Resources for Educators

Tips For Success (Brought to you by the Music Achievement Council)

  • Telling the Story: What Research Shows

    Learning in the Arts and Student Academic and Social Development finds that the arts provide critical links for students to develop crucial thinking skills and motivations they need to achieve at higher levels.

  • Telling the Story: Music Impacts Learning and Way of Life

    Champions of Change indicates music study improved students’ success in math. A new report compiling the results of seven major studies provides important new evidence of enhanced learning and achievement when the arts are an integral part of the educational experience, both in and out of America’s K–12 schools.

  • The Business Side of Teaching School Music: Maximizing Fiscal Opportunities

    Whether you are a supervisor or a one-person music program, money is the fuel that keeps the program going. Try incorporating these strategies and procedures to maximize your fiscal resources.

  • Telling the Story: Great Ways to Get Your Message Out

    Regularly scheduled arts events open doors to community education. Concert audiences appreciate informative printed program notes or a presentation offering information about the particular compositions to be performed.

  • The Business Side of Teaching School Music: Preparing an Instrument Replacement Plan

    4 Steps to Preparing a Proposal for Your Principal, Superintendent and Board of Education for Equipment Purchase or Lease:

  • The Business Side of Teaching School Music: Fiscal Procedures

    Each school district has specific procedures that directors follow in order to conduct business. The best time to check on these procedures is during your job interview. Review these procedures with your administration once you have started your new job.

  • The Business Side of Teaching School Music: Working with Administrators

    Instrumental teachers have a keen interest in professional development—studying conducting, instructional techniques, ensemble development and literature. Despite this commitment to professional growth, the thrill of having an outstanding ensemble eludes many directors.

  • The Business Side of Teaching School Music: Choosing a Music Dealer

    Instrumental music directors and parents should know that one of the strongest supporters of school music programs has been and continues to be the local full-service, school-oriented music dealer. Direct-mail and Internet retailers usually trade on price and do not offer service or indepth concern for the local school programs or community.

  • Telling the Story: Advocating for Music

    A majority of those outside the fields of music and the arts do not understand the whys or the hows concerning the process of arts education. Provided with a clear understanding of those whys and hows, and supported by quality arts education in practice, people begin to realize the value of music and arts education.

  • Focusing on the Classroom: A Checklist for Teachers

    What does a music teacher do? They teach classes, share their love of music with students.

  • Focusing on the Classroom: Music Content Standards

    The National Standards for Arts Education constitute one of the biggest educational reform efforts ever undertaken in American education.

  • Supporting Music Education: Work with the Best!

    Teaching is a people business. Identifying and hiring the best-prepared and motivated candidates for a position is the most important thing we can do for our students, our programs and ourselves. A thorough hiring process, one that reflects the care and concern you and your administration have for your program, is to everyone’s benefit.

  • Supporting Music Education: Concert Thoughts

    Too many excellent presentations are tainted by failure to take care of the many details of a production. We must take full advantage of the opportunities awaiting our students. The concert is our students’ opportunity to show their parents or community audiences what they can do.

  • Focusing on the Classroom: Know the Territory

    The following information has been adapted for Music Achievment Council from The MENC Teacher’s Guide for Advocacy.

  • Supporting Music Education: Audience Guidelines

    Becoming a discerning, supportive and knowledgeable audience member is an important part of a student’s education. Successful audience participation requires skill, discretion, common sense, discipline and a bit of knowledge.

    You have worked very hard to prepare your students to perform in concert. One final step remains: It is also essential that you set a high expectation for audience behavior and appropriate participation.

  • Supporting Music Education: Expanding the Learning Power of Music

    The contemporary student comes to the classroom with a sophisticated knowledge of computers. It is vital that we creatively approach and utilize the application of available technology to engage students and enhance learning. Multimedia learning provides teachers, including music teachers, the opportunity to be at the core of communications.

  • Supporting Music Education: Choose to Teach

    How do you know if you want to become a music teacher? Some students just know and others make that decision when considering career options. For many students, sharing the joy of music becomes their passion.

  • Supporting Music Education: The Art of Teaching

    The following examples, offered by one of America’s foremost music educators, provide guidance and affirmation of the roles and responsibilities we as music educators all must possess, model and promote. Reflections on the Cutting Edge of Teaching: Where Teacher Meets the Pupil captures the heart of teaching.

  • Telling the Story: Communicating with Your Community

    To better inform the community about the purpose, structure and achievements of the school’s music program, provide an annual written report to the appropriate supervisor and, with permission, to parents and the community.

  • Supporting Music Education: Critical Factors for a Successful Program

    If you are looking to maintain, build or expand your music program, Gaining the Arts Advantage: Lessons from Schools that Value Arts Education examines 13 critical factors that influence successful arts programs. Consider the following factors as a self-assessment and analyze the extent to which the following critical factors are present in your school district.

  • Focusing on the Classroom: Recruiting and Retaining Students

    Among the reasons offered by parents and youngsters for NOT participating in music are a failure to be told about the nature and benefits of ensemble participation; lack of information about costs and available instrument rental plans; and concern over the amount of time that must be devoted in order to participate successfully.

  • Telling the Story: What Administrators Can Do

    Your administrative team—principal and superintendent—allocate time and resources for instruction. Their support is critical to developing a climate in which your arts program can grow.

  • Supporting Music Education: Helping Teachers Succeed

    Mentoring is a powerful approach to help new teachers be successful in their first years of teaching. The strength of the program lies in the support and assistance of the trained mentors—colleagues of the new teachers who have a wealth of experience, skills and resources to provide support.

  • Telling the Story: Proactive is Better than Reactive

    With the reduction of funding for educational programs on many levels, andwith the unprecedented pressures put on schools, districts and states by the No Child Left Behind Act, responsibility for retaining arts programs rests with every arts educator, every parent and all community members.