Texas Music Educators Association: The Art of Legislating Arts Education (with Teacher Notes and Instructions)
Arts advocacy organizations can achieve its goals by helping shape legislative and school board policy at the state level.
Serving music educators and students statewide, the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) achieved a meaningful legislative victory with the passage and implementation of Senate Bill 815 in 2003, which mandated standards-driven music education in all districts. This case describes the journey to pass this legislation, as well as lessons learned through lobbying for arts education. The study highlights the continuing role of TMEA as an advocate for arts education, exploring the possibility of future legislation to further secure a strong position for quality arts curriculum in Texas schools.