News From Music Education Week: Monday, June 27

Monday, June 27 was a busy day for 2011 Music Education Week.
(Photos by Becky Spray and Roz Fehr)

The National Association for Music Education introduced the Music Education Nation, which aims to connect music educators to speak with one voice in order to achieve public policy goals.

Association President Scott C. Shuler discussed “The Wisdom of Crowds” at the General Assembly session, explaining the role of coalition-building, in which the Roundtable will play a large role.

“Today, we will discuss the matter of forever shifting the manner in which we envision and conduct the National Association for Music Education’s advocacy efforts,” Shuler said.

The change in philosophy means moving away from ”achieving singular strength as an association, to one in which we will, hopefully, in time, come to speak for the entire field of music education, buttressing the collective efforts of all music advocates, and raising the profile of the profession,” Shuler said.

Michael A. Butera, executive director of the National Association for Music Education, presented a plaque commemorating the creation of the Music Education Policy Roundtable to American String Teachers Association (ASTA) Executive Director Donna Sizemore Hale. The Association and ASTA are the first members of the new group.

Leaders who prepared to visit elected officials on Capitol Hill also attended advocacy training.

After rehearsals under the guidance of Fred Irby III of Howard University in Washington, DC, the All-Honors Jazz Band performed a set, and then joined the U.S. Army Blues for a song. The Blues performed a set on Monday night as well.

On Monday night the Association also announced the launch of Give a Note Foundation, which will raise money to bring school music programs to low-wealth, underserved areas.

Barbara Geer, immediate past president of The National Association of Music Education, announced the launch of Give A Note Foundation. Board member Eliot Pfansthiel, chief executive officer of the Strathmore Hall Foundation in North Bethesda, Maryland, also spoke at a reception.

The Choral, Instrumental, and General Music Academies, which concluded on Tuesday, welcomed music teachers on Monday.

Read more about these and other Music Education Week events in the August issue of Teaching Music.

Watch a webcast of the General Session at MENC Groundswell.

See news and photos from Friday, June 24, Saturday, June 25 and Sunday, June 26. News and photos from Tuesday, June 28 will be posted soon.

Roz Fehr, July 6, 2011 © MENC: The National Association for Music Education