Free Ebook with Music Department Budgeting Tips

Free Ebook with Music Department Budgeting Tips

Now that the holiday break has faded from the rearview mirror, you’re 100% focused on fulfilling all your new year’s resolutions, right?

Not if your budget is due soon.

Budgeting is one of those things that can feel all-consuming – like there’s room for nothing else – until it has been completed.

Successful Recruitment Is a Process, Not an Event

Successful Recruitment Is a Process, Not an Event

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.

An Administrator’s Guide to Music Department Budgeting

An Administrator’s Guide to Music Department Budgeting

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.

How Parent Booster Groups Can Help Your Music Program

How Parent Booster Groups Can Help Your Music Program

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.

Spotlight on “The Articulate Jazz Musician”

Spotlight on "The Articulate Jazz Musician"

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.

Ten Steps Toward Full Inclusion

Ten Steps Toward Full Inclusion

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.

Music Program Fundraising Tips

Music Program Fundraising Tips

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.

Creatively Preparing the Music Department Budget

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.