Focusing on the Classroom: Recruiting and Retaining Students

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It is important to recruit students to school music programs effectively, but it is even more important to keep students in the music program. The Gemeinhardt Report identifies that the No. 1 reason students leave a music program is the fear of failure. The best way to guarantee that students will remain committed to the program is to provide inspirational leadership in an exciting musical experience.

“I think the most important thing is for the high school director and the middle school director to trade places every now and then,’ said Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser. “The high school director [should] create a big brother big sister program.”

Watch Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser, Dr. Charles Menghini, and more, share their “Tips for Success.”

The Music Achievement Council is an action-oriented nonprofit enabling more students to begin and stay in instrumental music programs, to share real-world, successful strategies developed by instrumental music teachers. Further your understanding of what school administrator’s can do by watching these videos containing “Tips For Success,” brought to by The Music Achievement Council.

Sound Bites From The ‘Tips for Success’ Videos 

“You’re part of our family now. Every person wants to belong and feel worthwhile.” – Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser

“The best advice I can give people about retention is it’s a 365 day a year job. Retention doesn’t happen one week before enrollment. Retention happens all the time.” – Dr. Charles Menghini

The Music Achievement Council (MAC) is an action-oriented nonprofit organization sponsored by the National Association of School Music Dealers (NASMD) and NAMM, the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM). MAC is made up of three representatives from NASMD, three manufacturers and suppliers of Instrumental Music Products and one representative from NAMM. The council was formed in 1983 and reorganized in 1990, forming a nonprofit 501(c)(6) organization.