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Re: A little sensitive right now...


Date: Tue Apr 02 2002 - 17:59:35 PST

I have seen ads on tv promoting music in education.S ome sponsored by a
national company whose name eludes me at the moment. My first thought
was -Hey NAEA where's our ads for art? They sure have a machine running
to keep music strong in schools. I guess you can never do enough. I feel
advocacy is a regular part of our job.
MaryB wrote:I have a feeling that part of the agenda of the
National Music Educators Association is to push to keep music in the
schools, at all costs. As a result, when push comes to shove, it's
often music over art. So sad, as the kids should have both. That's why
it's vital to try to keep art in the forefront with lots of exhibits.
Can you take this approach?

> In New York, music education has NYSMA "ratings". Students are
> selected to participate by playing a piece outside of school and are
> then scored. Real big deal- kids go for private lessons and practice,
> practice, practice for this. The New York State Art Teachers
> Association has instituted our art answer to NYSMA called The Portfolo
> Project. Students, Grades 4-12 are "selected" to participate in an
> adjudication of their art. They present a portfolio to a committee.
> Elevates the importance of making art. Does your state have anything
> like this?