Music Education Policy Roundtable

Letter to Biden-Harris Transition Team to advance music education

The Music Education Policy Roundtable is a public policy coalition that advocates on behalf of ensuring the continued presence and perseverance of high quality music programs in America’s schools.

Originally conceived of and formalized by the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) and the American String Teachers Association (ASTA), the roundtable includes many great music education organizations unified under a single policy banner. It works to achieve a consensus set of federal legislative recommendations, on behalf of the profession and all of those who stand to benefit from its contributions to education. The roundtable believes that music education should be taught by certified music educators, delivering sequential, standards-based music education to all students across the nation, regardless of personal circumstance or background.

Areas of Work:

  • Policy development
  • Federal advocacy
  • State-level advocacy support
  • Advocacy training
  • Music education advocacy PR
  • Web content and support
  • Membership development

Roundtable Guiding Commitments:

  • To stand in unison, first and foremost, for the perseverance of sequential, standards-based music education in America’s schools, taught by certified-music educators.
  • To utilize our annual Federal Legislative Agenda to benefit music education, however possible, ensuring consistency of policy goals amongst Roundtable member-groups, whenever possible.
  • To foster, facilitate and engage grassroots advocacy capacity building activities being conducted by Roundtable member-groups in the field, in efforts to protect music programs.To regularly interact with and share our policy work with arts education supporters from across the country, in order to bolster the overall impact of our collective advocacy work.

Roundtable Members:

American Composers Forum
American Orff-Schulwerk Association
American School Band Directors Association
American String Teachers Association
Barbershop Harmony Society
Chorus America
College Band Directors National Association
Education Through Music
El Sistema USA: A National Alliance of El Sistema Inspired Programs
Gordon Institute for Music Learning
Jazz at Lincoln Center
J. W. Pepper & Son
League of American Orchestras
Little Kids Rock
MakeMusic, Inc.
Music and the Brain
Music for All
Music Teachers National Association
Musician’s Toolkit
National Association for Music Education
National Association of Music Merchants 
National Federation of State High School Associations
National Music Council
Organization of American Kodály Educators
Percussive Arts Society
Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia
Progressive Music
Quadrant Arts Education Research
Quaver’s Marvelous World of Music
The Recording Academy
Rock and Roll Forever Foundation
Strathmore Hall Foundation
VH1 Save the Music Foundation
Winter Guard International