The American Roots Music Festival has the following objectives:
- Raise money to support, enhance and enable K-12 music
education programs in rural Oregon communities.
- Provide enhanced educational opportunities for grades 1-12
- Showcase styles of music that are part of our cultural
heritage but that are underexposed in today’s mass media.
- Develop an arts partnership between the public and private sectors.
The benefits of music education are well documented.
One of the most comprehensive and compelling presentations of
the scientific evidence is found in the 52-page report entitled Spin-Offs: The Extra-Musical Advantages of a Musical Education (Download 19MB Report),
published in 1995 by researchers at the University of Arizona and
Kent State University. Citing
study after study, this report documents scientific evidence that
music education has a positive impact on students in the following
areas: reading skills,
language skills, mathematic skills, creativity, self-esteem, social
skills, perceptual motor skills, psychomotor development and
reducing dropout rates.
A music festival is a natural way
to bring together the community, music educators and music students,
and professional musicians. Throughout
this event, students have opportunities to learn from and interact
with the guest artists. Some
of these students will have opportunities to perform with these
professional musicians which will have a life-long impact, along
with increased confidence which benefits them in all areas of their
The community has the opportunity to enjoy top talent in a
local setting, and through ticket proceeds, place much needs funds
back into the music education programs.