This time of year many of us are gearing up for recruitment of our new beginner musicians. Running recruitment can be time-consuming and a little overwhelming amidst everything else the busy director has to do. But of all the non-teaching responsibilities required of the band or orchestra director, recruitment is most worthy of every ounce of energy we put into it.
Need a quick fix for a broken instrument? Do your percussionists keep losing your triangle beaters? Do you need to incorporate technology in your rehearsal? These are just a few of the types of challenges instrument directors are faced with every day. If money was no object, most of these issues would be quickly and easily solved.
There are so many variables when speaking about budgets. Generally, each school receives a set amount of funds from the state or federal governments and granting institutions based on a variety of formulas. At universities, distribution of funds can be based on tuition, student fees, grants, and bond issues. In common education, funds are generally received based on student average daily attendance, bond issues, and grants.
For many programs, parent booster groups are essential. They help provide access to resources that school districts can’t provide. In addition to fundraising benefits, individual booster parents bring many talents into our organizations. When managed correctly, these contributions can greatly relieve a lot of the stress associated with being a music director.
This month we added 12 new ensemble titles to the SmartMusic Repertoire Library. Included are new pieces for concert band, string orchestra, and choir. View the complete list here.
Also added was an excellent jazz method book titled “The Articulate Jazz Musician.” This medium-difficulty level method supports standard jazz band instruments as well as flute, clarinet, and tuba.
Recent months have seen an American society that is increasingly polarized, and we have come to have a greater understanding of the presence of intolerance and prejudice in our nation. Because our classrooms are a microcosm of society at large, it is worth exploring how issues of diversity and inclusion influence music education.
In our Title 1 school, the student population is very diverse socially and economically. Funding our music programs can be a challenge. Fundraising makes a big difference.
Many music directors use sales of fruit, cheese cake, candles, and “you name it” from fundraising companies to benefit their programs.
One of a music director’s most difficult tasks is preparing the music department budget. In addition to tapping your inner accountant, you also have to predict the future in order to anticipate both the growth and long-term needs of your music program. Two keys for success are to always keep long-range planning in mind and to constantly strive to promote cooperation within your district.