The Gingrich Foundation is pleased to honor the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) as its March Charity of the Month. March is Music in Our Schools Month, and through support for NAfME the importance of music education will continue to be highlighted.
Music plays a crucial role in helping students gain a full and complete education. Studying and playing music teaches young people discipline, character, teamwork, creativity, and self-expression. Strong evidence also exists linking music education with cognitive development and achievement in language and mathematics.
Unfortunately, for a variety of reasons, many schools across the United States have been forced to cut or eliminate their music programs. The Gingrich Foundation wants to do what it can to help the National Association for Music Education see that every child in America has the opportunity to benefit from an education that includes music.
The Association was founded in 1973 in New York State to promote the benefits of learning music. After 46 years, it has expanded into a worldwide campaign to spread musical awareness, involving tens of thousands of students and teachers. One of the association’s most important activities is the Music in Our Schools Tour, a traveling sing-along of students around the world, which has touched millions young people since its inception.
The National Association for Music Education has executed its mission of promoting the study of music in our schools by providing instructors with resources and advice and creating 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 helped train many new teachers.
The importance of music in students’ well-rounded educational development must not be underappreciated, and The National Association for Music Education is one of the world’s leading organizations for the promotion of music education.
Please join the Gingrich Foundation in supporting the National Association for Music Education this month.