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NCMEA Strategic Direction

Inform, engage, and activate the public, policymakers and educational leaders to promote and support music as an integral and core component of a comprehensive and balanced education accessible to all students.

Position Statement on Class Size Allotment – January 2017

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The class size allotment provision for the 2017-2018 school year included in the 2016 state budget by the General Assembly is harmful and damaging to music education in North Carolina. Lawmakers across the nation have enumerated music as a fundamental component of a well-rounded child in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). NCMEA believes that our citizens support quality music programs in our schools and understand that music is a natural and important part of a child’s growth and development. Our mission is to advance music education by promoting the understanding and making of music by all. The positive affects of music instruction create life-long success in students. It is clear that the class size allotment provision will damage the ability of school districts across North Carolina to offer equitable music instruction by qualified, licensed music teachers across our state. We believe it would be in the best interest of our state’s children and for their music education for the General Assembly to eliminate the class size allotment provision from the 2016 budget and return to the current class size allotment formula. We do not support any new provision or amendment to the current provision that will, in effect, cause an unwritten mandate for school districts to reduce the number of music teachers in their district in order to comply with lower class sizes. Any such provision is not healthy for students and is a disservice to our teachers. No elementary child in North Carolina’s public schools should experience an education without music instruction by a qualified, licensed music teacher. We urge lawmakers to act quickly to correct this harmful mandate to our children’s future. To contact your legislators about this issue, please follow this link: Joint Legislative Education Oversight Committee
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Position Statement on Licensure and Classrooms for the Elementary Music Educator

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NCMEA strongly supports the idea that music instruction should be delivered by those with a license to teach music education, not by a generalist with little or no training in the field of music education. Every effort should be made by local school districts to employ licensed music educators to teach music education at the elementary level. 

Any additional music education offerings from community arts providers (cultural organizations, community arts organizations, and teaching artists) or classroom generalists should be used to support and not in place of the teaching of a licensed music educator. While abound with many additional resources for students, these non-licensed artists and generalists educators do not have the direct understanding of a sequential, standards based music curriculum that a highly qualified and licensed music educator can offer.

In situations where music instruction is not available by a licensed music educator, every effort should be made to support the classroom generalist with quality resources and support (including professional development) until a licensed music educator is employed. NCMEA advocates for the support of such instruction by licensed retired music educators as mentors for the elementary generalist who is seeking to provide music instruction.