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Music Education in Schools

Music & Arts has a long history of supporting music education in schools. We are proud to announce our new partnership with AMP, The National Association of Music Parents.

AMP National Association of Music Parents

Music & Arts is a proud sponsor of AMP – The National Association of Music Parents

AMP – the Association of Music Parents provides you ALL of the information that you need to know to support your child in music and arm you with the tools needed to keep music and the arts strong in your educational community.

AMP is for parents of school aged music students.

"At this time when you are making critical and far- reaching budget and program decisions…I write to bring to your attention the importance of the arts as a core academic subject and part of a complete education for all students. The Elementary and Secondary Education Act defines the arts as a core subject, and the arts play a significant role in children's development and learning process. The arts can help students become tenacious, team-oriented problem solvers who are confident and able to think creatively."
--Arne Duncan, U.S. Secretary of Education, 2009

Playing an instrument as a kid leads to a sharper mind in old age, according to a new study conducted by Brenda Hanna-Pladdy, a clinical neuropsychologist in Emory's Department of neurology, and her colleagues. The researchers found that those who had played an instrument for a decade or longer scored significantly higher on the tests than those with no musical background.
--Scientific American, 2011

The College Board showed that students who took four years of arts and music classes while in high school scored 91 points better on their SATs than students who took only one-half year or less. (1070 vs. 979, respectively).
--Data from 2009

Nearly 100% of past winners in the prestigious Siemens Westinghouse Competition in Math, Science and Technology (for high school students) play one or more musical instruments. This led the Siemens Foundation to host a recital at Carnegie Hall in 2004, featuring some of these young people, after which a panel of experts debated the nature of the apparent science/music link.
--The Midland Chemist (American Chemical Society) Vol. 42, No.1, Feb. 2005

More Music Education Facts

What is the Association of Music Parents?

The Association of Music Parents, AMP, is a non profit organization whose mission is to build a grassroots national movement that will Engage and Empower parents and music education supporters to take ownership of our children's complete education, including music and the arts.

AMP will give parents tools and best practices to help champion these curriculums in their local communities, along with proven advocacy strategies to help ensure that ALL children can access quality music education programs.

The AMP website is a repository of information for you to immerse yourself in and share with others the valuable impact music is making in your child's life. You will be able to:

• View impactful videos
• Learn useful advocacy techniques
• View and download all documents in the resource section
• Read thought provoking, poignant, and hilarious blogs
• Pore over critical music facts
• Ask and answer questions
• Participate in webinars and conferences
• Receive discounts on AMP store purchases

AMP also encourages you to share your stories, successes and challenges with other parents and truly build this national community of music parents!

Visit AMParents.org Today!