Supporting Music Education: Choose to Teach

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Becoming a music teacher can be an extremely rewarding and challenging career. If you love to make music and enjoy working with others, there is no better way to convey that passion than by sharing your knowledge and enthusiasm as a professional music educator.

“I try to always remember in the end that it’s about people, it’s about relationships, it’s about the positive affects you can have on kids,” said Kevin Cottrill. “[My students] in 20 years have affected me way more than I’ve affected them.”

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

“Seeing students become positive, productive contributions to society, I know I’ve done well. Just that they learn skills that they can take with them for the rest of their lives, that’s amazing and it takes a long time to get there. It’s not something that happens right away, but you have to be patient as an educator to see the fruits of your labor. When you do it’s incredible.” - Dorothy Jacobi

“This is my 33 year of teaching. Every day is something different. Every day is exciting, making music with the kids and seeing what they are capable of. In music there is only one right note. You can’t do whatever you want. You have to listen, and work together.” - Greg Snyder

“I didn’t think this was going to be a lifelong thing. Then about four or five years ago I really just started to love it. I love the kids. They are so much fun, they keep me young. They keep me fresh.” - Cheryl Filipek

“[This is] why I teach. I want the students to feel that you don’t need words to feel the same emotion that you can from music.” - Ryan Arp

 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.

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