Press Release: The Music Education Policy Roundtable Welcomes Support of Music Teachers National Association

RESTON, VA (June 15, 2012) – The National Association for Music Education welcomes Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) as an official member of The Music Education Policy Roundtable.

MTNA has cemented its role as an organization essential to the professional and individual well-being of music-teaching professionals, and a vital partner in their growth and development.  With nearly 22,000 members in 50 states, and more than 500 local affiliates, MTNA supports members with like-minded values and commitment to their students, colleagues, and society as a whole.

“MTNA is delighted to add the voice of its members, the independent and collegiate studio music teachers, to the Music Education Policy Roundtable. As partners in The Roundtable, we are able to accomplish so much more cooperatively than any of us could accomplish working independently.  MTNA promises its best efforts to advance music education through its collaboration with the other members of The Roundtable,” said Gary L. Ingle, MTNA executive director and CEO.

The Music Education Policy Roundtable is a rapidly growing music education coalition that, through year-round advocacy, is changing minds in Washington, DC and attitudes across the country about the importance of maintaining school music programs.

“We are pleased to welcome MTNA to the Roundtable,” said Michael A. Butera, executive director and CEO of NAfME. “We take our cause seriously.  We in the field know that music has a demonstrable impact on student learning and reaches far beyond the school. We want to ensure that every child has access to music in school. Working together with our Roundtable partners, we plan to help others learn how music education orchestrates success.”

With MTNA’s added presence, the call for music advocacy action is louder, and America’s students have a better promise of receiving a comprehensive and complete education experience.

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National Association for Music Education, among the world’s largest arts education organizations, is the only association that addresses all aspects of music education. NAfME advocates at the local, state, and national levels; provides resources for teachers, parents, and administrators; hosts professional development events; and offers a variety of opportunities for students and teachers. The Association orchestrates success for millions of students nationwide and has supported music educators at all teaching levels for more than a century.


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