Music Education, Music in Schools, Music, National Music in Our Schools Month

March is National Music in Our Schools Month. At Favorite Things for a CAUSE our members grew up during an era where music was the heart and soul of students and schools. It is unfortunate that due to education budget cuts, music programs in schools nationwide are in serious danger of being omitted from the institution’s curriculum. Music plays such critical role in the creative and developmental competencies of students everywhere. Participating in the school band or orchestra for example, also adds discipline and elevates self-esteem for students who become passionate about the music and the education behind it.

We came across a few nonprofit organizations supporting music education, which are doing their part to keep this genre alive and growing. We would like to mention them and encourage these organizations to continue their efforts to keep music education in our schools. Check out these organizations and if you know of any organizations in your area that are making strides to keep music in our schools, please share them in the comment section of this publication.

Tipitina’s Foundation – This foundation supports the music community and culture of Louisiana and New Orleans. Visit their website at http://tipitinasfoundation.org/.

The Roots of Music – This organization empowers the youth of New Orleans by providing them with the resources they need to lead positive, productive and self-reliant lives through music education and academic support. They believe that music has the power to transform lives. Check out their website at http://therootsofmusic.org/.

Fender Music Foundation – This music foundation aims to keep music education alive and available in our schools and communities nationwide. This charity has reached over 187,000 people through its grants of instruments to various music education programs. Go to their website at http://www.fendermusicfoundation.org/.

The Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation – This foundation donates musical instruments to under-funded music programs. This program, started by film composer Michael Kamen, was inspired by the acclaimed motion picture Mr. Holland’s Opus, as his commitment to the future of music education. Here’s a link to their website: http://www.mhopus.org/.

Ear Candy and Little Kids Rock joined forces to provide free musical instruction and instruments to public school children across the nation. This combined effort will have a bigger impact to provide music education to more kids. Go check out their website at http://www.littlekidsrock.org/earcandy/.

Music Unites is a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to bringing music education to underprivileged children in underfunded inner city school systems. Their mission is to connect people through the universality of music by providing communities with opportunities for a rich musical experience. Be sure to stop by their website at http://www.musicunites.org/.

The New Orleans Musician’s Relief Fund is a grass roots charity founded by displaced New Orleans musicians after Hurricane Katrina, to provide grants, instruments and performance venues for New Orleans musicians since 2005. Learn more about this relief fund at http://www.nomrf.org/index.html.

National Endowment for the Arts is an independent federal agency that funds and promotes artistic excellence, creativity, and innovation for the benefit of individuals and communities. For more information, visit their website at http://arts.gov/.

Feel free to donate to any of these organizations and visit their websites to find out how you can get involved or ideas on starting music education programs in your local schools and communities. We applaud all of these organizations for what they do to keep the music playing in our nation’s schools. Thank you!

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