Music Education Symposium

NAMM Foundation has offered the Spirit of Harmony Foundation a challenge grant, where your donations will be matched dollar for dollar up to $25,000! We invite you to support us as we advocate for music education!

Music has always played an important role in the human experience as an art form, a means of communication, and as a connection to each other. Learning to play music serves another vital role in the human experience by providing our children with essential skills and tools that will enable them to succeed in life - individually, academically, economically and socially. Yet, more and more music programs are either being cut or are facing cuts, jeopardizing our children’s opportunities for music education.  

Famed musician and producer Todd Rundgren, along with his global fan family, believe a lack of music education is a cultural deficiency.  Todd created the Spirit of Harmony Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization, to provide support and funding to schools and other organizations; particularly to those teaching children how to play instruments and giving them the chance to express themselves through music. 

The Spirit of Harmony Foundation, in conjunction with the Clinton School of Public Service, will present “The Moral Imperative of Music Education Symposium,” a panel of experts comprised of leaders in neurological research, social music education based programs, economics and music educators with media support of KUAR 89.1 FM Public Radio – Little Rock and The Point, 94.1 FM.  

We’re writing to you to consider a sponsorship for the symposium to help us reach as many people as possible that share our interest in the moral imperative for music education.  

The attachments provide sponsorship details. Please let us know if you have any additional questions. Thank you for your consideration and we hope you will join us in our mission to enhance the lives of our children through music and music education.

Spirit of Harmony Foundation/Clinton School of Public Service Symposium on the Moral Imperative of Music Education
Saturday, April 18, 2015   6:30-9:00 p.m.
University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service, Little Rock, AR

Symposium Summary:

Entertainment outside the venue: Mabelvale Elementary Drum and Groove Line

Welcome – University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service

Roger Clinton: On music education and the impact of music in his life

Arkansas Symphony Youth Orchestra, Brass Quintet

Master of Ceremonies Kevin Ellman opening remarks

Welcome from Todd Rundgren

* The Social Benefits of Music Education: Dr. Margaret Martin, The Harmony Project
* The Neurological/Physical Benefits of Music Education: Dr. Nina Kraus, Northwestern University Brainvolts Lab
* The Economic Benefits of Music Education – Policy Perspective: Dr. George Ford, The Phoenix Center
* The Academic Benefits of Music Education – School-based perspective: Carl Mouton, Maumelle High School band director
* The Emotional/Creative Benefits of Music Education: Todd Rundgren
* Wrap-up and call to action

Musical Performance – Todd Rundgren, Kevin Ellman, Jesse Gress, Ralph Schuckett, John Siegler, and special guests

For more on the symposium and speakers, please visit:

All $1000 donations get two tickets to our exclusive VIP reception immediately following the Symposium.  We also have corporate sponsorship opportunities available. Please contact us if you'd like to find out more. [email redacted]
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