In June a 3-member delegation from MMEA will travel to Washington, D.C. to participate in the NAfME Hill Day. Over 200 music education advocates attended aver 200 meetings with their members of Congress and/or staff at the 2016 event. Two television interviews were conducted, a congressional briefing took place and over 70 collegiate members participated from across the country. Our combined national social media efforts reached 7.2 million people. This was the largest and most successful Hill Day event to date! This year our MMEA delegation will meet with legislators/staffers to discuss a variety of issues, including the recent passage of ESSA, the Every Student Succeeds Act. We will also teacher evaluation, music teacher certification and the plethora of state issues we’re currently working on in Michigan (including proposed elementary general music legislation).
Music Education Advocacy Day
The Michigan Music Education Association (MMEA), in collaboration with the Michigan School Vocal Music Association (MSVMA) and the Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association (MSBOA), is excited to celebrate our 3rd-annual Music Education Advocacy Day on Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at the State Capitol (Lansing). Representatives from each of these three associations will meet with legislators & the state board of education throughout the day to discuss the importance of music education in Michigan schools. A performance featuring ensembles from K-12 Michigan schools will be presented from 12-1 PM in the Glass Floor Rotunda.
- Equitable access to elementary music instruction, (re-introduction of the K-5 general music bill)
- Requirement that all music classes PK-12 be taught by a JX or JQ certified music educator
Elementary teachers interested in having their students perform at this year’s advocacy day should visit our Advocacy Day Page to learn more about submitting a performance application.
We encourage you to communicate with the legislators from your home district and let them know how important music education is to you and your students. Please feel free to use the language above as you craft a letter/email telling lawmakers about this very important day, and about the power of music education. CLICK HERE to find your local Representative. CLICK HERE to find your local Senator.
Let’s stand together as we work for quality music education opportunities for Michigan students!
MMEA Support Statement
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You will find sample language, photo opportunities, how to write a press release, and more!
See our Links Page for Michigan advocacy resources and groups.