Restoring Music Education in Schools
The benefit of children's music education is a popular topic.
On television, in print and on the Web, there's a wealth of information and research supporting the American Music Conference theory, "Kids who study music do better in school and in life."
The VH1 Save The Music Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the quality of education in America's public schools by maintaining and restoring their music programs. In addition, the Foundation is committed to raising awareness about the powerful benefits music education provides to all our children. Through partnerships with affiliates and advocates, as well as corporate and national sponsors, VH1 Save The Music conducts awareness campaigns, musical instrument drives, and fundraising events in conjunction with public schools to help restore instrumental music programs.
Programs are restored through the implementation of a new beginning instrumental music program, incorporated as part of the regular curriculum of the school. The program may be a band, string, guitar, or keyboard lab program. Program restoration is the primary focus of the Foundation.
They work closely with local school boards, their affiliates, and their other partners when deciding which school(s) and/or districts the VH1 Save The Music program would best benefit with need being the primary factor.
Here is a list of things you can do to support music education in your community:
Call your childís school to find out more about their music program.
Speak with your childís teachers, and let them know you support the learning opportunities that music education provides.
Form a group of concerned parents and attend local school board meetings.
Encourage community arts groups to form partnerships with local schools.
Keep music alive - listen at home with your children and share each otherís tastes, so that an appreciation of many styles can be fostered.
Links to Learn More and How You Can Help:
Save the Music
VH1 Save the Music
Music For All Foundation
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