Music Advocacy: Poison or Passion

I’ve seen a number of articles and blog posts recently criticizing the use of the word “advocacy” with respect to music education. The sentiment seems to revolve around the theory that the term paints music education into a sympathetic corner, and it’s hard to get people galvanized by playing the sympathy card.

These are the musings of the “over-analysis” crowd. Essentially, advocacy is a term that is almost universally recognized by the music community and provides a basis for communication regarding activity and resources. I don’t think that the people that we need to move to action (primarily those outside of the arts community) to drive meaningful change really care what we call efforts to promote music education. Don’t worry about the jargon – just spend your time rallying support!

With that thought in mind, here’s a list of “Music Advocacy Links” from the website SchoolMusicMatters.com

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