Tuesday, March 14, 2017
The Michigan Music Education Association (MMEA), in collaboration with the Michigan School Vocal Music Association (MSVMA), celebrated our 3rd-annual Music Education Advocacy Day on Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at the State Capitol (Lansing). Representatives from each of these associations, along with business leaders & parents, met 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 was presented from 12-1 PM in the Glass Floor Rotunda.
The groups featured on this concert included:
Ross Park Elementary School Choir (Mona Shores), directed by Justin Sarns
Carly Bins, Guitar/Vocal Soloist (Northville High School, Northville)
Nikolas Simon, Violin Soloist (Conant Elementary School, Bloomfield Hills)
Berrien Springs Middle School 7th/8th Grade Choir (Berrien Springs), directed by Carrie VanDenburgh
MMEA and MSVMA are united in their support for quality music education in Michigan. We are encouraging lawmakers to support two K-5 music education bills, SB 0198 and HB 4349. If enacted, this ESSA-aligned legislation would authorize best practice guidelines for K-5 general music contact time and teaching environment, and would ensure the preservation and continuous development of high quality music education experiences for all Michigan students.
MMEA & MSVMA are united in their support for quality music education in Michigan. We are currently working on this year’s legislative agenda, and will update our website with the new information in the coming weeks.
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The Michigan Music Education Association is a professional organization that serves music educators, students, parents, and community members through leadership in the advancement of music teaching and learning. MMEA offers professional development workshops throughout the state and performance opportunities for elementary, middle & high school students. MMEA has a strong history of providing state and national advocacy/legislative support and outreach to pre-service, current and retired Michigan music educators of all experience levels. MMEA is a proud state-affiliate of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME).
Nikolas Simon, 2017 violin soloist (Conant Elementary School, Bloomfield Hills)
Pictures from Advocacy Day 2016: