Washington, DC (March 29, 2005)–The U.S. House of Representatives, acting on the recommendation of the House Committee on Education & the Workforce, expressed unanimous support for the value of school-based music education when it passed a Concurrent Resolution Tuesday, March 22 that says music instruction “is an important component of a well-rounded academic curriculum and should be available to every student in every school.”
Congressional Resolution 45, which passed on a voice vote, also recognized NAMM, the International Music Products Association, for its leadership in emphasizing the importance of school music programs in the academic and social development of children.
The resolution adds Congressional weight to struggles in communities across the country to maintain funding for music and arts education. It comes at a time when those programs are targeted for cuts, despite the overwhelming evidence of music’s benefit to learning.
Central to the debate Tuesday was the inclusion in the federal No Child Left Behind Act that music and arts education is part of the academic core curriculum. This Congressional endorsement re-states the value of music education as a vital element in a quality education for all children.
The text of the resolution, introduced by U.S. Reps. Jim Cooper of Tennessee’s 5th District and Randy “Duke” Cunningham of California’s 50th District and was backed by 21 co-sponsors, reads: “It is the sense of 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.” The resolution goes on to state, “the Congress recognizes NAMM, the International Music Products Association, for its efforts to emphasize the importance of school music programs in the academic and social development of children.”
“We thank Representatives Cooper and Cunningham and all of their colleagues for continuing their support of efforts to maintain music education funding in our schools,” said Joe Lamond, president and CEO, NAMM, the International Music Products Association. “We at NAMM, and our business networks, will do our part to translate this sense of the Congress expressed today into local action. For so many kids, music is a pathway to success in school – we will continue to work hard to improve access and opportunity for all children in the country.”
NAMM, the International Music Products Association