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Music Advocacy Email us to let us know how you'd like to help:                                                                                                               lausdmusiced@gmail.com


Rory Pullens, LAUSD Arts Ed. Branch "State of the Arts" Message

COMMUNICATE WITH YOUR CONCERT AUDIENCE! by inserting this half sheet "SAVE THE ARTS" flier in your concert programs.

Click on links below to download

March is Music in our Schools Month

How can you promote Music In Our Schools Month!

PDF of the Music Advocacy Coalition Meeting's POWER POINT

PDF of Support Music Advocacy Guide

Documents provided for further info & to distribute to parents:

Will you write a letter? English, Spanish

Crisis in Music education info: English, Spanish, Korean

What parents can do to help: English, Spanish, Korean

Locate your local District's School Board Members         (make sure you find your school site of interest on the map link below their name, their "district Number" is not thier Local District Number)

Further FACTS:

  • When you look at high-performing schools, you find a rich curriculum that includes music education.
  • 74% of employers agree that creativity is increasingly important in the US workplace
  • Teamwork and critical thinking rank in the five most important skills for new workforce entrants.

Music:

  • Develops skills needed by the 21st century workforce: critical thinking, creative problem solving, effective communication, team work, and more
  • Keeps students engaged in school and less likely to drop out
  • Improves the atmosphere for learning
  •  Helps students achieve in other academic subjects like math, science and reading
  • Helps communities share ideas and values among cultures and generations

“Students indicate that arts participation motivates them to stay in school, and that the arts create a supportive environment that promotes constructive acceptance of criticism and one in which it is safe to take risks.”     BARRY N., TAYLOR, K. AND WALLS K., CRITICAL LINKS: LEARNING IN THE ARTS AND STUDENT ACADEMIC AND SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT, AEP, 2002

“I write to bring to your attention the importance of the arts as a core academic subject and part of a complete education for all students. The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) defines that arts as a core subject, and the arts play a significant role in children’s development and learning process”                                                 US SECRETARY OF EDUCATION ARNE DUNCAN, AUGUST 2009


How can you help?

Ensure that your school administrators, teachers, legislators and community members know that the Elementary and Secondary Education Act includes music and the other arts as “core” academic subjects.

Identify key supporters of music education including members of the school board, administration, school faculty, parents, media, and influential civic and business leaders. Build relationships with these individuals before threats to the music program are apparent.

Encourage parents, students and/or influential members of the community to write an op-ed on the value of music education for your local newspaper. Invite a local news reporter to do a story or ask a newspaper to donate a full-page ad highlighting the benefits of music education.

*   6 WAYS TO INFLUENCE YOUR SCHOOL BOARD

 ALWAYS keep the big picture in mind and look at the comprehensive needs of children within that context – you can be sure your school board has many other priorities on their agenda and it’s important to respect and acknowledge that fact.

TAKE a long-term perspective. Survival of the music program may require dollars right now but in the long run, we really need to overhaul education financing and state and federal policy.

KNOW where the power lies and keep your focus on issues that are relevant to your audience. For example, talk with your school board members about the need for certified music teachers, not state funding priorities.

BE AWARE of windows of opportunity because timing really does matter. New research as well as lawsuits focused on quality and equity provides opportunities to illustrate your music program’s essential role in providing excellence in education and equitable access for all students.

BE A PROACTIVE guardian of quality programs. You can do this by protecting the space for music instruction, assuring that certified teachers are respected and compensated for their professional expertise, and by advocating for a sequential, standards-based curriculum. Never try to replace a school program with an outside program.

AND FINALLY, always place the well-being of children at the center of every advocacy effort, and don’t settle for merely raising test scores.


LINKS:

MENC - The National Music Teachers Association
www.menc.org/ 

SCSBOA- Southern CA School Band & Orchestra Association www.scsboa.org/

American Choral Directors Association acda.org/

Organization of American Kodaly Educators
www.oake.org/

Kodaly Association of Southern California
kasc.oake.org/ 

American Orff-Schulwerk Association
www.aosa.org

Los Angeles Chapter American Orff Schulwerk Association
www.laorff.org/Orff

Los Angeles Unified School District Arts Education Branch
notebook.lausd.net/