by Troy Wollwage, Marketing Manager of Percussion Instruments, Yamaha Corporation of America Download Social Media for Music Educators.PDF By now nearly every music educator, every band parent and every music student has access to the world of social media. There is no doubt that it has changed everything we do on a daily basis. It … Continue reading Social Media for Music Educators
Broken Arrow Parent Organization FAQ (278.92 kB) All the questions parents want answers for but were afraid to ask. Who chaperones? Who pays for uniforms? What is a student account? What kind of time commitment is marching band? When are the Band Parent meetings? Answers to these questions and more! Broken Arrow Parent Association, OK 2011
The purpose behind requiring parents to volunteer is about building a sense of community and holding the parents to the same high level of expectation as the students. Choosing to charge a fee for not volunteering is one option. You’d be surprised at the results – the obvious and not so obvious!
Lisa Harbour, President – Carmel Band Boosters, IN 2011
An incredible example of fully utilizing a concert program to communicate the importance of music through highlighting music education facts, letters from administration, a concert etiquette quiz, and all contact information for the complete range of music programs within the district. Kathleen Heuer, 2012
There is evidence we remember only 10% of what we hear and 24% of what we see, but when people become physically involved in what they are doing memory increases to 80%!! Try not only speaking the information you wish to get across, but providing it in written form, along with finding a creative way for physical involvement and see the success of your program skyrocket!
Based on these statistics, it seems we need to do more than talk about the benefits of music education. What if every communication from your music program took advantage of the space provided to highlight a music fact or two? How about if a concert program utilized some of the resources below to include etiquette tips or music facts. These small steps are the beginning of advocating for your school music program.
A concert is a formal event, even if held in the school’s gymnasium. A lot of preparation is involved by the teachers and students to make it enjoyable for the audience and performers. Please see the documents below to help make each concert a memorable and rewarding experience for your child. There is even a fun quiz, provided by MENC, to pass out at your next concert to help educate others.
Use your school’s grading statistics to show those involved in a music program have better grades than the average school population. See how this program’s stats show grades are even higher during a time intensive marching band season! Chris Kreke, Associate Director of Bands, Carmel H.S., IN, 2011