Meyer Music celebrates Music in our Schools Month by highlighting the importance of music education

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) – March is Music in Our Schools Month – a time to recognize the importance and impact of music education on students. Recently, Michigan legislators recognized that in Lansing and our Expert, Meyer Music, was a part of it!

The president of Meyer Music, Joel Hoekstra, shared how he has seen music educators work in unique ways over the past year. From having outdoor band practices to virtual orchestra concerts, Hoekstra says they’ve seen teachers do whatever they could to ensure their students had access to benefits of learning and making music. He also said it’s a good time to contact local school boards, to send notes to former music teachers sharing their positive impact, and to encourage students to join the school band or orchestra and learn a musical instrument.

From the official press release:

The month of March is set aside each year to recognize the importance and impact of music education on students across the country. School music programs provide students with experiences that contribute to their academic, social and emotional learning, as well as the opportunity to develop lifelong skills. The importance of arts education is reflected in Federal law, the Every Student Succeeds Act, which includes music as part of a well-rounded education.

This March marks an even more critical moment for supporting music education. The pandemic necessitated that teachers rethink their instructional delivery, and music educators, at all levels, have risen to the challenge to keep music alive for their students. In Grand Rapids, the president of Meyer Music, Joel Hoekstra, shared how he has seen music educators work in unique ways over the past year. “From having outdoor band practices to virtual orchestra concerts, we’ve seen teachers do whatever they could to ensure their students had access to benefits of learning and making music.”

“Music in Our Schools Month” provides community members with the opportunity to advocate for music in their schools. From contacting local school boards, sending notes to former music teachers sharing their positive impact, to encouraging students to join the school band or orchestra and learn a musical instrument, March is a time to share and advocate for the value of music education.

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