SupportMusic Coalition: Articles & News

  • 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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    Top Technology for Music Teachers: Discover New Tools

    The internet has changed the way music educators teach music. Resources are available for music educators to discover technology tools.
  • Talking Up Music Education Podcast

    Music Education Advocate and NAMM Member Mark Despotakis on Bringing Everyone to The Table

    Talking Up Music Education is a podcast from The NAMM Foundation about music education. Download and listen to episode 87 featuring NAMM member Mark Despotakis.
  • Music Creation Programs

    How to Create Music Programs in Your Community

    Creating music programs in your community is easier than you think! The NAMM Foundation presents music-making activities and resources for NAMM members and community organizations to spread the joys and benefits of making music.
  • MAC Corner: Defining the Difference

    Every teacher we had made a difference in our lives; some greater than others. We all aspire to make a difference in this world, our classrooms, rehearsals and performances.
  • MAC Corner: The Reasons Students Stay with Music

    Now that the school year has started, it’s not too early to remember recruiting and retention. Here are the reasons students stay with music.