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 2012Read More
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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, 2012Read More
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.Read More
Noise is everywhere. How much is too much? This guide will help parents choose safe-listening earphones for children. The first step in preventing hearing damage is understanding the risks of various types of earphones, including stock earbuds that come with portable players. Presented by Etymotic Research, Inc.Read More
The benefits of playing a musical instrument are proven. This guide gives you ideas to engage your child in music from birth through children already playing an instrument. Gabrielle Sanna, 2011Read More
Findings released after three years of studies by neuroscientists and psychologists at seven universities help amplify scientists’ understanding of how training in the arts might contribute to improving the general thinking skills of children and adults. Debra Viadero, 2008Read More
If there were a surefire way to improve your brain would you try it? Recent research offers a possibility with much better, science-based support: that focused training in the arts strengthens the brain’s attention system, which in turn can improve cognition more generally. Michael I. Posner, Ph.D., and Brenda Patoine, 2009Read More
Many parents want to help their child learn to play an instrument, but have never had any musical training themselves and do not know where to begin. Marc Whitlock, band director for Discovery Middle School and formerly a band director with the award winning Plymouth Canton Educational Park, MI and Marian Catholic H.S., gives parents detailed guidelines for home practice to help their child succeed.Read More
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.Read More
The NAMM Foundation acknowledges schools and districts across the U.S. for their commitment to and support for music education as part of the core curriculum in schools. Congratulations to those communities who have Achieved this prestigious designation.Read More