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Save Your Program
The main goal of is to help music teachers protect their school music programs. Below are some of the many resources we offer to help you:

Ideas from your peers on how to promote school music

Links to advocacy and resource sites, with a brief site summary

Facts to help convince the uninformed of just how vital school music is

Downloads, including graphics you can use in newsletters and music you can perform

Quotations on music, education, and life to use in newsletters or
on bulletin boards - or just for inspiration

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Teachers from all over the country have taken our School Music Matters survey. Find out what they had to say about the state of music education in their communities.

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