Dear CMEA Member:

I am excited to announce the launch of a new CMEA advocacy campaign called Legally Authorized to Jam!

Legally Authorized to Jam was made to inform you and your community that music education is required, by law in California public schools for Grades 1-6 and required to be offered to students in Grades 7-12. Education Code Sections 51210(e) and 51220(g), respectively, provide these legal requirements for all California schools districts to provide music and arts education.

The Legally Authorized to Jam campaign provides California music educators and citizens  infographics (example to the right) to show at school board meetings, holding local governing boards accountable with the law. 

How do you know if your school and district comply with the law? 

School Districts may apply for a waiver of requirements pertaining to the education code, but only if a public hearing is held prior to application for such a waiver.  Longtime music education advocate and CMEA Member Carl Schafer indicates that no such waivers for music education have been filed in recent years. 

What are music education leaders doing next to enforce arts education compliance?

Leaders of CMEA, CAEA (California Art Education Association), CDEA (California Dance Educators Association), CETA (California Educational Theatre Association) will be participating in a panel discussion at an Informational Hearing on Education Code Compliance as it pertains to arts education in California on November 6, 2015.  This hearing will be sponsored by the Joint Committee on the Arts, chaired by State Senator Ben Allen .  CMEA will post more information about the hearing on its Facebook Page soon. 

Things you can do: 

  • Use the Tools. Go to website to view the infographic and slideshow presentation.
  • Talk to an Expert. Email Carl Schafer, CMEA Member and advocate on the Education Code Compliance.  Contact Carl at:
  • Stay tuned! Our next phase will be to make a video, but we’ll need your help. Check the Legally Authorized page on the StandUp4Music website for future directions.

Music education benefits all aspects of life and career. Let’s inform the public that in California, your kid is entitled to learn, play, and sing music at school!

We want to see all California students jamming in compliance with the Ed Code!  Let’s do it! 



Michael D. Stone, President
California Music Educators Association (CMEA)



Leaders of the 4 ArtsEd. Organization Coalition (CAEA, CDEA, CETA, and CMEA) have responded to Superintendent Torlakson that no statewide assessment in the arts should be created in California until current visual and performing arts standards are updated and adopted by the State Board of Education.  Creating a new assessment system for arts education must wait until our Standards are updated.

CMEA encourages its members to take the short California Assessments of Student Performance and Progress Visual and Performing Arts Stakeholder Survey: .  Share your voice in the conversation!

Michael D. Stone
California Music Educators Association


View CMEA's Letter to Tom Torlakson-Torlakson Letter
View CAASP information letter CAASP Letter

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CMEA has become a partner with TEACH California in order to support potential teacher candidates with gaining information on requirements and prerequisites necessary to teach in California’s public school system.  As you likely know, California has a huge teacher crisis.  Music is no exception.  California will need to recruit out-of-state music teachers for the next few years to meet the demands of its growing student population and newly created music positions.

TEACH California is a special contracted project of the California Department of Education with the Sacramento County Office of Education.  The TEACH California Web site is designed to recruit teachers to the profession of teaching, explain the teacher preparation process, assist prospective teachers in creating their plan to become credentialed teachers, provide relevant content, partner with related public and non-profit entities, and offer links to important resources. The TEACH California Web site is the California Department of Education's (CDE) primary Web effort for recruiting individuals to the teaching profession.

The mission of the CDE is to provide leadership, assistance, oversight and resources so that every Californian has access to an education that meets world-class standards.

TEACH California is a special contracted project of the California Department of Education with the Sacramento County Office of Education. Some federal funds are provided to California from the U.S. Department of Education through the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and the Elementary Secondary Education Act (ESEA). Opinions expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the position of the U. S. Department of Education.

View the 2015 Stand Up For Music Priorities.