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None of us could imagine a life without music. That’s why it is inconceivable to imagine a society that doesn’t embrace Music Education as being an essential part of schooling. Music teachers around the globe are suffering from tighter budgets, limited resources and some even have had their jobs eliminated. How can we, as a society, allow that to happen? Somehow, it HAS happened and here we are.

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Here is a challenge I call "Music in a Day": ...

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In short, it’s a way to outfit your classroom with the supplies you need through crowdsourcing. Intrepid teachers can fund their music programs by joining DonorsChoose.org for FREE. They are a non-profit with the sole concern of funding your classroom. Teachers are able to post a project (starting with a maximum of $800) and pre-select how the money will be spent through the vast array of retailers and educational providers connected through their website. People are able to browse these projects by location, subject or theme and then decide how much they would like to donate. If the project requires $800...
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If a program is finding itself without a proper budget, there are some ways to counteract, rise above and fund aspects of the program. The first thing to do is to check the “Facilities Budget” of the school to see what it has been spent on in recent years. This is a line item of the overall budget reserved for expenses that benefit the whole school. For example, a piano to be placed in the school auditorium or on the school stage, can be purchased through a “Facilities Budget”. Other items such as PA systems, stage lights, amplifiers and other performance-based...
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If you are a general music teacher or the director of your school choir, orchestra or band in the elementary or middle school setting, there is a good chance you have been approached to do a school musical. At this level, we are wall beginners. A first year music teacher with no experience doing school musicals is equal to a veteran music teacher ALSO with no experience doing school musicals. This is empowering and humbling to both types of teachers!

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The most difficult part of tackling the project is that your regular school duties of teaching, rehearsing and performing with your ensembles must continue during the process of putting on the school musical. SO how do you manage the time? Fact is, there is no easy way. For some, it is best as a before school or after school activity. For others, they may be able to squeeze in rehearsal time during the school day. However you find the time, make no mistake, this will be an undertaking...

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Teaching guitar is a rewarding way to reach many students and teach music.  The guitar is a cool instrument that can be used in every style of music and kids know this and want to learn! Teaching guitar is a great way to engage students that wouldn’t normally participate in traditional music ensembles and fosters true lifelong music making! According to veteran guitar educator Glen McCarthy, “in general the students that sign up for guitar are not taking away from Band, Orchestra, and Chorus.” Additionally, teaching guitar can lead to exciting ensemble experiences as well and we want to look at...
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