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West Music’s President and CEO Robin Walenta joined nearly 100 music industry leaders, notable artists and arts education activists to advocate for all school-aged children to have access to quality, comprehensive school music education programs. As part of the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Advocacy Fly-In, held May 21-24, the delegation met with Members of Congress and other policy stakeholders to reinforce the importance of music as part of a well-rounded education.

Here is what the #NAMMFlyIn means to Robin: 

As the Chair of the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM), it was an honor to represent the over 10,000 NAMM members in Washington, DC this week as we met with our Members of Congress on the importance of fully funding music education for all students as outlined in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) signed into law in December 2015.  As the President and CEO of West Music Company, I know firsthand the importance and impact a well-rounded education can have on student success. Music education is essential for a well-rounded education as defined in ESSA, and it is our responsibility to ensure every student in the state of Iowa has access to a quality, sequential music education. Music matters. It equips students with foundational skills to learn, cultivates critical thinking skills, fosters superior working memory and vocabulary, strengthens perseverance and self-esteem, and enhances fine motor skills. Music education bolsters student engagement and achievement in other academic subjects and develops the abilities essential for lifelong success.

Senator Ernst receiving Best Communities for Music Education Award from #NAMMFlyIn Team Iowa

NAMM Chair Robin Walenta with #NAMMFlyIn keynote speaker Charlie Sykes

Robin Walenta kicking off #NAMMFlyIn

Additional Resouces for Music Advocacy

To learn more about how West Music supports music education and advocacy, visit us online: Music Advocacy at West Music. Our online resources include links to websites for information about music advocacy, action tools to learn how to get involved, statistics and research, resources for parents, articles for music educators, and more!