Having played saxophone in junior high and high school, as well as being a member of marching band, jazz band and concert band, I think I know a little something about the importance of music education in schools. That’s why I teamed up with DoSomething.org and The VH1 Save the Music Foundation so we can motivate young people to advocate to keep these programs alive. But this isn’t just some generic fudnraiser — it’s a Battle For The Bands! Last year, #BattleForTheBands got 20,000 teens involved in pushing for music education. This year, with a little celebrity help from folks like Kelly Clarkson, we’re going even bigger with a national video contest — and I’m judging it!
Why is this so important? Because music education doesn’t just foster creativity among young people, it’s a fact that teens involved in these programs have better test scores and lower drug-use and drop-out rates. And I honestly think that that is something that we can and should all get behind and support.
If you want to get involved then head over to DoSomething.Org/Battle to find out how you can submit a music video (including fun parody videos) and (hopefully) grab the most votes from judges like me ;) The Top 10 winners will score awesome prizes for their schools like much needed money (for instruments, uniforms, sheet music, etc.), scholarships and even tickets to a concert of their choice. You can also help the Do Something cause by spreading the word by clicking HERE to tweet this post!
C’mon, y’all … let’s ALL Do Something to help save music education in schools :)
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