What is Unified Voices for Music Education? Unified Voices for Music Education (UVfME) is an initiative launched by the CMA Foundation to raise awareness, provide resources and support music educators and students as they face unprecedented challenges leading into the 2020-2021 school year.
“We Will” Video: What it is and why it was created.
- The initiative offers many advocacy tools for music educators to utilize including a video titled “We Will” as well as graphics to share on their social media platforms.
- A key component of UVfME is a program that allows teachers who are experts in various areas of music education—such as choral, orchestral and technology—to work with focus groups to provide creative ideas for lesson plans.
- A series of weekly webinars created specifically as a resource for music educators will take place through mid-August.
The Importance of Music Education in Our Current World
- The “We Will” video was created as a visual tool for music teachers to show their continued commitment to their students during unprecedented times, as the 2020 – 2021 school year will undoubtedly look different than any school year before.
- The “We Will” video is currently being shared by educators and community members through social media platforms to raise awareness about the changes in music education and to draw attention to the fact that music education is an important part of a well-rounded educational experience. Additionally, it shows that the music education community stands together in their commitment to students.
- It is important that teachers, administrators and community members continue to advocate for music education to help ensure that students will have continued access to these programs as the 2020-2021 school year begins.
- Music teachers are encouraged to speak up like never before to advocate for themselves and their music classrooms.
- Music teachers are fighters and always have been. Historically, they have faced their own set of challenges—and will do so down the road ahead—but are prepared to adapt and stand by their students to ensure that they have access to the best music education possible.
- Students are facing a new set of challenges and anxiety as school returns either in-person, virtually or a hybrid learning model. Students should not have to miss out on the opportunity to participate in all subjects including music education programs.
- Students are missing social interaction, in addition to facing a complete change in routine and potentially losing some of their favorite subjects and activities. Subjects like music, band, theater and choir have been proven to help with social development and provide an outlet for creativity which can often times ease anxiety.
- Music is a unifier and a key component to a well-rounded education. It often can help students learn new skills that can be applied to subjects like math and reading, assist in social interaction, and has been proven to boost brain development.
- Music is a universal language that has the ability to unify students and creates an uplifting environment during times of crisis and uncertainty. Arts education creates an inclusive community that allows students to connect in an open and welcoming environment that includes positive developmental relationships that brings skills such as the ability to recognize diverse thoughts and opinions.
- Arts education supports social and emotional well-being. These programs will undoubtedly change as we continue to face the challenges of COVID-19, but music teachers are finding creative ways to make sure their students are able to participate whether through in-person or distanced learning.
- Music educators often work with the same students in class multiple years, positioning them well to positively impact students’ individual growth.
*Information used in these talking points has been provided by the National Association for Music Education (NAfME)’s “Music Education and Social Emotional Learning” pamphlet.