[Editor: The following blog is based on the National Public Radio show, “Turning dented band instruments into teaching tools.” AMP interviewed program creator Dr. Jeremy Earnhart, Director of Fine Arts with the Arlington Independent Schools, to learn more.] AMP: What led you to conceive and launch this instrument repair program for the Arlington schools? JE: … Continue reading Texas Music Educator Creates Innovative School Program that Turns Dented Instruments into Gold
Today’s guest post is by Maggie Fischer, founder and president of the Music Advocates of Carroll County in Maryland. They are a grassroots organization that is dedicated to supporting music education in our schools. In this post, find out how to create an open dialog with the members of your Board of Education.
You’ve seen the headlines about the economy and “failing” schools. We believe parents need to step up to get involved long before your local school board begins cutting costs…whether it’s with a scalpel, or with something worse! Think it can’t happen to you? Well, come on in and sit a spell…maybe it’s not too late for your school music program after all.
Recently I took the opportunity to thank my local school board and administration for supporting the arts at my daughter’s school. I sent an advance copy to the teachers I mentioned by name, then sent copies to the administration (superintendent, assistant superintendents, principal & assistant principal) and the entire school board. I’ve included a draft of my letter below.??