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John Gallagher NYSSMA

Dr. John Gallagher of NYSSMA

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I first found Dr. John Gallagher and NYSSMA on Twitter a couple of years ago. They linked to something called a “Swiss cheese” press release. I clicked the link and found not only a treasure trove of templates for public relations—all tailored specifically for music education programs—but tumbled down a deep rabbit hole of online resources all designed to help you market music education right in your own community.

I’m so glad John was able to join me on the podcast! Here are a few of the topics we touch on in this episode:

  • What is a “Swiss Cheese” news release?
  • What’s the best way to advocate for your program?
  • The importance of engaging your community
  • How to get your music program covered by local news outlets
  • Lessons from failed attempts to organize a booster group
  • The legality of using students’ images to promote your music program
  • Great advice from a retired superintendent to battle burnout
  • A few “out-of-the-box” fundraiser ideas
  • The one thing that John says will improve your music program

 

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Resources from this episode

NYSSMA Swiss cheese news releases

NYSSMA on Twitter

Email Dr. Gallagher

Why Music? PSAs for Music in Our Schools Month from NAfME

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MME Donna Schwartz 2

Donna Schwartz, part 2

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donna schwartzThis week I continue my conversation with Donna Schwartz of Music Teachers’ Resource Guide. We talk about her two masters degrees and whether she’d do it all again, why she believes music education in our schools is so vulnerable, and her two biggest goals.

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Donna Schwartz

Donna Schwartz, part 1

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donna schwartzDonna Schwartz of Music Teachers’ Resource Guide joined me for a great, passionate conversation about the importance of music education. In this episode, we cover:

  • How Donna got into music education
  • Why she got out of music education, and how her side trip helped her
  • Why Donna left New York for California
  • Why this music educator will never stop educating herself
  • How students learn music, and why and how they should learn it differently
  • How learning music is like learning a foreign language

Be sure to listen to the second part of our conversation here!

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Joe Beard: The Marching Podcast (part 2)

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Joe Beard of The Marching Podcast joins me on this show, the second in a two-part series. His podcast (which you should go download!) focuses on the marching arts within the world of Historically Black Colleges and Universities. In this episode, we talk about some of the things you learn in marching band that have nothing to do with music, circle BACK to the political brouhaha that was marriage equality in Indiana, where to find videos of awesome HBCU bands, how to get people excited about band, and why music education makes a difference even if you have no plans to continue professionally.
Be sure to listen in to part one of our conversation here!

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MME Joe Beard twitter

Joe Beard: The Marching Podcast (part 1)

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Joe Beard of The Marching Podcast joins me on this show, the first in a two-part series. His podcast focuses on the marching arts within the world of Historically Black Colleges and Universities. HBCU bands have their own distinctive show style, and Joe gives us a great primer on where to start with HBCU bands. We also talk about HBCU students’ participation in drum corps, touch on the political brouhaha that was marriage equality in Indiana, and why keeping music in schools is so important.
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Tim Hinton MME

Tim Hinton

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In this episode of Marketing Music Education, I speak with Tim Hinton. He is one of the hosts of the Marching Roundtable podcast, which I’ve listened to and enjoyed for years. Hi background as an educator is readily apparent, as he schools me about the benefits of hiring an arranger, the pitfalls of burnout, and the need to educate not just marching arts judges, but the entire marching arts community—and beyond!

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Practice slowly to learn fast!

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If you want to learn something quickly, practice that thing S-L-O-W-L-Y. Because your brain is like a fresh snowdrift.

Obviously.

Listen to find out why musicians should practice slowly.

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Christopher Bill

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In my travels to Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic in December, I sat in on a session presented by Christopher Bill, a YouTube artist who recently hit it big with his cover of Pharrell WilliamsHappy. He agreed to talk with me about his background, how he approached his college education and why he wouldn’t recommend it, and working as a musician in the 21st century.

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Marc Whitt

Marc Whitt of the Association of Music Parents

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About Marc Whitt

Marc WhittFor 32 years, Marc Whitt has devoted his professional career to nonprofit public relations and marketing, and has long been an active advocate for education, economic development and the performing arts.

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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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