Fundraising is a necessary “evil,” required for most of our programs to survive and flourish. Unfortunately, few music educators were also trained as accountants. Because sloppy accounting often looks very similar to mismanagement of funds, we all need to add careful data collection to the skills we use in the classroom each year.
Whether you’re just getting started in music education or are thinking about a new position, you likely have questions about getting a job. Depending on your situation, you may not even know how to get started on your job search.
In this episode, I speak with five educators with experience in the field.
Being a school music director involves so much more than teaching, assessing, and managing students. The tasks required to run a music program of any size can be daunting, and often, our preservice training doesn’t provide sufficient administrative background needed to navigate some of the biggest challenges of the job.
Many music educators can point to a specific mentor (or mentors) who made the idea of becoming a music educator seem like a real possibility to them. Encouraging students interested in music education, and providing them with related experiences, can be extremely rewarding. Not only can this encouragement produce very real long-term benefits to your program, it can play a significant role in shaping the future of a young person’s life.
Today’s featured content is William Ryden’s beautiful concert band arrangement of the French carol Jeanette, Isabella. This grade 1 piece is particularly well suited to middle school bands.
Click the play button below to hear a recording of Jeannette, Isabella and click on the cover to follow along in the score.
Parents are as unique as students – and teachers. Many are very invested. Some won’t attend a single concert all year. Much of this depends on the individual, but both the culture of your school and your communication with parents can play a role in shaping the quality and frequency of their interaction.
Whether you’re a techie or not, you can’t help but be amazed by the wave of innovation that is transforming our lives. Artificial intelligence, advanced analytics, and the inter-webs (that’s a super-technical term) are changing the way we think and live.
Computers, with no help from humans, can now schedule appointments, order groceries, make movie recommendations, monitor your home and unlock your front door.
Last week I had the pleasure of attending the 2017 NAfME National In-service Conference. It was the experience of a lifetime. I had a blast meeting educators, talking about burnout (thanks everyone who attended my session), and hearing students make music.
Conferences are one of the best ways for us to challenge ourselves as educators.