Charity of the Month: The National Association for Music Education

The Gingrich Foundation

The Gingrich Foundation is proud to designate the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) as its March Charity of the Month. March is Music in Our Schools Month, and through support for NAfME the importance of music education will continue to be highlighted. 

Music plays a crucial role in helping students gain full and complete educations. Studying and playing music teaches young people discipline, character, teamwork, creativity, and self-expression. Strong evidence also exists linking music education with cognitive development and achievement in language and mathematics. 

Unfortunately, for a variety of reasons, music programs are being cut or defunded across the country. The Gingrich Foundation wants to do what it can to help NAfME see that every child in America can benefit from an education that includes music. 

The Association was founded in 1973 in New York State to promote the benefits of learning music. After 48 years, it has expanded into a worldwide campaign to spread musical awareness, involving tens of thousands of students and teachers. This year, for Music in our Schools Month, NAfME is focusing on teaching fourth graders the basic elements of music using classic children’s songs. Students’ familiarity with these well-known songs will make lessons more practical and effective – and helcreate a strong foundation for future learning. 

NAfME has executed its mission of promoting the study of music in our schools by providing instructors with resources and advice and creating crucial opportunities for students to perform in concerts and competitions. The Give A Note Foundation, created in 2011 in partnership with NAfME, has given more than $1.4 million to school music programs and helped train many new teachers. 

The importance of music in students’ well-rounded educational development must not be underappreciated, and The National Association for Music Education is one of the world’s leading organizations for the promotion of music education. 

Please join the Gingrich Foundation in supporting the National Association for Music Education this month.