AOSA Statement Denouncing Violence Against Black Community

June 2020

As Orff Schulwerk educators, we are charged with teaching not just music and movement, but also respect and inclusion. As such, AOSA recognizes and denounces actions that undermine this work.

AOSA denounces injustices imposed on any communities of color; and, particularly, we condemn the violence against Black communities in our country. We reaffirm our commitment to supporting who we serve which includes Black teachers,
Black students, and Black families. We believe Black Lives Matter.

AOSA condemns the systemic racial inequities of our country as we evolve in our awareness of who AOSA is and what that represents. AOSA calls on membership to support all the students they teach along with their families and their communities, inside and outside of the music classroom.

AOSA’s Mission, Core Values, and Diversity and Inclusion Statement are not just words on a page, but guides in the direction of the programs, services, and activities we offer our members and the music education world. We continue to reflect on our organizational practices in order to implement policies that dismantle injustice within our organization. AOSA respects and affirms human dignity.