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Parents want the best for their children. That’s why the billion dollar industry of private education and professional tutoring has become such a profitable endeavor. But investing money in a child’s education doesn’t guarantee their success nor is such a gamble available to everyone. We know, in fact, it’s quite the opposite. The vast majority of people rely on public education to prepare their children for the world. And many parents move to and often find work in surrounding areas of those school districts they feel best educate their children. If this is indeed the case, wouldn’t we, as parents, want...
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A fact that shocked me in my early years as a music teacher in the public schools was that parents wanted to know what was happening in music class. I had been told in school that when parents sit around the dinner table and ask how the school day was, it only concerns ‘core subjects’. One day, a parent came to me and thanked me for the stories their child was sharing every night at dinner about what they heard and discovered in music class. She was happy that someone was able to make her son excited to go to school....
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Music education can create communities within school districts. This is an invaluable fact we should all embrace. But it begins with communities of music teachers working together. Teaching cohorts provide the professional support needed to identify and share best practices while empowering music educators with a feeling of community and security. It’s within these cohorts that teachers can identify needs, address budgeting concerns and band together for change creating an overall more positive experience. Our community provides inspirations for the individual music teacher to defend, advocate and secure their position, all of the information is exponentially more powerful when executed as...
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I was fortunate enough to work with Jim Sheeley, in Newark Public Schools, NJ. He became my Supervisor of Fine Arts when I was a music teacher for the district. As a boss, he entrusted his music teachers to know what was best for their students. This gave the communities freedom to have the type of musical offering that best served the children. There was no mandate, no requirement, no obligation. It was simply a charge to serve the family and students of the school through music. Now, he couldn’t make miracles happen so there were no windfalls of budgets or...
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While the average general music class may be driven by a text book, there are ways to increase interest and participation. Think about how many students currently receive or would like to start guitar lessons. The guitar is an instantly accessible instrument and it can be leveraged into a classroom ensemble. This doesn’t mean you have to start guitar lessons in class, it just means it may be time to consider adding the guitar to your music lesson plans. Another thing to consider adding to your music lesson plans are educational games. There are seemingly infinite options for this but you...
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