Another arrow in our quiver to use to help advance the role of music in our schools

Members of Congress voiced their support for school music today as the U.S. House of Representatives passed House Concurrent Resolution 355 that recognizes the benefits and importance of school-based music education. The Resolution was debated on the floor of the House on April 4 and passed unanimously.
NAMM, the International Music Products Association, led the effort to secure the Resolution, providing research and materials for Reps. Jim Cooper (D-TN) and Jon Porter (R-NV), who initiated the bi-partisan resolution that has the support of over 30 Congressional cosponsors. The resolution states that music enhances intellectual development, enriches the academic environment, promotes good attendance and helps students develop a variety of essential skills, in addition to a myriad of other benefits.
"This Resolution demonstrates Congressional support for music education in school, its importance in a quality education for all children and the benefits of music making," said Mary Luehrsen, director of public affairs and government relations, NAMM. "State and local governing bodies and music advocates can leverage this federal level endorsement as they plan and set educational policies. It is also our hope that local advocates can use this support to demonstrate the benefits of music in the lives of every student."

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