…but that does not mean that we should stop promoting the importance of music education. The National Association for Music Education has designated March as a month of celebration and recognition after the idea for the event was conceptualized and has expanded over the last few decades. Throughout this last month, my social media feeds were filled with inspirational quotes about music education, from various organizations that I follow and my friends that are involved with music. This is the kind of promotion that will encourage others to get involved and work to protect the arts.
Whether you’re a teacher, student, or parent, one of the best ways to spread awareness about the benefits of music education is to share your story. Music is something very personal, and it can bring out the humanity in a person; your personal stories can be so powerful, and more so than statistics and facts, they can be moving in demonstrating the impact of music on a person. March is a wonderful time for sharing stories and thoughts, and I think it is so cool that the NAfME has worked to make this an annual celebration, but that does not mean we get to forget about spreading awareness during the rest of the year. The financial support that makes music education possible is waning, so whether it is through social media or just by telling a friend, always remember to share your story and spread the word.