The Organization of American Kodály Educators (OAKE) is proud to partner with organizations which share common goals and interests that support high-quality music education and promote universal music literacy and lifelong music making. For that reason, OAKE is an affiliated national institutional member of the International Kodály Society (IKS), a corporate member of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), a member of the Alliance for Active Music Making (AAMM), and a member of the Music Education Policy Roundtable (MEPR). OAKE has officially endorsed the 2014 MEPR Legislative Agenda and the NAfME “Broader-Minded: Think Beyond the Bubbles” National Music Advocacy campaign. More information regarding these organizations and OAKE-endorsed advocacy campaigns are provided below.
The International Kodály Society is active in 34 countries and has Affiliated National Organizations in 16 countries. The IKS supports those working in the field of music and music education, particularly those following the legacy of Zoltán Kodály. Values of the IKS: 1) Individuals should be afforded the right and the opportunity to develop their musical gifts. 2) Music education is an integral part of the normal school curriculum. 3) The need for musical expression, inherent in every human being should be satisfied. 4) Room should be made for authentic musical material that has educational value. 5) As a step towards understanding between people, school song books, in addition to indigenous musical heritage, should contain songs selected from all over the world.
The Mission of the AAMM is to promote active music making approaches in general music teacher education. Goals of AAMM: 1) To provide a forum for sharing philosophies and practices of active music making, including, but not limited to, those of Jaques-Dalcroze, Gordon, Kodály, and Orff. 2) To promote collaboration between music teachers and university methods teachers toward implementation of active music making. 3) To provide resources that will promote understanding and practice of active music making. 4) To encourage in-depth professional development in active music making approaches. 5) To promote awareness among education leaders and policy makers, arts educators, future teachers, and the general public about active music making approaches. 6) To encourage, support, and disseminate research regarding active music making.
The Music Education Policy Roundtable is an alliance of music advocacy organizations formalized by the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) and American String Teachers Association (ASTA). The mission of The Roundtable is the unification of all music education advocacy organizations under a single policy apparatus, working in unison to achieve a consensus set of federal legislative recommendations, on behalf of the profession and all of those who stand to benefit from its contributions to education. The Roundtable is dedicated to ensuring the presence and perseverance of school music programs operated by certified music educators teaching sequential, standards-based music education to students across the nation.
Among the world’s largest arts education organizations, NAfME advocates at the local, state, and national levels; provides resources for teachers, parents, and administrators; hosts professional development events; and offers a variety of opportunities for students and teachers. The Association orchestrates success for millions of students nationwide and has supported music educators at all teaching levels for more than a century. Since 1907, NAfME has worked to ensure that every student has access to a well-balanced, comprehensive, and high-quality program of music instruction taught by qualified teachers. NAfME’s activities and resources have been largely responsible for the establishment of music education as a profession, for the promotion and guidance of music study as an integral part of the school curriculum, and for the development of the National Standards for Arts Education.
The guiding principles of the Broader-Minded Campaign are to: 1) Publicize the importance of educating the whole student and to point out the benefits of a Music Education inside and beyond the “bubbles” – brain development, academic achievement, filling gaps, inherent benefits, 21st Century skills, etc. 2) It advocates for the change of STEM to STEAM (adding Arts to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). 3) It provides ways for individuals to participate in Music Advocacy through a variety of activities.