Below is a list of recommended resources and organizations related to opera, arts and education.
The Performing Arts Alliance
is a national network of more than 33,000 organizational and individual members comprising the professional, nonprofit performing arts and presenting fields. For more than 30 years, the Performing Arts Alliance has been the premier advocate for America's professional nonprofit arts organizations, artists and their audiences before the U.S. Congress and key policy makers. Through legislative and grassroots action, the Performing Arts Alliance advocates for national policies that recognize, enhance and foster the contributions the performing arts make to America.
Americans for the Arts
serves, advances and leads the network of organizations and individuals who cultivate, promote, sustain and support the arts in America. Founded in 1960, Americans for the Arts is the nation's leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education.
The National Assembly of State Arts Agencies
(NASAA) is the membership organization that unites, represents and serves the nation's state and jurisdictional arts agencies. Each of the 56 states and jurisdictions
has created an agency to support excellence in and access to the arts.
The NAMM Foundation
, a nonprofit supported in part by the National Association of Music Merchants and its nearly 9,000 members around the world, supports the mission of advancing active participation in music-making across the lifespan by supporting scientific research, philanthropic giving and public service programs from the international music products industry.
Arts Education Partnership
(AEP) is a national coalition of more than 100 education, arts, business, cultural, government and philanthropic organizations. AEP was established in 1995 through a unique interagency agreement between the National Endowment for the Arts and the U.S. Department of Education. The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) serves as AEP’s fiscal agent and administers the Partnership with the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies (NASAA). The ArtsEdSearch.org site is the nation’s first online research and policy clearinghouse focused entirely on student and educator outcomes associated with arts learning in and out of school.
The National Association for Music Education
(NAfME) advocates at the local, state and national levels; provides resources for teachers, parents and administrators; hosts professional development events; and offers a variety of opportunities for students and teachers.
is the Kennedy Center’s free digital resource for teaching and learning in, through and about the arts.
Arts Education Resource
(AER) works with professional artists, teaching artists, arts specialists, classroom teachers, administrators from schools, school districts, and arts and cultural organizations. Areas of focus for AER include arts partnerships, arts integration, differentiated instruction, curriculum, unit and lesson plan design, disability awareness, classroom management, reflective practice and artist core values.
is an online clearinghouse that collects and summarizes high-quality research studies on the impact of arts education, and analyzes the implications of the data for educational policy and practice.
The U.S. Department of Education
is the agency of the federal government that establishes policy for, administers and coordinates most federal assistance to education.
The National Center for Education Statistics
(NCES) is the primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data related to education in the U.S. and other nations. NCES is located within the U.S. Department of Education and the Institute of Education Sciences.
is an online aggregator of recent articles about the arts from a variety of resources, including a section devoted to education.
builds on the strength of public media and is designed to improve teacher effectiveness and student achievement. Resources are aligned to Common Core and national standards, and include videos and interactive features, as well as audio components, documents and in-depth lesson plans. You can browse by standards, grade level, subject area and special collections. You can also favorite and share resources with your class and colleagues through folders and social media. Best of all, PBS LearningMedia’s basic service is free for PreK-12 educators.
This digital library offers free digital resources for teaching and learning from Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute
, including lesson plans and classroom materials, professional development resources for musicians and teaching artists, videos of concerts, artist interviews and more.