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The results of the summer 2012 ILMEA Membership survey were clear. Music Education needs advocates. In this time of education reform, program reductions and elimination of teaching positions, ILMEA is working to take the lead in education and advocacy for music and arts education in the State of Illinois. Always a work in progress, this page serves as the hub for these projects. Here you will find links to studies and articles supporting music and arts education and resources for educators to use in their personal advocacy work.


Computers and Fabrication: Revolutionizing the Art World - 7/8/13 Edutopia

Top 10 Skills Children Learn From the Arts - 1/22/13 The Washington Post

Grassroots Advocacy Guide (1005.6 KB) - NAMM and SupportMusic


Online Resources

NAfME's Groundswell

Arts at the Core - College Board Advocacy & Policy Center

Community Action Kit - NAMM and SupportMusic

Auditory Neuroscience Laboratory - Northwestern University


STEM TO STEAM Information


Turn STEM to STEAM: Why Science Needs the Arts - 6/11/13 The Huffington Post

Why Philanthropy Should Steam Ahead and Support the Creative Economy - 7/10/13 The Huffington Post



10 Salient Studies on the Arts in Education

Arts Education in Public Elementary and Secondary Schools 1999-2000 and 2009-2010 (8.8 MB)

- National Center for Educational Statistics, Institute of Education Science

Reinvesting in Arts Education: Winning America's Future Through Creative Schools (1.5 MB)

- President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities

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