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Ace-Clipart.com - Music

The site includes approximately 60 music images and many more in other categories. All clip art and photo images in the collection may be used free in web sites, presentations, and handouts for personal, educational, or commercial applications in exchange for a link to this web site. Please see the terms of image use before utilizing these images. Clip art may be useful in newsletters or on bulletin boards to promote your music program.


ADL - Teaching About Religious Holidays

The Anti-Defamation League's mission is "to stop the defamation of the Jewish people...to secure justice and fair treatment to all." Their web site has excellent information in regards to teaching about religious holidays in the classroom.


AdoptAClassroom.org

AdoptAClassroom.org partners donors with teachers so you can have funds to purchase critical resources and materials for your classroom.


Advocate For The Arts E-Advocacy Center

This section of the Americans For The Arts web site helps you to take immediate action regarding arts advocacy issues. When you find an issue that matters to you, you can fill out the form to write and voice your opinion to the decision-making body in question. The site includes other tools for taking action, too.


Alaska Legislature

Use this site to find contact information for Alaska's senators and representatives, to find out about state laws, and to follow legislative proposals. The "Bill Search" link takes you to a page where you can search for a specific bill. There, as well as on the Home Page, you will also find a link to "Live KTOO Streams," which lets you watch or listen to "Gavel to Gavel Alaska." This is a separate site that broadcasts state legislation and keeps archives of past audio and video files, as well.


American Music Conference

American Music Conference's goal is to build credibility for music and music education, especially at an early age, and to expand that portion of the population that enjoys and makes its own music. The site includes links to articles and other sites on the benefits of music making, a listing of the "100 Best Communities for Music Education in America," research on the importance of music education, a Music Education Advocate's Toolkit, and news and events related to music education.


American Music Therapy Association

The mission of the American Music Therapy Association is to advance public awareness of the benefits of music therapy and increase access to quality music therapy services in a rapidly changing world. In addition to providing research on the benefits of music therapy, the site is also partnered with the SupportMusic.com advocacy site.


American Orff-Schulwerk Association

The American Orff-Schulwerk Association, or AOSA, promotes integration of the music and movement principles of Orff-Schulwerk into the music classroom. The site has a members-only area but also much that is open to all visitors, including a page for grants and scholarships (under "About Us").


Americans for the Arts

Americans for the Arts claims to be the nation's leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts in America. With a 40-year record of service, they are dedicated to representing and serving local communities and creating opportunities for every American to participate in and appreciate all forms of the arts. The site provides research and information in support of the arts, as well as an activist toolkit and policy/advocacy action center.


Animations-Galore.com - Music

The site includes 18 color, animated GIFs of various music images. The site does not include a "terms of image use," but all of the images are labeled as free.


Arizona State Legislature

Use this site to find contact information for Arizona's senators and representatives, to find out about state laws, and to follow legislative proposals. A search at the top of the Home Page lets you search for a bill. In the menus for both "Senate" and "House" are links for "Live Audio," so you can hear what's going on. The senate page contains and "Audio Archives," as well, so you can hear what you missed. You can browse the archives by committee, including the K-12 Education Committee.


Arkansas General Assembly

Use this site to find contact information for Arkansas's senators and representatives, to find out about state laws, and to follow legislative proposals. Use the search feature on the lower left to find an act or bill. Note also the handy link to "Education Issues." Also, "Activities" lets you see what's been going on recently. Use the "Batch Bill Status" feature to track up to 40 different bills. Note that e-mail updates are NOT sent to you automatically. You have to log in to check on the bills that interest you, and when you log in, a report is e-mailed to you.


ARTS - Arts Recognition and Talent Search Program®

Arts Recognition and Talent Search Program® (ARTS) presents cash awards, scholarships, and Presidential Scholars in the Arts Awards for outstanding 17- and 18-year-old artists in the disciplines of dance, film and video, jazz, music, photography, theater, visual arts, voice, and writing. News, events, and an online scholarship form are available on the site.


Arts Education IDEAS - Articles
School Music Matters Link Partner

IDEAS is a multifaceted organization dedicated to educational excellence in, about, and through the arts. They are involved in publication and consultation related to the arts-infused curriculum and music/arts education. The site provides a Parents' Guide (to their products), links to articles and references supporting the arts-infused curriculum, and a recommended reading list.


Arts Education Partnership, The

Since its founding in 1995, the Arts Education Partnership (AEP) has become a forum and meeting ground for organizations to explore how the arts can transform American education. The site includes links to other national resources and organizations promoting the arts, research information, free PDF versions of AEP advocacy publications, and a listserv.


ARTSEDGE

ARTSEDGE aims to connect people to people, to connect people to resources, and to build a new base of knowledge in the area of arts education. To achieve these goals, ARTSEDGE offers: teaching materials, resources for arts education advocacy, and media-rich student-friendly activities. The site includes lesson plans, articles and reports in support of arts education, and links to other advocacy sites.


ASCAP Foundation

The ASCAP Foundation provides a variety of educational, professional, and humanitarian programs and activities which serve the entire music community. Their site offers information on professional development for composers and songwriters, scholarships to school- and college-age students, grants to nonprofit groups, and community outreach initiatives.


Blues Foundation: Blues in the Schools

The Blues Foundation created the "Blues in the Schools" initiative with the goal of incorporating The Blues into the classroom curriculum for grades K-12. The site offers curriculum and lesson plans, as well as The Blues Teacher's Guide, which includes a compact disc comprising the seminal blues songs referenced in the lesson activities, essays on the history of the blues and blues musicology, and a blues bibliography, discography, and glossary.


BNC Education

Steve Raybould and Kriston Feldpausch are the Executive Directors of BNC Education, which works to help music teachers develop meaningful experiences for their students. Steve Raybould holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music and Masters of Secondary and Music Education from James Madison University. Kriston Feldpausch holds a Bachelor of Music Education from Olivet College and a Master of Science in Education from Walden University. Frequent mentors for MENC, the National Association for Music Education, they are frequent clinicians at the state and national conferences. Raybould and Feldpausch currently teach in Virginia.


Bridge To Music - Searchable Directory of Music Resources

Bridge to Music is the perfect resource guide for musicians of every level. Our quickly expanding directory features over 3,000 music schools, classes, workshops, music festivals and a brand new private teacher listing. Finding a musical program specific to your needs has never been easier! Our online guide provides all the essential information you'll need. Whether you're searching for bachelor's or master's program, or searching for a private teacher, workshop or festival, we'll help you narrow down your search, make comparisons and help you contact the programs of your choice.


Bright Hub K-12 Learning Channel

Bright Hub's goal is simple: share knowledge about how the simplest scientific idea evolves into tomorrow's technology. Bright Hub's team of writers and managing editors utilize domain expertise to research and write valuable articles for both novice and advanced consumers.

There are several articles related to teaching and music under the "Education" subcategory.


Building a Better Teacher - New York Times Article

(part of the first paragraph) ON A WINTER DAY five years ago, Doug Lemov realized he had a problem. After a successful career as a teacher, a principal and a charter-school founder, he was working as a consultant, hired by troubled schools eager - desperate, in some cases - for Lemov to tell them what to do to get better.


BusinessMusician.com

"Creativity Articles for Reprint" for links to PDFs and .docs of music and art advocacy articles.


California Alliance for Arts Education - Resources for Advocacy

The California Alliance for Arts Education's web site includes a section on Local Advocacy Coalitions and Research & Resources.


California State Legislature

Use this site to find contact information for California's senators and representatives, to find out about state laws, and to follow legislative proposals. Use the search feature on the right to find a bill. Once you find the one that interests you, you can subscribe to it, thus receiving e-mail updates whenever legislative action is taken on the bill. Follow the Senate link from the Home Page and click on "Audio/TV" to listen to or view senate proceedings. The Assembly area (again, use the link from the Home Page) also lets you hear "Assembly Audio Session and Committee Hearings." Or click on "How To Comment On Bills" to send your views on an Assembly bill.


California State PTA - Bring Back The ARTS

The California PTA wants to bring the arts back into our schools and back into the lives of our children. The site contains links to past newsletters, an "Arts Learning in Education" toolkit, and to community resources in the California area.


Can Music Education Really Enhance Brain Functioning and Academic Learning?

The article, written by Lisa Chipongian, studies the connection between music education and academic achievement. Several studies are cited showing the connection between music and the brain, music and math comprehension, and music and reading.


Children's Music Workshop's Music Education Online
School Music Matters Link Partner

The articles and resources are designed to help parents, music educators and administrators make the argument for music in schools. Included are research results showing the importance of music education, poll results, notes on the Mozart controversy, an Essential Facts download, and more.


CHOPS

CHOPS tells the story of a group of kids with extraordinary musical ability who learn to make the most of their gifts in an acclaimed public school jazz program in Jacksonville, FL. The company that produces CHOPS allows you to resell the DVDs and host screenings of the movie to raise money for your music program.


ChoralNet

ChoralNet operates three primary mailing lists and a newsgroup. ChoralNet also has fourteen forums (bulletin boards), some with e-mail options. These forums provide a place to post job notices, auditions, and other announcements. In addition, the forums allow for interaction among specialized choral communities such as those in Europe, Latin America, and student choral groups.


ClassroomClipArt.com - Music

Featured are over 90 high-quality graphics of all types of musical instruments. These images may be used solely for EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES in the K-12 classroom. This means that any K-12 student can use these images for free in school projects and reports. Images in the collection may be used by teachers and students in print, multimedia, and video productions. Please review the copyright information before utilizing these images. Clip art may be useful in newsletters or on bulletin boards to promote your music program.


ClipArtGallery.com - Music

These hundreds of images are divided into three categories: instruments, musicians, and notes. Site disclaimer: "To the best of our knowledge, all the graphics used on this site are completely free of any ownership claims, because they have been: (1) created by us for our own use or (2) used with the permission of the owner or (3) placed in the public-domain." The site does not include a "terms of image use." Clip art may be useful in newsletters or on bulletin boards to promote your music program.


Colorado General Assembly

Use this site to find contact information for Colorado's senators and representatives, to find out about state laws, and to follow legislative proposals. Click the "Contact" link to find information on senators and representatives. A link near the top of the Home Page allows you to listen to "Audio Broadcasts of Current Proceedings." To find specific bills, click on "Bills" under House - or Senate - Current Regular Session. Once you find the bill that interests you, you can find a detailed history of it, including a summary of action taken on it and how each legislator voted on it. You can also download the actual bill.


Connecticut General Assembly

Use this site to find contact information for Connecticut's senators and representatives, to find out about state laws, and to follow legislative proposals. Search for a bill using the hand search feature at the very top of the Home Page. You can easily download a copy of the bill or see what action has been taken on it - and when. The tab to the right of the search feature lets you perform "Bill Tracking." You will be alerted by e-mail whenever the status of the bills you are tracking changes. Use the calendar on the Home Page to find a schedule of events for a particular day. The "Broadcast Media" link takes you to a page where you can select "House Streaming Video" or "Senate Streaming Video."


Contacting The White House

Find contact information for the President and Vice President of the United States. You may want to voice your opinion about how music programs are being affected by education policy.


CoolClips.com - Music

The site includes approximately 30 color music images. The site does not include a "terms of image use," but all of the images are labeled as free. Clip art may be useful in newsletters or on bulletin boards to promote your music program.


Discovery Channel School's Clip Art - Music

There are 27 (mostly black/white) images of instruments. Permission is granted to download no more than ten different clip art images for non-revenue-producing use on hard copy documents or on web sites, with restrictions. Please see the Copyright & Use Information before utilizing these images. Clip art may be useful in newsletters or on bulletin boards to promote your music program.


Discretionary Grant Application Packages (Elementary & Secondary) - ED.gov

This page contains links to application packages for government grant competitions that are currently open.


Don't Mess With Texas Music Project

The Texas Music Project: conducts the "Don't Mess with Texas Music" public awareness/education program which includes an exclusive series of CDs; distributes grants for music education to schools and communities in need; consults and plans with local communties to build longer-term programs to sustain music education in schools; and creates customized events and programs for companies interested in supporting music education while building their brands through Texas music marketing. (Flash is required to view the site.)


DonorsChoose.org

DonorsChoose.org is an online charity that makes it easy for anyone to help students in need.

Here's how it works: public school teachers from every corner of America post classroom project requests on DonorsChoose.org. Requests range from pencils for a poetry writing unit, to violins for a school recital, to microscope slides for a biology class.

Then, you can browse project requests and give any amount to the one that inspires you. Once a project reaches its funding goal, we deliver the materials to the school.

You'll get photos of your project taking place, a thank you letter from the teacher, and a cost report showing how each dollar was spent. If you give over $100, you'll also receive handwritten thank you letters from the students.

At DonorsChoose.org, you can give as little as $1 and get the same level of choice, transparency, and feedback that is traditionally reserved for someone who gives millions. We call it citizen philanthropy.


Education Through Music (ETM)

At ETM, we believe that every child deserves a well-rounded education: one that includes music. Unfortunately, many schools, especially those serving children in low-income communities, provide no music instruction or rely solely on short-term programs that do not serve every student. ETM created a comprehensive program that incorporates music into the education of every child, including those with special needs.


Educational CyberPlayground - Karen Ellis

Karen Ellis' TeacherWeb page offers free music lesson plans, copyright information, clip art, and much more.


eSchool News Online: Funding

First published in March 1998, eSchool News is a monthly print newspaper providing the news and information necessary to help K-20 decision-makers successfully use technology and the Internet to transform North America's schools and colleges and achieve educational goals. The "Grants & Funding Center" provides a list of grants available and also an article on how to apply for a federal grant.


Fontspace - Music Fonts

This site contains a variety of free music fonts.


Foundation to Advance Music Education (FAME)

Founded in 1996, The Foundation to Advance Music Education (FAME) is a nonprofit organization that has successfully advocated for the return of instrumental and choral music programs to public schools in San Diego County California. FAME raises funds through donations and grants to help sustain quality music education programs in San Diego County California.


FSMA Music Advocacy

Florida School Music Association (FSMA) is a not-for-profit, professional association that serves and supports music educators across Florida. The site includes music advocacy documents with facts and statistics in support of music education, and also a "Music Advocacy" section that contains more facts and statistics, FAQs, and legislative information.


General Court - Massachusetts, The

Use this site to find contact information for Massachusetts' senators and representatives, to find out about state laws, and to follow legislative proposals. Choose "House" or "Senate" under "Legislators" on the Home Page to find contact information, including phone numbers and e-mail addresses. Under "Current Legislation" you'll find links to "Text of Senate Bills" and "Text of House Bills." On those pages you can search for a phrase, a keyword, or a bill number.


Georgia General Assembly

Use this site to find contact information for Georgia's senators and representatives, to find out about state laws, and to follow legislative proposals. The Home Page is very straightforward, so that it is easy to find the important features, such as "Live Broadcast," which lets you view video feed from the House or Senate. A search box lets you find bills that interest you. To find contact information for representatives or senators, use the menu items "House" and "Senate," respectively.


Grammy Foundation®, The

The GRAMMY Foundation® was founded in 1989 to cultivate the awareness, appreciation and advancement of the contribution of recorded music on American culture. The Foundation accomplishes this mission through programs and activities designed to engage the music industry and cultural community as well as the general public. The site includes links to: GRAMMY In The Schools (program for high school students to teach and prepare them for careers in music), GRAMMY Signature Schools (program that honors public high school music programs that promote and preserve music education as a key part of their curriculum), and a Careers in Music handbook for students.


Grammy In The Schools

The GRAMMY Foundation®'s most widely recognized program name is GRAMMY in the Schools. GRAMMY in the Schools is now the “umbrella” name for all GRAMMY Foundation education programs. GRAMMY Signature Schools, GRAMMY Jazz Ensembles and GRAMMY Camp are three of our application based programs.


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