Consider the status of music education as you read Music Education at a Crossroads, a collection of addresses from the Centennial Congress of MENC: The National Association for Music Education. Noted leaders in music education-including Paul Lehman, Bennett Reimer, Samuel Hope, and Michael Mark-joined Brenda Welburn and Anne Bryant in addressing the challenges and opportunities faced by music educators today. The Centennial Congress renewed a shared professional commitment to a comprehensive music education for all students and discussed the impediments to the vision of the Centennial Declaration: "It is the right of every child to receive a balanced, comprehensive, sequential music education taught by qualified music teachers."
Janet R. Barrett is associate professor of music education at the Bienen School of Music, Northwestern University. She served as president of the North Central Division of MENC:The National Association for Music Education from 2004-2006.
Chapter 1 Foreword Chapter 2 Introduction: Music Education at a Crossroads Chapter 3 The Centennial Declaration Chapter 4 Celebrating 100 Years of Focus Chapter 5 The National Association for Music Education: Leadership for What? Chapter 6 Are We There Yet? Why Not? Chapter 7 Current Directions in Policy Development: Thinking and Acting on Behalf of Music Study Chapter 8 Changing the National Environment for Music Education from the Perspective of School Boards Chapter 9 Changing the National Environment for Music Education from the Perspective of State Boards of Education