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My daughter is spending a beautiful fall Saturday working on a book report.

She managed to finish the book a couple of days ago. The assignment is due Monday. She’s busy all day Sunday, so she HAS to finish it today. Firm deadline.

God bless her, she’s knuckling down to get it done. Punctuated by the occasional break for an anime YouTube video or a few breaths of fresh, crisp fall air and a dose of vitamin D.

Watching her work reminds me of my own struggles with deadlines. I am a card-carrying procrastinator.

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Margaret Bauer of the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association

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On this podcast, I’m honored to introduce you to Margaret Bauer of PMEA.

margaret bauer of pmeaMargaret Bauer has served as executive director of the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association since 1996. Previously she was executive director of the Pennsylvania Library Association for 11 years. Her education includes an undergraduate degree in music education from Mansfield University, and two master’s degrees: one in music history from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and one in library science from State University of New York at Geneseo. Her passions are the arts, books, needlework of all types and golf. She is a member of the National Association for Music Education and past chair of the NAfME State Executives Council.

 

Margaret Bauer on music education advocacy

 

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Eugene Cantera of the Dallas School of Music

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Eugene Cantera of the Dallas School of Music:
Are You Making These Common Website Mistakes?

Eugene Cantera is a partner at the Dallas School of Music and a founding member of the dlp Music Program. He serves as the Director of Social Media for both organizations. He is a saxophonist but teaches many instruments and performs in the Dallas area in the rock and jazz genres. Eugene recently returned from an artist in residency at the Wilderness School in Adelaide, Australia where he taught and performed with several ensembles.

Eugene was kind enough to join me on this week’s podcast, where we talked about some tips & tricks to optimize your website and social media. A large percentage of the Dallas School of Music’s clientele is online, so they’ve developed some serious digital chops along the way.

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Band kids are the BEST.

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I’ve long had a sneaking suspicion that band kids are the best. Honestly, there’s just something extra awesome about these kids. This week, a bit more evidence crossed my desk. I make my case in this episode.

Band kids are the BEST. Here’s why:

Del Valle High School student’s wish granted

Band students save teacher’s life

What Everybody Ought to Know About Band

18 Lessons Marching Band Teaches Our Kids: A Parent’s Perspective

Two Million Reasons Why Marching Band Kids Are So Responsible

 

Other resources

About Tim Lautzenheiser

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Music Community Answering the Call of the #BeyondTheBubblesChallenge

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Bands of America Regional Championships and Grand National Championships

The National Association of Music Parents

 

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Apple recap + Carolina kicker shoves HS band member

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In this episode, I recap the Apple live event unveiling the iPhone 6 and the Apple Watch, and discuss what impact they could have on music parents and booster organizations. Could the new Apple Pay system be used for and by music booster groups?

Check out these links for more details:

Apple event in 90 seconds via Mashable

Carolina Panthers kicker Graham Gano “moves” Marquel Ballard, the freshman trombonist for Bethune-Cookman High School

I also cover “the day the music died:” when the kicker for the Carolina Panthers decided to begin his warm up before this high school marching band had left the field.

http://ftw.usatoday.com/2014/09/graham-gano-marching-band-tampa-bay-bethune-cookman

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“The players tried to take the field…the marching band refused to yield…”

It all ended well, though. The kicker called the trombone player to apologize and hooked him up with tickets to an upcoming game.

No harm, no foul.

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Facebook Page Post Ideas for your Music Program

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Whether you’ve been running your Facebook page for hours or years, we could all use a bit of inspiration every once in a while. So quit racking your brain for a bit, and check out some of these ideas.

Facebook Pages are considered inbound marketing (aka permission marketing, aka content marketing). That means that we have to get fans to opt in (by liking our Page) to hear our message. If all we ever do is sell, no one will want to listen to what we have to say. So we need to give people a reason to stick around. We do that by providing value.

There are three main ways we can offer value through posts on our Facebook Page.

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Reactions to News about The Ohio State University Band

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Ohio State University Band Updates (October 10, 2014):

Ohio State’s fired band director got more support

Ohio State pays at least $885 an hour for 2nd band investigation; questions remain about firms involved

 

Ohio State University Band Updates (August 28, 2014):

Music publishers are reportedly denying performance rights to the OSU Marching Band.

The director is still trying to get his job back.

The Newark Advocate came out with an editorial basically saying that we’d better get used to this new normal, because Title IX is NOT messing around.

OSU’s former Title IX coordinator came out saying that both the university and Mr. Waters could have handled things better. She was not involved in the probe because she left before it began, in large part because the university tied her hands so that she could not do her job effectively. Read about it here and here.

 

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In this episode of the Promoting Your Music Program podcast, we try a new roundtable format as we discuss a recent headline from the band world: namely, the recent firing of Jonathan Waters, the director of The Ohio State University Marching Band.

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Warning: Education “Reform” is Pushing Our Best Educators Out of the Classroom

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Donna Williams Browning recently read my article on my concerns surrounding education reform. She reached out to me via email, and graciously agreed to supply a guest post. I think you may find her experience all too familiar.

I’d love to hear your take on education reform. What does it look like from where you are?

We have to improve our standardized test scores.

That’s what teachers hear repeatedly in public schools today. Enough times that eventually you begin to groan at yet another training session. Formative assessment, differentiation, test and retest so our AYP shows results. It has become the entire focus of the school year.

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David Vandewalker, author of Boosters to the Rescue!

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Before I recorded this interview with the amazing David Vandewalker, I’d participated in the first half of the Music for All Parent/Booster Institute. It was a hugely valuable experience, and I am so glad that he agreed to sit down with me over our lunch break. The rest of the day was packed with awesome, as well. If you ever get a chance to attend one of David Vandewalker’s sessions, RUN—don’t walk.

In this interview, I feel like we barely scratched the surface, so I hope this interview will be the first of many. Let me know what you think in the comments below!

David VandewalkerDavid Vandewalker is the assistant director of bands at Georgia State University, where his primary responsibilities include conducting the University Band, teaching the Marching Band and directing the Basketball Pep Band.  He is also the music director and conductor of the Metro Atlanta Youth Wind Ensemble (MAYWE), hosted at Georgia State University.

Prior to his appointment at GSU, Mr. Vandewalker taught for 23 years in both middle and high school settings in Texas and Georgia. As a 2006 recipient of the Sousa Foundation’sSudler Flag of Honor,” the Harrison Band (GA) program, under his leadership, was distinguished as one of the strongest, respected, and well-rounded band programs in the United States.

Mr. Vandewalker is the author of the recently published Strategic Plans for a Successful Booster Club and Foundations for a Successful Booster Club Workbook, as well as Boosters to the Rescue101 Ways to Harmonize the Madness for Music EducatorsFoundations for Wind Band Clarity, Foundations for Wind Band Clarity Instructional DVD, and Everyday Stuff Every Director Needs to Know: A Quick Start Guide published by Vision Publications.

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