Members of Congress passed House Concurrent Resolution 121 unanimously, showing a display of continued support from Congress for music education as part of a complete education for all children.
This provides another tool for advocates to use when making the case for the importance of music in our schools.
Tip of the hat to NAMM for leading the effort to make this happen!
H. CON. RES. 121
Whereas school music programs enhance intellectual development and enrich the academic environment for students of all ages;
Whereas students who participate in school music programs are less likely to be involved with drugs, gangs, or alcohol and have better attendance in school;
Whereas the skills gained through sequential music instruction, including discipline and the ability to analyze, solve problems, communicate, and work cooperatively, are vital for success in the 21st century workplace;
Whereas the majority of students attending public schools in inner city neighborhoods have virtually no access to music education, which places them at a disadvantage compared to their peers in other communities;
Whereas the arts are a core academic subject, and music is an essential element of the arts; and
Whereas every student in the United States should have an opportunity to reap the benefits of music education: Now, therefore, be it
Resolved by the House of Representatives (the Senate concurring), That it is the sense of the Congress that music education grounded in rigorous instruction is an important component of a well-rounded academic curriculum and should be available to every student in every school.
Passed the House of Representatives April 25, 2007.
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