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Music Student Advocates for Music Education on Capitol Hill

Nicole Bradley with the PMEA Advocate team

Above: Bradley with the PMEA Advocate team. From left: William Pendziwiatr, past PMEA president; Nicole Bradley; Dennis Emert, PMEA president; Richard Victor, past PMEA president and advocacy chair; Jeremy Baker, education staffer in Senator Patrick Toomey’s office; Scott Sheehan, past PMEA president and NAfME Eastern Division president-elect; Abigail Young, director of Meetings and Membership; Margaret Bauer, executive director of PMEA

Nicole Bradley, a junior BS Music Education student, participated in the National Association for Music Education’s Collegiate Advocacy Summit on June 26–28, 2014, in Washington, D.C. Nicole joined approximately 150 music education leaders, students, and supporters from every state in the U.S. as well as Europe to speak to members of Congress and their staffs about the role of the arts in education.

NAfME Collegiate Advocacy Summit meeting with Senator Robert Casey

Above: NAfME Collegiate Advocacy Summit meeting with Senator Robert Casey

Their unified message for the day was “The arts play a unique and critical role in helping students develop the kind of innovative and creative skills that they will need to succeed in the 21st-century workforce.” Specific items such as the importance of funding, changing STEM to STEAM, accessibility, and appropriate teacher evaluations were also topics of discussion.

Members of the NAfME Collegiate Advocacy Summit on the stairs of the Capitol
Members of the NAfME Collegiate Advocacy Summit on the stairs of the Capitol

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