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Remo® Affiliates with SupportMusic.com Initiative To Keep Music in Schools   

Valencia, CA, July 10, 2006 –– REMO, an innovator in the world of drumheads, drums and percussion accessories, has affiliated with SupportMusic.com, the Music Education Coalition’s initiative and the source of information for grassroots efforts to support school music programs.  This affiliation brings REMO into a valuable network that seeks to advance the coalition’s advocacy mission to keep music strong in schools.  

www.SupportMusic.com was launched by the Music Education Coalition, an entity formed by the International Music Products Association (NAMM) and the National Association for Music Education (MENC).
 
REMO founder Remo Belli, who also helped launch the Percussive Arts Society, another SupportMusic member, has consistently responded to the needs of educators by producing instruments that are ideally suited for use by students as they develop and learn. For decades, educators who support the addition of music instruction in every child’s education have incorporated REMO products into their teaching curriculums. Early childhood educator Lynn Kleiner partnered with REMO to develop her own line of children's instruments.  Will Schmid, past president of MENC and a world drumming expert who is actively involved in his community as well as author Dr. Craig Woodson, who has developed a “Roots of Rhythm” musical curriculum for K-8 students, have both incorporated REMO products into their educational programs.

“We are very pleased to be a part of the SupportMusic coalition,” says John Fitzgerald, Manager of Recreational Music Activities. “The coalition delivers a vitally important message from the education and music industry communities about the power of music making to bring value and innovation back into the public education system.”

Always a forward-thinking company, REMO also understands the importance of offering tools that build the musical community.  REMO’s popular drum circles span the demographic spectrum, impacting the Recreational Music Making (RMM) movement, which seeks to make music enjoyable and accessible.  REMO also encourages music making for wellness with its newest program HealthRHYTHMS, which promotes drumming as an effective means for maintaining health and well-being. These and other dynamic drumming classes are offered at REMO’s Recreational Music Center in North Hollywood.

SupportMusic coalition affiliates, REMO and over 100 other organizations, are part of the national task force devoted to ensuring that every child has access to music as part of a quality education.  Coalition members serve as resources for one another across the country as they strategize to defend and save at-risk music and arts programs in the nation’s classrooms.  Strategies include monthly conference calls with the entire coalition, collective grassroots community efforts wherever the need arises and the sharing of experience and ideas to form the best strategies. 

About SupportMusic.com
SupportMusic.com is a public service initiative that represents close to seven million individuals who seek to critically impact the resolve and support for music education in local communities around the United States.  SupportMusic.com is an advocacy effort that unites over 100 national and regional affiliates with parents and community leaders seeking to improve access and opportunity in music and arts learning. Primarily configured as a website, but also as an ad hoc consortium of concerned individuals and organizations, SupportMusic.com provides tools for grassroots advocacy, promotes messages about the importance of music and the arts as part of learning, and disseminates research that substantiates their vital role. To find out how to help keep music in schools log onto www.SupportMusic.com.



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