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U.S. House passes important education resolution.

In a victory for school music education programs across the country, the U.S. House of Representatives recently passed H. CON. RES, 380 recognizing the benefits and importance of school-based music education.

The resolution was the result of years of lobbying by NAMM and its partners, was read by sponsor Representative Jim Cooper of Tennessee and was co-sponsored by thirty-one other representatives.

"This resolution expresses the view of the Congress that studying music helps kids achieve in school and supports the industry's efforts to make sure that all children have access to music study as part of a quality education," said Mary Luehrsen, director of public affairs and government relations, NAMM. "It also stresses that the developmental attributes taught by music education incloding discipline, analytical thinking, problem solving, communication and interpersonal skills are vital for success in the twenty-first-century workplace."

The resolution also recognized NAMM "for its efforts to designate a Music in Our Schools Month in order to highlight the important role that school music programs play in the academic and social development of children."

For more information contact NAMM at (800) 767-6266 or visit www.namm.com.
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Title Annotation:Items of Interest
Publication:American Music Teacher
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Aug 1, 2004
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