Why Music Matters

Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

The Every Student Succeeds Act is the advanced reiteration of the No Child Left Behind or the Elementary and Secondary Education Act; it's a landmark piece of legislation and the first law of federal education that gives structure to a lot of access to learning arts and music for every student. The education of arts and music is included as a well-rounded education in the law, are the original level and transformation in federal education policy. This means that there is a great access to resources and funds to maintain strengthen and develop the education of music in public schools.

The implementation process of ESSA has already been started by the U.S. Department of Education.  There is a lot of confusion about this law and what it means to public schools.  If you need more information about this law please contact the store and we will do our best to point you in the right direction.

The ESSA law includes:

  • Provides assistance to make sure there is success for public schools and students.
  • Provides great protections for American's high-need and disadvantaged students with the advance of equity.
  • High education standards are required for all American students that will make them succeed in their careers and college.
  • To all families, educators, communities and students, vital information should be provided to them in the yearly statewide; and there should be some assessments to measure the progress of the students approaching the standards that are high.
  • Enables support and nurture local innovations such as place-based and evidence-based created by educators and local leaders.
  • Maintain an expectation that there will be action and accountability to effect positive transformation where students are not improving their performance, in those schools that perform poorly, and where there are low graduation rates over extended periods of time.

According to Dr. Nina Kraus

According to Dr. Nina Kraus’s work with the Harmony Project, students who are involved in music are not only more likely to graduate high school, but also attend college as well.

Kraus N., Slater J., Thompson E.C., Hornickel J., Strait D.L., Nicol T. & White-Schwoch T. (2014), “Auditory learning through active engagement with sound: Biological impact   NAMM Foundation


Cuts to music programs are detrimental to student success

83% of teachers and 73% of parents do not see music education as a luxury, and believe that cuts to music programs are detrimental to student success.

“Striking a Chord: The Public’s Hopes and Beliefs for K-12 Music Education in the United States 2015”   NAMM Foundation