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State of the Music Program

Give a State of the Music Program Address

Tonight, America prepares to receive the State of the Union address. Both houses of Congress attend, and the speech is broadcast widely. There is much pomp and circumstance. I think our Executive Branch may be onto something. They’re being proactive about spreading their message, not reactive. Think about that, and then consider how we might adapt that idea for music education.

I’d like to propose a “State of the Music Program” address. Once a year, a representative of the music or fine arts department prepares a written (and oral) report and reserves time to present the report to the school board.

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Season 1 Finale of Promoting Your Music Program

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This episode of Promoting Your Music Program will be the last for this season. For forever and ever, really.

That’s because when we come back after the holidays, the podcast will have a new name. To learn the details, join my email list here.

Also, I’ll be at Midwest Band & Orchestra Clinic December 17-20 at McCormick Place in Chicago. I’d love to meet up there: Email me!

In the meantime, check out some of my favorite clips from this season:

Erin Fortune, Senior Marketing Coordinator for Music for All

Fran Kick of Kick It In, MFA Summer Symposium Clinician

Seth Williams, Advocacy Coordinator for Music for All

David Vandewalker, author of Boosters to the Rescue!

Reactions to News about The Ohio State University Band with Lisa Salazar and Maria Dripps-Paulson

Facebook Page Post Ideas for your Music Program

Apple event recap + Carolina kicker shoves HS band member

Band kids are the BEST.

Eugene Cantera of the Dallas School of Music

Margaret Bauer of the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association

Education reform: Here’s why I care

Courtney Brandt: Young Adult Author

DJ Corchin of The 13th Chair

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DJ Corchin

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On this episode, I talk with DJ Corchin, also known as The 13th Chair Trombone Player. He’s a former band director turned prolific author whose works include poetry, children’s books, and even a musical. He’s just published the 3rd book in the Band Nerds series: Band Nerds Confessions and Confusion. He’s a regular columnist for both Marching.com and the Association of Music Parents.

Enter to win a digital iBooks copy of Band Nerds Confessions and Confusion!

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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.

 

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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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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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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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Seth Williams, Advocacy Coordinator for Music for All

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On today’s podcast, I sit down with Seth Williams of Music for All. Well, he WAS with Music for All when we talked, anyway—now he’s attending law school!

seth williamsSeth Williams is the former Advocacy Coordinator for Music for All. Seth has been involved with Music for All and its programs for nearly ten years – as a participant, volunteer, event staff, intern and full-time staffer. He recently relocated to Los Angeles, where he attends UCLA School of Law. Seth is an active advocate for music education and the arts. While at MFA, he curated advocacy content, represented Music for All in the state and national arts advocacy community and developed new advocacy and awareness initiatives for the organization.

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Fran Kick

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Joining me on the podcast today is Fran Kick. He is a renowned author and speaker who has spent time as a band director and in clinical psychology. Fran served on the leadership staff of the Music For All Summer Symposium last month, and that’s where we sat down to talk.

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