Strengthening Music Programs While Avoiding Advocacy Pitfalls
This article examines ways in which music education advocacy efforts have become disconnected from the unified visions and declarations of music educators espoused in the Tanglewood and Housewright declarations and are thus reifying the disconnect between what we value and what we say we value. We first analyze the policies posited by the recently formed Music Education Policy Roundtable and consider several counterarguments. Second, we suggest new directions in music education advocacy by discussing ways to make our programs more culturally relevant and valuable to our schools and communities. Finally, we conclude with a call for our professional organization to take a leadership role in situating the arts as an important element of American public school education by reigniting national aims discussions that lead to liberal and humanistic education policies.
Arts Education Policy Review
West, Chad and Clauhs, Matthew, "Strengthening Music Programs While Avoiding Advocacy Pitfalls" (2016). Music Education Faculty Publications and Presentations. Paper 3.