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- SURVEY GENERATES "SNAPSHOT OF MUSIC EDUCATION IN
COPPELL, TX; FARMINGTON, MI ARE TOP PLACES TO LIVE FOR MUSIC
- PRIVATE SECTOR GIVING TO ARTS CLIMBS OVER $11 BILLION
- LEGISLATIVE NOTE: NEA
- LEGISLATIVE NOTE: HERE AT HOME IN WISCONSIN
- ARTS GATHERINGS COMING UP THIS SUMMER
- ARE YOU SIGNED UP FOR ARTSWIRE CURRENT?
1) SURVEY GENERATES "SNAPSHOT OF MUSIC EDUCATION IN AMERICA" COPPELL, TX; FARMINGTON, MI ARE TOP PLACES TO LIVE FOR MUSIC EDUCATION
CARLSBAD, CA -- Successful music programs are found in communities that balance measurable resources, such as budgets and buildings, with less tangible assets, such as the will to make quality music
education a reality, a nationwide survey of school music education programs has found.
"For the first time, we have a snapshot of music education in America," Michael Faulhaber, President of The American Music Conference, (AMC) commented about the study. "It couldn't come at a better time. With resources at a premium, and with the mounting scientific evidence that shows how vital music education is, its
important for us to learn who's doing it right and why."
The AMC joined MENC, the National Association for Music Education; MTNA, the Music Teachers National Association; and NSBA, the National School Boards Association in creating the survey and distributing it nationwide over the World Wide Web. The sponsoring group worked with Perseus Development Corp. of Braintree, Mass. To implement the web survey and to analyze the wealth of data the survey generated.
The survey demonstrated that successful school music programs are found in both urban communities and rural ones, and in both wealthy areas and not-so-wealthy ones, according to AMC. The common thread is that they enjoy the support of parents, teachers, school decision-makers and community leaders who value music
"In this survey, and in future surveys, we hope to acknowledge those places in America that are doing the job of helping their children develop and grow through music," notes Dr. John J. Mahlmann, MENC executive director. In the process, we just might find that more communities want to take part in the power of music
education to improve the present -- and to shape the future."
The Coppell Independent School District of Coppell, Texas and the Farmington Public School District of Farmington, Michigan are tied as the best in the survey's list of the top 100 places in America
for music education. Other schools rated in the top twenty five were Berea City School District, OH; Carmel-Clay, IN; Plano ISD, TX; District #877 - Buffalo, MN; White Plains, NY; Fulton County, GA; Academy #20, CO; State College Area, PA; Miami-Dade Public Schools, FL; Cobb County Public Schools District #12, GA; School District of Lancaster, PA; Syosset, NY; Maize #266, KS; Hudson City Schools, OH; Glenview #34, IL; Niobrara County School District #1,& #9, WY; Centennial, PA; Cooperstown CSD, NY; Eastern Camden County Regional, NJ; Monro Public, MI; Lubbock, TX; Chatham, NJ; and Orono, ME.
More than 5,800 public school and independent teachers, school and district administrators, school board members, parents and community leaders, representing communities in all 50 states, participated in the Web-based survey between late February and late March. The participants answered detailed questions about
funding, enrollment, student-teacher ratios, participation in music classes, instruction time, facilities, support for the music program, participation in private music lessons and other factors in their communities' quality of music education.
"The survey demonstrates that excellent music instruction is more than a process -- it's a partnership," states Dr. Gary L. Ingle, Executive Director of MTNA. "Successful music programs result from the cooperative efforts of public school teachers, independent music teachers in the communities, parents, administrators,
everyone who's in a position to influence students. Having physical resources isn't a cure-all. A quality musical environment is something a community must want for its young people and work together to achieve."
The AMC also released the findings of a recent nationwide survey conducted by the Gallup Organization, (on behalf of AMC) which found increasing participation in and support for active music making across the country. More than nine in ten Americans said they believe music education should be a part of every students
day. More than three-quarters of the people questioned feel that states should mandate it.
Music participation and support for school music education are both significantly stronger than in an identical poll conducted in 1997, AMC reports. Another significant finding is the sharp increase in the number of people who believe music education helps students succeed in other academic areas.
"The results of this national survey leave no doubt that Americans feel strongly about music," says NAMM President and CEO Larry Linkin. "It's especially dramatic to see the growing clamor for music education in our schools."
AMERICAN MUSIC CONFERENCE -- http://www.amc-music.com For more information about the nationwide music education survey and the organizations that sponsored it, telephone the American Music Conference at 760-431-9124 or visit http://www.giles.com/musicedsurvey on the World Wide Web.
2) PRIVATE SECTOR GIVING TO ARTS CLIMBS OVER $11 BILLION
Individuals, corporations, and foundations gave an estimated $11.07 billion to arts, culture, and humanities in 1999, up from $10.53 billion in 1998 (5.1 percent increase). The 1999 increase follows decreases in 1997 and 1998. Total philanthropic giving to all charities in 1999 was $190.16 billion.
Source: Giving USA 2000, American Association of Fund-Raising Counsel Trust for Philanthropy, 2000
3) LEGISLATIVE NOTE: NEA
As the FY 2001 Interior Appropriations bill makes its way to the House floor on June 13th, the Full Committee on Appropriations allocated level funding of $98 million to the NEA. Ranking Democrat on the Subcommittee for Interior Appropriations Norm Dicks (D-WA) offered two amendments to increase NEA funding during the mark-up, but they were narrowly defeated. He plans to offer the same amendments on the House floor, where the chances of winning that vote is much higher assuming the House GOP Leadership does not create a series of procedural obstacles.
Source: American for the Arts, 2000.
4) LEGISLATIVE NOTES: HERE AT HOME IN WISCONSIN
State agencies are starting to develop their budgets for FY200-2003, with agency submissions of their budgets to the Governor in September, and the Governor's budget released in February 2001. During these lazy (or more likely, hectic) days of summer, take the opportunity to establish and/or continue your friendship with your local and state legislators. Let them know how important your programs and services are to your community, and invite them to a performance, exhibit or program, or for a tour of your facility.
There will be a number of key State Assembly and State Senate races this year. The Assembly will be compiling a list of these races, surveying the candidates for their positions on state support of the arts, and informing our members and constituents of the results. Stay tuned!
5) ARTS GATHERINGS COMING UP THIS SUMMER
8th Annual Rural Arts Conference for Northwestern Wisconsin, June 23 and 24, presented by the Northern Lakes Center for the Arts in Amery.
Be part of a fun and informative networking exchange, and share your experiences and concerns with other folks involved in and concerned with the arts and humanities. There is no charge for attending the conference. For more information, email LaMoine MacLaughlin or call him at 715 268 6811.
Midwest Rural Arts and Cultural Forum, July 7 and 8, at the Copper country Community Arts Center and Suomi College Finnish-American Heritage Center, Hancock, Michigan
Focusing on sense of place, community, and featuring exceptional examples of rural community development through and arts and culture. Special keynote speaker: NEA Chair Bill Ivey (he's from Houghton, Michigan). For more information, email Carol Thompson at the Michigan Association of Community Arts Agencies, or call her at 800 203 9633.
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If you have any information, news, questions, suggestions, or comments, contact Anne Katz at the Assembly!
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Statewide arts service, advocacy, and education
Wisconsin Assembly for Local Arts
Anne Katz, Executive Director
PO Box 1054
Madison, WI 53701-1054
608 255 8316
608 255 0334 fax
Check out our website: http://www.wiartsassembly.org2000 dates to note!:
June 10-13: Americans for the Arts Conference, Los Angeles, CA
July 7-8: 2000 Midwest Rural Arts Forum, Hancock, MI
September 14-16: Midwest Arts Conference, Austin, TX
September 28-30: American Indian Tourism Conference, Green Bay
October 18-19: Wisconsin Heritage Tourism Conference, New Glarus
November 17: 8th Annual Community Arts Conference, Appleton
November 17-18: 2nd Governor's Cultural Congress, Appleton
- SURVEY GENERATES "SNAPSHOT OF MUSIC EDUCATION IN AMERICA"