What is it, and why do we need it?

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  • The act of pleading for, supporting, or recommending; active espousal: He was known for his advocacy of states' rights.
  • The act of pleading or arguing in favor of something, such as a cause, idea, or policy; active support.
  • Active support of an idea or cause etc.; especially the act of pleading or arguing for something.

All three of these definitions have one very important word in common: "active." Our current state of educational policy demands that we, as music educators, also be music advocates, and in some cases, arts advocates in general. Administrators of all levels have been guilty of putting the demands of the AYP bar above all other educational priorities, sometimes to the detriment or elimination of music and other arts programs in schools. It is up to us to actively promote our programs and make the value of what we do obvious to others, inside and outside the school system. We must put our programs at the center of school life in such a way that no one could imagine cutting music instruction from the curriculum. Does this take some extra work? Yes. Are we paid extra for it? No. Is it in the best interests of our students and communities? Absolutely.

As Advocacy chair, I am here for any teacher, parent, program, or school to help provide guidance and resources for music education advocacy. Please do not hesitate to contact me with questions comments, or concerns.

Resources Available

Here are a few internet resources, each of which provides a great deal of information on music education advocacy. These are good starting points and can point you in the direction of more specific information. If you do not find what you need, you can contact me as I have collected a lot of articles and resources.

KMEA Advocacy page
A wealth of information, sponsored by MENC and NAMM.
Also has a shop with advocacy items.

Joey Nickols
Norton Community HS
513 W Wilberforce St
Norton, KS 67654
w: 785-877-3338