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.

Steps to Success in Communicating Goals and Accomplishments


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.

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.

Champions of Change...

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.

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. Administrators need your help in making the music program successful. It is the job of the music educator to provide administrators with everything they need to know to be an advocate for the...

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.


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.

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: 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.

This section of the NAMM Foundation Web Site has been designed to provide instrumental music teachers with materials, tips, tools and resources to support their goal of recruiting and retaining students.

Tips for Success will help answer a range of questions, from how to prepare an instrument replacement plan to how to expand the learning power of music. These tips are complemented by short videos and will enhance the user’s experience.

This Web Site section also features products that teachers can order or download for use in their classrooms. Sample marketing letters, actions that help retain students and information on how to get parents involved are all provided in the Practical Guide for Recruitment and Retention.

The future of our music education landscape continues to warrant the proactive efforts of everyone. The Music Achievement Council has once again come to the forefront with their latest-greatest edition of Tips for Success. Let us all pledge our heartfelt efforts-and-energies to the most positive, beneficial music making opportunities for today's young artists who are destined to be tomorrow's leaders by incorporating this priceless blueprint-for-success in our ongoing music advocacy outreach.

Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser, Clinician, Guest Speaker, Music Advocate