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Making the Case for Your School Choir: An Advocacy Guide

Chorus America is devoted to sustaining and advancing the whole choral field and, given the situation at the federal, state, and local levels, we are especially concerned about guaranteeing that generations of young people don’t miss out on the advantages that singing in a school choral program is uniquely positioned to deliver to them.

That is why Chorus America developed Making the Case for Your School Choir: An Advocacy Guide*. We hope that it will help concerned teachers:

  • Articulate the impact of your choral music program
  • Build meaningful relationships with advocacy partners
  • Work together with your school administration
  • Reach out to potential collaborators in the community
  • Make every performance a proactive advocacy opportunity

We have gathered comprehensive data from notable, quotable sources that illustrate the value of singing for children. Moreover, the linked and annotated bibliography provides you with the PDFs of all the studies quoted in Making the Case—it’s your one-stop shop!

STAND UP FOR SCHOOL CHOIRS! download Making the Case for Your School Choir: An Advocacy Guide for free!

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Making the Case is a very helpful resource for those who need persuasive data at their fingertips about the value of school choral music programs.” – Cheryl Scott Williams, Executive Director, Learning First Alliance

“Chorus America has created a useful and well-crafted advocacy tool.” – Christopher Woodside, Assistant Executive Director, Center for Advocacy and Public Affairs, MENC: The National Association for Music Education

“This is an arts service organization at its best. The work overall on Making the Case and on each additional tool is clear, strong, inspiring, and immediately useful to make a practical difference for so many.” – Eric Booth, Senior Advisor, Music National Service Initiative (MusicianCorps); Senior Advisor, El Sistema USA; co-founder, Mentoring & Arts Education Program, The Juilliard School


Multiple studies have shown that adults who are exposed to the arts at a young age are most likely to participate actively in the arts throughout their entire life. We know that one of the most meaningful ways to carry out Chorus America’s mission to build a dynamic and inclusive choral community is to support choral music education in our schools. According to the National Endowment for the Arts and our own Chorus America data, choral singing is by far the most popular form of participation in the performing arts today. We all need to act now if we are to keep it that way!