Community Help in Music Education (CHIME)

CHIME has focused its advocacy activities on its goals of having the DC Public School System:

  • Include music education in the required curriculum of DC public elementary schools, and
  • Make systemic changes to facilitate participation by the community in supporting and enriching the school curriculum.
We are happy that DCPS has announced plans to make music education mandatory (along with art and P.E.) beginning with the 2003-04 school year. Until now it has been at the discretion of individual Principals, many of whom have made other choices out of their allocated budgets. We are also happy that some of CHIME’s suggestions for facilitating community curriculum enrichment are also being implemented.

Our Advocacy Activities have included:

  • Initiating a RESOLUTION passed by the DC Congress of Parent and Teacher Associations demanding inclusion of music education in the required curriculum.
  • Circulating a PETITION supporting the resolution, for which we have gathered over 3,000 signatures so far.
  • TESTIFYING at public hearings for many years on the need to provide for music education in the DC Public School Budget.
  • Forming CANDY {Coalition for Arts Now for DC Youth), a Coalition of community leaders and organizations.
  • To read some of our testimony that was submitted in writing as well as orally, click on links below: