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.
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This is the perfect scrolling presentation to play prior to a concert or during intermission. Take advantage of this precious time to educate the audience on the value of music education.
Andrew Spang, Music Advocates of Carroll County, MD
Every band director has heard some variation of the above statements from parents or students rationalizing a choice to participate in our activity. We have also all noticed a trend on both the state and national level towards needing statistical proof for every choice made involving staffing, funding, and even the necessity of even having arts programs in our schools. How can you make this numbers driven approach to analyzing the worth of your program work FOR you instead of constantly fighting the battle AGAINST it. Chris Kreke, Associate Director of Bands Carmel, H.S., IN 2011
Requiring Volunteerism in a Booster Organization (228.76 kB)
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
Effective Board Communication with Your Director (145.21 kB)
Many programs across the country struggle with effective communication between the executive board and director. This article details steps to establish frequent, effective, two-way communication help to produce a successful program. Lisa Harbour, President - Carmel Band Boosters, IN 2012
A concert program is a wonderful opportunity to take advantage of the space provided to not only highlight the performance titles and student's names, but to educate and advocate to a captive audience about the importance of music education.
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.
In this day and age of electronic mail, a personal letter mailed to each individual inviting them to attend a specific concert stands out. These invites have an embedded pro-advocacy message.
Tools to recruit and communicate with incoming freshman students and their parents. Everyone is wondering "What is the commitment to instrumental music in high school?" Take a look at the following articles to help guide your program. Mold and shape them to your program's characteristics.
Brochures and Flyers to promote your program, whether that be internally to younger student musicians or externally to advocate or gain sponsorship.