Students Lobby for Music Education in Washington, D.C.

Published on Thu, July 06, 2017

Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA) Executive Board Members and collegiate members met with Pennsylvania Representative Lloyd Smucker to advocate for music education. From left to right are: Harlow Alexander, Dupont, Pa., sophomore music education major, Marywood University; Ethan Wolfe; Taylor Morgan, freshman music education major, Marywood University; Rep. Lloyd Smucker; Abigail Young, PMEA executive director; Mark Despotakis, advocacy council chairperson; and Tina Bennett, PMEA president elect.

Two Marywood University music education students, Harlow Alexander and Taylor Morgan, recently traveled to Washington, D.C. to meet with members of the House of Representatives to lobby for music education.

Ms. Alexander and Ms. Morgan were recently elected to posts in the Pennsylvania Collegiate Music Educators Association (PCMEA) at the Pennsylvania Music Educators Annual In-Service Conference. Ms. Alexander, sophomore, Dupont, Pa., was elected state president, and Ms. Morgan, freshman, Jermyn, Pa., was elected Region IV coordinator.

PCMEA consists of a select group of students, representing each district in Pennsylvania. Each year, PCMEA members elect a president-elect, regional coordinators, and a technology coordinator. The president nominates a secretary. This executive board meets periodically throughout the year and represents all pre-music educators throughout Pennsylvania.