5 Innovative Ideas to Retain Beginning Music Students

5 Innovative Ideas to Retain Beginning Music Students

As orchestra, choir, and band directors, one of our biggest fears is that our programs will eventually disappear because of attrition. Yet we know that every year, a large number of kids register and participate in beginning ensembles. Clearly, the solution is to retain those beginners and keep them in the fold through their middle and high school careers.

But how?

Meet veteran educator Marcia Neel. Marcia has a life-long commitment to program expansion and innovation. In this archived webinar, she shares proven strategies to retain music students and keep them interested in music.

Learn How to Better Retain Beginning Music Students:



A veteran of 36 years in public school music education, Marcia Neel has directed successful secondary music programs in Connecticut, Ohio, Massachusetts, and Nevada. Marcia is the lead author of ¡Simplemente Mariachi!, an instrumental and vocal method series. She has also authored and edited an array of articles and publications and is an in-demand conference presenter.

Marcia has served as Western Division President of MENC; President of the Nevada Music Educators Association (two separate terms); and President of the Nevada Choral Directors Association. The Disney Channel has selected Marcia as their National Performing Arts Teacher of the Year and she has been inducted into the Conn-Selmer Institute’s Hall of Fame.

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