Arts Advocacy & Awareness

Statement from Arts Advocacy & Awareness Chair:

I am honored to serve as the Arts Advocacy and Awareness chair.  This site will have posts/materials that pertain to advocating for the arts.


1. What are our primary goals as music educators regarding arts awareness and advocacy?

2. Are we helping our students understand the importance of becoming an advocate of the arts and are we giving them help/tools toward that goal?

3. In what advocacy project could we involve ourselves and our students?

4. How can we better reach the parents of our students to help them understand that the education they are receiving in your respective studios has benefits far beyond the act of making music?


1. Our state conference can provide significant visibility to this necessary topic through paper presentations, workshops, panels, and informal discussions.  Think about presenting an Arts Advocacy and Awareness topic at a NCMTA conference.

2. When giving a concert or putting on a studio recital, let the audience know some quick factoid about the importance of music/arts. Make it interesting and meaningful.

My Goals

1. Building an arts awareness and advocacy data bank on our website which will become a resource for all our members. It might include lists of studies showing the benefits of music study and the like. It might also include organizations which provide resources and information on arts awareness and advocacy. I welcome information from you. If you find something that you think would be of interest to our members regarding this topic, please send it to me at the email address below for consideration. And thanks in advance.

2. Let music/arts educators throughout the state know that this organization is committed to supporting arts awareness and advocacy efforts, especially to developing new initiatives. All ideas are welcome. May I give a talk? Invite me!


Dylan Savage, DM

Associate Professor of Piano

University of North Carolina-Charlotte

In support of music study


Everything We Needed to Know About Business We Learned Playing Music.  Craig M. Cortello.  La Dolce Vita Publishing, 2009.  This book is a collection of personal essays from 32 professionals who attribute their success in business to their prior music education.  The book makes a strong case for music education whether or not a person is going into music as a profession.  For example, Monica Ricci, professional organizer and founder of Catalyst Organizing Solutions, she speaks in her essay of the benefits learned in playing in music ensembles that taught her collaboration and teamwork skills.  Another essay contributor, Dan Burrus, CEO and Founder of Burrus Research Technology, attributes his music performance background as a guitarist in helping him become a major success as a speaker (over 2300 keynotes).  These essays make a strong case that skills learned in the music lesson are absolutely essential in the business world. 

The Artistic Edge: 7 Skills Children Need to Succeed in an Increasingly Right Brain World.  Lisa Phillips.  Lisa Phillips, publisher, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, 2012.  This self-published book makes a case for why the arts are extremely important in education and to our children’s futures.  In the forward to this book, Raymond Aaron, NY-Times best-selling author of Chicken Soup for the Parent’s Soul, writes, “Education in the arts is not just for those who want to pursue careers in the arts.  It is about helping our children develop the skill set they need most in the twenty-first century.”

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