Music In Our Schools Month® Is Over…

…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. Continue reading “Music In Our Schools Month® Is Over…”

A Horrifying Quiet on the Horizon

Earlier this month, President Donald Trump announced his plans to completely cut the funding for the National Endowment for the Arts — to say that I was angry would be a bit of an understatement. This funding takes up a whole 0.004% of the national budget, and the president is planning on taking that money and funneling it towards the military, which currently accounts for about 16% of the budget. By just quickly skimming through this blog, you can tell that the arts are something that I hold very dear to my heart: it is of the utmost importance that we do everything in our power to prevent the opportunities that the arts bring from being taken away from our children. Continue reading “A Horrifying Quiet on the Horizon”

How to Support

There are so many benefits to music education, and there are so many wonderful programs across the country creating safe havens for students of all backgrounds. However, many of these programs are underfunded and in danger of collapsing. On top of this, rumors have been circulating in the media since President Trump’s inauguration that he is considering cutting the small 0.003% of the federal budget that is dedicated to the National Endowment for the Arts and instead redirecting it towards military spending. It is of utmost importance to protect these programs, but the question is: how? Continue reading “How to Support”