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Texas Music Educators Association: The Art of Legislating Arts Education


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.

Author: Phil Pierick, ed. Michael A. Anderson
Published: Volume 2, Winter 2017
Details: PDF Download – 8 pages plus Appendices
ISSN: 2475-4994

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Case Study Methodology

Eastman Case Studies for classroom use have three key attributes:

1. They offer an issue encountered by management in music administration, which demands a resolution or action.

2. They put the student into the business situation, creating an immersive experience that will sharpen student judgement and acumen for similar circumstances.

3. They are presented as chronologically compact scenarios, keeping to facts that bear on the case, and minimizing long histories and extraneous stories about musical arts organizations. The cases shine a light onto particular business problems and are packaged concisely for student learning.