A Resolution Affirming the Value of Music
The McIntosh Resolution, H.CON.RES. 266)
Source: AMC Music News, American Music Conference
On March 8, 2000, leading advocates for school music
education and some of the country's best-loved musical
artists were in the nation's capitol, where Representative
David McIntosh (R-Ind.) introduced a concurrent
resolution in support of music education for children
Flanked by renowned singer/songwriters Michael
McDonald and James Taylor at a press conference in the
Rayburn House Office Building, NAMM-International
Music Products Association President and CEO Larry
Linkin joined National Association for Music Education
Executive Director Dr. John Mahlmann and VH1
President John Sykes in thanking Rep. McIntosh and
co-sponsor Rep. Bob Clement (D-Tenn.) for their support
of music education.
"People all over the country are waking up to the vital
role music plays in a young person's development, but
grass-roots efforts aren't always enough," Linkin said.
"There's a role for the federal government to play in this
struggle, and I'm very grateful to Representatives McIntosh
and Clement for taking an important step in that direction."
In addition to the press conference, members of the music
education delegation spent the day in one-on-one meetings
with key members of Congress.
The McIntosh resolution, H.CON.RES. 266, cites the
"growing body of scientific research" that links music
education to improved spatial-temporal reasoning and
math performance, the evidence that music helps keep
at-risk students in school, and increased SAT scores among
music students. If the resolution is adopted by the House
and Senate, it will become the official "sense of the
Congress" that music education enhances intellectual
development, fosters artistic and social success, and enriches
the academic environment for children of all ages.
"Thanks to Congressman McIntosh, the value of music
education is poised to become part of the public record, and
Congress itself will be on board with our efforts to bring
music into every child's life," Sykes said.
According to Mahlmann, music should be part of every
child's core curriculum, not a frill. "There is more evidence
every day that music education has a beneficial ripple
effect through the rest of a child's academic and social life,"
he said. "Music shouldn't be any more optional than
English or math. Making that a reality will be much easier
if the people here on Capitol Hill are behind us."
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