COVID-19 Updates

TMEA music events and meetings scheduled from March 16th through 29th are to be suspended.
Decisions on the impact of COVID-19 on all future TMEA events and competitions will be communicated as they become available.

The following print and video files are ready for distribution. All print-ready materials should be printable on standard 8.5" x 11" paper. In addition to being viewable from the website, some videos may also be downloaded and burned to DVDs. If you have requests for other resources that would be widely beneficial, notify us of that request.

In addition to the resources available here, we recommend visiting the NAMM Foundation's Support Music Coalition site for in-depth support materials. Combining their resources with the advocacy materials below should help you succeed in your local efforts.

Also, the Music Achievement Council, sponsored by NAMM and NASMD offers a wealth of information to support music educators with recruiting and retention, advocay, the business of being a music educator and more. Music Achievment Council's Resources for Educators


Fine Arts Participation Data: This PowerPointpresentation includes compelling research results about fine arts education, including state-level enrollment data showing how campuses with higher fine arts enrollment have higher academic ratings and graduation rates. The Notes section on the "Our ISD" slides includes a link to get to your campus data and instructions for updating those slides for your customized version of this presentation. Download this PowerPoint template and use all or just a few of the slides depending on what will be effective in your next presentation on the importance of fine arts in your school.

Print-Ready Materials

Top 10 Skills Children Learn from the Arts  (Washington Post 2013 article outlining skills learned through arts education essential for success in academia and life.)

Top 10 Skills Children Learn from the Arts (Graphic PDF of key points in the Washington Post 2013 article linked above, published in September 2015 Southwestern Musician. Contact TMEA if you need a high-resolution ver.)

STEM Vs. STEAM (One-pager with multiple sources championing the integration of the arts into the STEM curriculum.)

The Benefits of Music Education (An Overview of Current Neuroscience Research as published by The Royal Conservatory)

Advocacy Packet (Contains some of the following files in a single PDF)

All-State SAT Results (All-State musicians' scores compared to state and national averages)

National SAT Results (Scores of fine arts students compared to no fine arts study)

Learning, Arts, & The Brain (Summary of Dana Foundation Consortium report correlating arts study and improved cognition)

Creativity in 21st Century Workforce Preparation (Summary of 2009 Senate/House Dialogue with Dan Pink and other industry leaders)

Hearing the Music, Honing the Mind (November 2010 Scientific American article supporting music in the school because of its affect on the brain)

Voices in the Arts(2010 College Board publication offering a variety of perspectives on the importance of arts in education) 

Reverse Economics (Case study results: eliminating fine arts instructor positions created the opposite effect of that intended by ultimately raising FTE costs for the district)

Opting for Creativity (2008 Newsweek Article on China's academic evolution to inspire creativity in school)

Educating Through the Arts: How Fine Arts TEKS Correlate to TAKS Objectives

What the Law Says (Summary of fine arts education in Texas Education Code)


KRTU Radio Documentary (Compelling music education advocacy statements, TMEA convention insights, and performances by the 2010 TMEA All-State Jazz Ensemble)


2013 TMEA Convention Keynote by Karl Paulnack

2012 TMEA Convention Keynotes by Mike Huckabee and Carl St.Clair (full-length and highlights versions)

Dan Pink: A Hard-Headed Case for Arts Education (2009 TMEA convention keynote)

The Role of Creativity in 21st Century Workforce Preparation (2009 Texas Senate/House Briefing, Dan Pink, key speaker)

2010 TMEA Convention Keynotes

  • Benjamin Zander: The Art of Possibility
  • Tim Lautzenheiser
  • Senator Florence Shapiro: Distinguished Service Award Recipient

Music for a Complete Education (30-second PSA)

World of Music (Importance of the TMEA Clinic/Convention and music education)