I was recently trading emails with Sue Rarus, a family friend and the Research Director of MENC, the National Association for Music Education. We were discussing details of MENC’s Music Education Week in Washington, DC, as I am making an effort to convince some members of UMiami’s collegiate chapter of MENC to attend this festival. Sue brought up an additional MENC initiative in our discussion, though, that I would like to share with you today.
MENC has recently begun an initiative to petition the U.S. Department of Education to require the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (now known as No Child Left Behind) to include music education as a required component of each public education curriculum in the United States. What does all that mean? In short, they are petitioning the government to require music education be a requirement for all public school students. MENC aims to have at least 1 million signatures on their petition by the time they come before the legislators on June 18.
This petition is just getting started, but I would urge each and every one of you who has been touched by music in any way to sign this petition, and help MENC make a statement in Washington.