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Music education is widely considered an important component of childhood development, and singer Sarah Darling has long been an outspoken proponent of keeping it available in public schools.
For her efforts, Sarah was recently presented with the “Stand for Music” Award by the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) at the organization’s 2013 National Leadership Assembly in Washington, D.C. While she was in the nation’s capitol, Sarah also met with representatives from Tennessee (where she lives) and Iowa (where she grew up) to discuss the issue.
Sarah attributes her musical career to having learned from supportive educators. “I don’t know if I would have had the courage and belief in myself to truly chase after this dream if it weren’t for my pre-school teacher Sherry Vanderploeg and middle school music teacher Stephanie Rumple. They saw my passion for music and honed my talent, giving me the most incredible gift and chance for success in all aspects of my life,” says Sarah. “I believe it is so important for our nation’s leaders to understand the immense benefit music education has in young people’s lives—no matter what career they pursue. Music entertains, inspires and heals. I’m honored the NAfME has given me the chance to be heard.”
Sarah also recently premiered the summer-ready video for her new single, “Little Umbrellas,” which you can view below.