Arts Education is Essential

Soundtrap for Education is proud to join 95 other national organizations, including National Association for Music Education, Save The Music Foundation, National Education Association, and many more, to support arts education as essential for students during COVID-19. 

In this statement, “Arts Education Is Essential,” the signing organizations convey that the arts have already played a pivotal and uplifting role during the health crisis, and that arts education can help all students, including those who are in traditionally underrepresented groups, as students return to school next year.

“Arts Education Is Essential” speaks to arts education’s role in supporting the social and emotional well-being of students, an area that administrators, educators, and parents have highlighted as essential to student safety and success during the pandemic and as students return to school, whether in-person, online, or in a blended fashion, this fall. 

Three guiding principles are spelled out in “Arts Education Is Essential”:

“Arts education supports the social and emotional well-being of students, whether through distance learning or in person.”

“Arts education nurtures the creation of a welcoming school environment where students can express themselves in a safe and positive way.”

“Arts education is part of a well-rounded education for all students as understood and supported by federal and state policymakers.”

Soundtrap for Education is proud to join 95 (and counting) other national organizations in support of arts education:

Afterschool Alliance League of American Orchestras MFR Holdings, LLC WURRLYedu
American Choral Directors Association Little Kids Rock Music Teachers National Association Yamaha Corporation of America
American Composers Forum Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation NAMM Foundation Young Audiences Arts for Learning
American Orff-Schulwerk Association Music for All National Art Education Association YOUnison
Americans for the Arts Alfred Music National Association for Music Education Music and the Brain
American String Teachers Association American Bandmasters Association National Association of Elementary School Music Together
Barbershop Harmony Society American Dance Therapy Association Principals MusicFirst
Carnegie Hall American Music Therapy Association National Association of Secondary School National Dance Society
Casio America, Inc. American School Band Directors Association Principals National Music Council
Chorus America Arts Schools Network National Coalition for Core Arts Nuvo Instrumental, LLC
CMA Foundation ASCAP Foundation National Dance Education Organization Peripole, Inc.
College Band Directors National Association Breezin’ Thru, Inc. National Education Association Progressive Music
Conn-Selmer, Inc. DeMoulin Bros. & Co National Federation of State High Retail Print Music Dealers Association
D’Addario Foundation Educational Tours, Inc. Associations Schmitt Music
Eastman Music Company El Sistema National YoungArts Foundation Soundtrap for Education
Education Through Music Excellia Music Publishing Organization of American Kodály Educators Strathmore
Educational Theatre Association GIA Publications Quadrant Research Sweet Adelines International
Give a Note Foundation GRAMMY Music Education Coalition QuaverEd Sweetwater Sound
Hal Leonard Halftime Magazine Recording Academy Tau Beta Sigma
Historically Black Colleges and Universities Harmony Helper Save The Music Foundation Teaching Artist Guild
National Band Directors’ Consortium Kappa Kappa Psi State Education Agency Directors of Ted Brown Music
Jazz at Lincoln Center KRUTZ, Inc. Education The American Alliance for Theatre & Education
Jazz Education Network Macie Publishing Company The Rock and Roll Forever The mPowered Music Educator Academy
KHS America United Sound, Inc. The Society for Online Music Education
KORG, USA MakeMusic Varsity Performing Arts TI:ME- Technology in Music Education
Manhattan Concert Productions West Music Company WGI Sport of the Arts