SupportMusic Coalition: Articles & News

  • MAC Corner: Continuing the Journey

    Are you a music teacher? If you have not already done so, it is time to develop a plan – and perhaps several plans – because just as sure as we “zig,” things will “zag.” Your plan should include three key sections: resources, communication, and implementation.
  • NAMM Advocacy Summit Quotes

    NAMM Advocacy Summit: Speakers and Artists Sound Off

    On June 16, 2020 NAMM members and music education allies gathered online to participate in the NAMM Advocacy Summit. The summit provided participants to learn, engage and advocate for music education. Check out a compilation of soundbites heard during the educational sessions and live musical performances.
  • Fall Guidance for Music Education

    Fall 2020 Guidance for Music Education

    Created by NAMM partners, the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) and the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS), the Fall 2020 Guidance for Music Education document provides practical guidance for PreK-12 schools as administrators and music educators seek to provide meaningful music instruction for students during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • NAMM Advocacy Forum

    The NAMM Advocacy Forum Featuring John B. King, Jr.

    The NAMM Advocacy Forum on July 7 featured special guest John B. King, Jr., former Secretary of Education at the U.S. Department of Education and current CEO of The Education Trust. Attendees also received music education advocacy updates during break-out sessions where working advocates reported on their activity at the Federal, State, and Local levels.
  • The NAMM Foundation Joins Over 50 Organizations to Support Arts Education as Essential for Students During COVID-19 Pandemic and Into the Future

    National coalition urges preserving music education as mandated, and as vital lifeline for students and communities
  • Mary Luehrsen

    A Note from Mary: NAMM Foundation Executive Director

    I am writing, foremostly, with urgent hopes that this finds you, your family, friends and colleagues and organizations feeling well and doing okay. As we adapt to this period of new “normal,” The NAMM Foundation is offering resources to make music online, including learning and teaching music.
  • Best Communities for Music Education logo

    2020 Best Communities For Music Education Districts

    Congratulations to the 754 school districts that are among the Best Communities in the nation for music education. The award program recognizes outstanding efforts by teachers, administrators, parents, students and community leaders who have made music education part of a well-rounded education. Designations are made to districts and schools that demonstrate an exceptionally high commitment and access to music education.
  • SMMA

    2020 Supportmusic Merit Awards Schools

    Congratulations to the 148 schools that received the SupportMusic Merit Award (SMMA) from The NAMM Foundation! An SMMA Award is an opportunity for an individual school (public, private, parochial or charter) to be acknowledged for its commitment to music education. It is a "school-only" distinction awarded as part of the Best Communities for Music Education program.
  • Replay the Webinar: Teaching and Learning Music Online

    The NAMM Foundation, NAfME and the International Music Education Summit offered a free online workshop exploring teaching and learning resources. Replay the webinar today and share it with your network.
  • Girl Playing the Ukulele

    Top 10 Instruments for Children to Learn to Play Music

    Playing and learning music benefits people of all ages, including children—and, it’s proven to be fun.