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The Music for All Blog
Thursday, March 29, 2012

I Believe

Music for All believes that music education is a core component of a student’s education and must be available to all students. Music for All’s mission is to create, provide and expand positively life-changing experiences through music for all. Our vision is to be a catalyst to ensure that every child across America has access and opportunity to participate in active music making in his or her scholastic environment.



Music for All uses its national profile programming to recognize, model, showcase and provide individual, teacher and organizational examples of music performance excellence and achievement. We believe in supporting our participants through innovation and growth while setting the standards needed for high-quality music education experiences.

Music for All is dedicated to providing participants and their communities with access to valuable advocacy tools and resources. These tools support music education by promoting awareness of music’s impact on student growth and achievement. We hope you join us in our “I Believe” advocacy awareness campaign by making a donation to support our educational programming and teacher training across the country. Music for All will work relentlessly to ensure that every student across America has access to hands-on music making. We hope you are inspired by and become part of our cause to BELIEVE!



Check out first-hand testimonials below. Share your own story of why you believe in music education, why you believe in music in our schools, and why you believe in Music for All. Click the button below to tell your story, or email your story to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and include a video and a picture as well.


"Your goal, 'to create, provide and expand positively life-changing experiences through music for all,' was in full force with our kids, parents, and staff. Your event is unique, positive, musical, rewarding, and special. You have made a mark on our kids and program that will last forever. Because of this, we will have many students applying for your 2013 Honor Band of America and Jazz Band of America. Thank you for providing a forum for young musicians, and us directors, to aspire. I too believe in Music for All!"

- Brian Logan, Director of Bands, Wheeling High School and 2012 Music for All National Festival participant 

To read Brian Logan's full testimonial, click here.

"My daughter started playing the trumpet in 4th grade, by the 7th grade she knew she wanted to be a Band Director. She attended her first band camp that summer and started attending the Summer Symposium soon after. The experience was truly positively life-changing. Now, she is close to completing her freshman year at the University of Illinois as a music education/trumpet performance major. I believe in music education not only because she will need a job in three years, but because music and band gave her a sense of belonging in high school and now in college. Being a member of the Marching Illini helped her make fast friends and gives her a place to belong. Thank you!"

- Jeannine M. Leuden, parent of a Summer Symposium participant

Read the full press release about the "I Believe" campaign. 


Published in Music Advocacy
Thursday, January 19, 2012

SupportMusic Coalition Webcast

Join Music for All's own President and CEO Eric Martin tomorrow, Friday, January 20, 2012 for SupportMusic Coalition's Webcast and Teleconference! Here are the details:

SupportMusic student with trumpetSupportMusic Coalition Webcast and Teleconference 'Live' from The NAMM Show, Anaheim Hilton, Level 2, California Pavilion 

2 PM Pacific Standard Time
3 PM Mountain Standard Time
4 PM Central Standard Time
5 PM Eastern Standard Time

Please call in five minutes prior to start time as the webcast will begin promptly at 2:00 PM. This will be a listen in call only! Therefore, all calls will be automatically muted. You will be acknowledged in the minutes of the call if you send an e-mail regarding your participation to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

To Access Webcast:

Call-In Instructions:
1. United States: 1 866 740 1260 code: 2000600#
2. All International Callers dial +1 303 248 0285 code: 2000600#
Click here for international time and date 


2:00 PM: Welcome & Introduction - Mary Luehrsen, Director, Public Affairs and Government Relations, NAMM, Executive Director, NAMM Foundation 

Launch of Best Communities for Music EducationEric Martin, President and CEO, Music for All, Inc.

SupportMusic Coalition Updates

-  Welcome New Affiliates

-  Announcements

2:10 PM: Panel Discussion Theme: "I Feel Good: Celebrities Advocate for Music Education," featuring guest speakers:

Deanna Brown Thomas, The Brown Family Children Foundation President:

Bernie Williams, Author, Musician, Former Major League Baseball Outfielder:

Bootsy Collins, American Funk Bassist, Singer, and Songwriter:

Phil Collen, Co-lead Guitarist & Backing Vocalist for English Rock Band Def Leppard:

2:40 PM: SBO Award Presentation: The Don Johnson Music Industry Service Award -  Presented to Keith Mardak, Chairman and CEO, Hal Leonard by Sidney Davis, Group Publisher, Symphony Publishing

2:45 PM: ISME Award Presentation: The ISME Global Sonar Award - Presented to NAMM and Joe Lamond by Graham Welch, President, International Society for Music Education and Stanley Jordan, Guitarist, Composer and Clinician 

2:59 PM: Closing Remarks

3:00 PM: Teleconference/Webcast ends

3:01-4 PM: Reception

Join the SupportMusic Coalition!

The SupportMusic Coalition is building a proactive and unified approach to federal, state and local level advocacy for music education as a core academic subject in schools. The coalition is united in its support of a complete education that includes music and arts instruction for all children. Read the Executive Summary for more information, or to join the coalition now fill out the response form and return to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Hear NAMM members and industry leaders Rick Young and Steve West share why they participate - and why you should too!

Published in News
Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Tell us your story

Tell us why you believe in music education!

Tell us why you believe in music education, why you believe in music in our schools, and why you believe in Music for All. Music for All’s mission is to create, provide and expand positively life-changing experiences through music for all. There is no better way to illustrate to communities, administrators and decision-makers about the power and importance of music education than through the stories of those whose lives have been touched by music.

Click here to fill out the form now

Published in Connect
Monday, June 06, 2011

Stories & Articles

Articles and Stories about the Importance of Music and Arts Education

With A Little Help, Violin Students Get To Carnegie Hall, by Jeff Lunden, NPR Music News

An inner city school fights to save its orchestra, by Martha Irvine, AP National Writer, The Seattle Times

Escaping Violence via the Drill Team, but Not Completely, by Don Terry, The New York Times

Charity Tillemann-Dick: Singing after a double lung transplant, Video on

Texas musicians heading Down Under to perform with YouTube orchestra, by Tara Dooley, Copyright 2011 Houston Chronicle

Hearing the Music, Honing the Mind, The Editors, Scientific American

Band members give surprise show for Meals on Wheels recipients, by Jim Douglas,, Dallas/Fort Worth

Lawrence Central football player turns to violin, by Scott Swan,, Indianapolis

Fulton parents press music plea, by Gracie Bonds Staples, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Einstein On Creative Thinking: Music and the Intuitive Art of Scientific Imagination, Published on March 31, 2010 by Michele and Robert Root-Bernstein in Imagine That!

Published in Music Advocacy
Each month the SupportMusic coalition holds a teleconference to share current advocacy actions and ideas from communities and schools nationally and abroad. If you missed this month's SupportMusic teleconference with featured guest Carol Channing and Harry Kullijian, you can listen to the call in it's entirety. You can also search archives to listen to audio or read transcripts.
Published in News

Since 1998, the NAMM Foundation has been conducting the Best Communities for Music Education (BCME) Survey, a nationwide search for communities whose programs exemplify commitment to music education. The initiative recognizes and celebrates communities and their school administrators, teachers, board members, parents, community leaders and students for their support and commitment to their music education programs. The program also acknowledges community and school district commitment to ensure access to music education for all students.

Music for All is proud to take part in this important national recognition effort, and we encourage you participate in it as well by completing the 12th annual Best Communities for Music Education in America (BCME) survey. The 2011 survey will once again be conducted in collaboration with The Institute for Educational Research and Public Service of Lawrence, KS, an affiliate of the University of Kansas.

Visit The NAMM Foundation on the Web at now and through March 13, 2011 to review and complete an online survey form on behalf of your community. If you prefer, you can forward this message to a school administrator, teacher, or Board of Education member who has more of the data close at hand.

Over the years, school districts have reported that being designated a “Best Community for Music Education” helped them gain valuable recognition for their communities that in turn aided their efforts to sustain and grow their music education programs. We encourage you to participate now on behalf of your community.

Participate in the survey.

Published in News
Thursday, August 12, 2010

Music Advocacy

We Lead With Music

Music for All’s advocacy programs and resources are key elements in our vision to be a catalyst to ensure that every child across America has access and opportunity to active music making in his or her scholastic environment. Our educational programs and events are just one way we deliver our advocacy efforts and message: We lead with music. Music for All is committed to providing the most comprehensive resource center supporting the cause of music and arts education. Read and share music advocacy stories and articles, music education research findings and relevant advocacy links to make your case for music education in our schools. Through Advocacy in Action, Music for All is helping to promote music education, music in our schools and Music for All. Click on a button below to discover Music for All's Advocacy in Action resources and programs. 


View the latest music education research findings, advocacy materials and downloads in our Tools & Resources section. Everything you need to be an advocate for music education in your community!

Music has an enormous impact, especially for America’s youth. Check this page often for inspiring and moving stories and articles about the importance of music education.

Is a music program in your community at risk? Visit this page for resources to help your program and to inform Music for All team so that we can advocate for your program.

Do you believe? Show your support for music in America’ schools by joining the “I Believe” awareness and annual fund campaign.

The Patrick John Hughes Parent/Booster Award annually recognizes the extraordinary commitment, dedication, support and sacrifice of music parents and boosters. Read more about Patrick John Hughes, previous award winners and learn how to nominate the exceptional parent or booster in your music program.

Have a music advocacy success story? Did music have a profound impact on you? Share your story with Music for All and it may be featured on our blog or in an upcoming publication.


Music for All is a proud member of the SupportMusic Coalition and the Music Education Policy Roundtable.MusEd Policy Roundtable Click on the logos below to learn more!


Published in Music Advocacy
Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Tools & Resources

Music for All is committed to providing access to valuable information and resources to support music and the arts in education and communities. The following tools and resources can equip you with templates, facts and figures, posters and stories to successfully make your case for music education in your school and community. Check back often for the most up-to-date resources, and be sure to visit the Stories & Articles page for moving stories about music's incredible impact. If you have questions about Music for All's advocacy initiatives, feel free to contact us.


Music for All is proud to be the title sponsor of "Be Part of the Band: Elementary Style," a menu of high quality tools to help band directors attact as many students as possible to their program. "Be Part of the Band" includes templates, videos and other valuable resources to aid in school band recruitment.


The SupportMusic Community Action Kit provides resources to help you advocate for a complete education that includes music instruction for every child. The Kit includes grassroots advocacy guides, communication tools and templates including sample letters, petition templates, downloadable PowerPoint presentations and posters. The SupportMusic Community Action Kit was created and presented by MFA partners NAMM and the National Association for Music Education.

Quick Facts

Need facts and figures to make your case for music education? Check this page often for the latest facts and research supporting music in our nation's schools.

Quick Facts

Partners and Links

Music for All partners with advocacy organizations such as NAMM, the National Association for Music Education and Americans for the Arts to provide the highest quality information for music educators and advocates to utilize. Visit this page to learn more about organizations making a difference in music education and advocacy.

Partners and Links

Music Advocacy Slideshow

Need a music advocacy slideshow to show at concerts, events or school board meetings? Music for All created this slideshow for each of its educational events and has made it available to you as well. You can view the slideshow here and download the presentation in multiple formats.

Music Advocacy Slideshow


TrebleClef-buttonDownload the "Why Music?" Poster

Display your support for music education and Music for All at home, in your office or at school! Below are multiple downloadable sizes of the "Why Music?" poster for your personal use.

8.5x11 Poster

11x17 Poster

16x24 Poster

20x30 Poster

Published in Music Advocacy
Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Quick Facts and Stats

Student Performance

The College Entrance Examination Board found that students involved in public school music programs scored 107 points higher on the SAT's than students with no participation.
- Profiles of SAT and Achievement Test Takers, The College Board,
compiled by the Music Educators National Conference (2002)

U.S. Department of Education data on more than 25,000 secondary school students found that students who report consistent high levels of involvement in instrumental music over the middle and high school years show "significantly higher levels of mathematics proficiency by grade 12."
- U.S. Department of Education NELLS88 Database

Public Support and Access

According to a 2003 Gallup survey, 95 percent of Americans believe that music is a key component in a child's well-rounded education.
- American Attitudes on Music, Music Making and Music Education, The Gallup Organization 2003

In spite of this public support and documented benefits, "only one in four eighth graders reported being asked to sing or play a music instrument at least once a week."
-1998 NAEP Assessment

Life Skills

Arts involvement teaches children many skills necessary to succeed in life, including problem solving and decision making, building self-confidence and self-discipline, the ability to imagine what might be and to accept responsibility for it, teamwork, the development of informed perception, and articulating a vision.
- Compiled from various research documents and reports

Secondary students who participated in band or orchestra reported the lowest lifetime and current use of all substances (alcohol, tobacco, illicit drugs).
- Texas Commission on Drug and Alcohol Abuse, Houston Chronicle, January 11, 1998

Scientific Research

A research team reports that early music training dramatically enhancing children's abstract reasoning skills. These findings indicate that music uniquely enhances higher brain functions required for mathematics, chess, science and engineering.
- From Neurological Research, Feb 28, 1997; Frances Rauscher, Ph.D., Gordon Shaw, Ph.D, University of California, Irvine

A two-year Swiss study involving 1,200 children in 50 schools showed that students involved in the music program were better at languages, learned to read more easily, showed an improved social climate, showed more enjoyment in school, and had a lower level of stress than non-music students.
-Weber, E.W., Spychiger, M. & Patry, J.L. (1993)

Arts and the Economy

America's nonprofit arts industry generates $134 billion in economic activity every year, including $24.4 billion in federal, state, and local tax revenues.
- Americans for the Arts

Despite this, state-level arts spending dropped from $409 million in fiscal year 2002 to 354.5 in fiscal year 2003 and declined again to $272.4 million in 2004.
- National Assembly of State Arts Agencies

Published in Music Advocacy
Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Help My Program

If your music program is facing elimination, use the link below and include your name, address, phone number and school district in your e-mail. We will connect you to people in your area who may be able to help you right away.

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