In honor of Music in Our Schools Month, the Gingrich Foundation is pleased to recognize the National Association for Music Education(NAfME) as its March Charity of the Month.
Like NAfME, we believe that music is an essential part of a complete education. It teaches discipline, character, teamwork, creativity, and self-expression. In addition, there is strong evidence linking music education with cognitive development and achievement in language and mathematics. Under a variety of pressures, however, many schools across the country unfortunately have been cutting or eliminating music programs from the curriculum.
The National Association for Music Education’s Music in Our Schools Month reminds us that every child in America should have access to an education that includes music. NAfME was founded in New York State in 1973 to promote the benefits of learning music. In the four decades since, it has expanded into a worldwide campaign to spread musical awareness, involving tens of thousands of students and teachers. One of the most important activities is the Concert for Music in Our Schools Month, a sing-along of students around the world, which has touched millions young people since its inception.
For many years, the National Association for Music Education has remained devoted to its mission of promoting the study of music in our schools. Providing instructors with resources and advice, NAfME creates crucial opportunities for students to perform in concerts and competitions. NAfME’s Give A Note Foundation has given hundreds of thousands of dollars to school music programs and funded research and training for new teachers.
All students deserve a balanced education, and that means one that includes the study of music. The National Association for Music Education is one of our country’s leading organization for the promotion of music education.
Please join us in supporting the National Association for Music Education today.