Press Release: The Music Education Policy Roundtable Welcomes Support of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia

RESTON, VA (June 22, 2012) –Today, the National Association for Music Education welcomes Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia as an official member of The Music Education Policy Roundtable.

Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity is the nation’s oldest and largest music fraternity. Established in 1898 at the New England Conservatory, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia is dedicated to creating harmony in the world through its philanthropic and musical endeavors. The goals of the fraternity, to enhance the bonds of brotherhood between its members and to advance music in America, provide strength and direction to well over 100,000 living members, members who represent the highest levels of achievement and dedication to their art in a variety of fields.

“For Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, music advocacy and support for music education come down to what we can do to coordinate the efforts of our chapters in state and national initiatives; and how we can make our members individually into committed and effective advocates for music education.  Our hope is that by joining the Music Education Policy Roundtable we will not only be able to lend the voice and ear of thousands of members, but also provide tangible materials and information to train them as passionate and effective advocates,”  said John Mongiovi, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia national president.

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 Phi Mu Alph Sinfonia 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 Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia’s presence, the call for music advocacy action is louder, and America’s students have a better promise of receiving a comprehensive and complete education.


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