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Guild Joins Colleagues in Open Letter to House and Senate Education Committees

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Jun 17, 2011

The National Guild has joined with colleague national organizations to urge support of the 21st Century Readiness Act (S. 1175), bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senators Hagan and Snowe.

Full text of letter: 

June 17, 2011

The Honorable
United States House of Representatives
House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515
Dear Senator/Representative:
On behalf of the music education community, we urge you to support S. 1175, the 21st Century Readiness Act, bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senators Hagan and Snowe. The Act enhances the allowable use of federal funds to help state and local governments to better prepare their students for the future. It amends current law to allow states and school districts to utilize existing federal grants under various titles of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) to develop, enhance, and expand 21st century skills. S. 1175 also emphasizes the importance of fusing core academic subjects with 21st century skills exemplified by the 4Cs of critical thinking & problem solving, communication, collaboration, and creativity & innovation.
As a community, we strongly support the goals of this bill and believe it shines the spotlight on the value of maintaining a comprehensive education that includes music taught by exemplary music educators. The arts, specifically music, promote habits that cultivate curiosity, imagination, creativity and evaluation skills, as well as all of the additional essential skills that students require to be successful in today’s challenging job market.
The greater arts community was directly involved in the development of the 21st Century Skills Map for the Arts, which is available at This document illustrates the intersection of 21st century skills and the arts. The Skills Map presents just a few of the many methods that children acquire 21st century learning skills through the incorporation of music and arts study.
To cope with the demands of the 21st century, students need to experience more than just STEM. They need to know how to use their knowledge and skills by thinking critically, applying knowledge to new situations, analyzing information, comprehending new ideas, communicating, collaborating, solving problems, and making decisions.  Music provides students with the skills they need to not only succeed in school, but in life. By supporting S. 1175, the 21st Century Readiness Act, you will be voting for a balanced, comprehensive education, which includes music.  
The National Association for Music Education
American Choral Directors Association
American String Teachers Association
The Music Publishers Association of the United States
National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM)
National Guild for Community Arts Education

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