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Music teachers travel to Washington to advocate for students’ interests

Music teachers travel to Washington to advocate for students’ interests

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Wilson native Jeremy Tucker, second from left, attended the National Association for Music Education’s Hill Day in Washington DC last month. He is pictured with Marna Dodson, North Carolina music teacher; Amy Bradley, editor of the National Association for Music Educators; Bardia Asefnia, parliamentary assistant to Congresswoman Deborah Ross; and Susan Heirserman, executive director of the NC Music Educators Association. Tucker is advocacy chair of the NC Music Educators Association. Photo contributed

Wilson native and former Wilson County Schools teacher Jeremy Tucker was one of more than 300 music education leaders and advocates who gathered in Washington, D.C. last month to impress upon lawmakers the importance of music education.

Tucker, director of arts education for the Wake County Public School System and artistic director of the Raleigh Youth Choir, participated with several other North Carolina residents in the National Association for Music Education’s annual Hill Day.

During meetings with members of Congress, participants shared their personal experiences regarding the positive impact music education has on their students and communities.

Those anecdotes helped facilitate a conversation that focused on how lawmakers can support federal programs and laws that ensure all students have access to a comprehensive education that includes music, according to a press release from the NC Music Educators Association. Tucker is the association’s advocacy chair.

NAfME advocates for federal programs that support comprehensive education, such as Titles I, II, and IV-A of the Every Student Succeeds Act.