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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

 

John Gallagher NYSSMA perform

 

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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Wellness for Music Educators: Gary Doherty and Bruce Faske

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This episode explores the importance of wellness for music educators. A continuation of my earlier conversation with him, it seems Gary Doherty still has a few things to left to teach to former student Bruce Faske—and to the rest of us!

MME Gary Bruce MEwell

If you’re interested in joining us on our journey, or even just following along, check out the hashtag #MEwell.

 

William Gary Doherty

williamdohertyprimary1_thumbAn eclectic adventurer, William Gary Doherty brings a lifetime of Irish storytelling to everything he writes. With degrees in Music, Educational Administration and Educational Leadership Will brandishes a style of teaching that is provocative, creative, and utterly state of the art for the world in which we live. In addition to careers as a professional bassoonist and educator, Will is also a certified craft mixologist and wine specialist. His recent book, Wine 101 has been used by hospitality professionals to train staff, guests, and management in the basics of wine and slow-food hospitality. He has presented lectures and workshops for professionals in the United States, Central & South America, Europe, Asia and Africa. In The Ignition Point: Striking the Match, readers are introduced to the power of shaping one’s destiny by retaking individual responsibility for our personal, professional, and spiritual health.

 

Bruce Faske

bruce faskeBruce Faske is Artist Instructor of Trombone at Arkansas State University, where he teaches applied trombone lessons, conducts trombone choir, and performs with the Arkansas State Faculty Brass Quintet. He is also first trombone of the newly formed Diamond Brass Band of Northeast Arkansas, and second trombonist with the Missouri Symphony Orchestra in Columbia, MO. Prior to ASU, he served as Adjunct Instructor of Trombone and Euphonium at Southeastern Oklahoma State University, and maintained a large private trombone studio in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex. In addition to teaching in higher education, he is also interested in the development of younger trombonists, particularly the mastery of teaching beginner students in the first year of study. Faske has performed with numerous ensembles including the Dallas Opera, San Antonio Symphony, Tuscaloosa Symphony, Waco Symphony, the Lone Star Wind Orchestra, and fellowships with the Festival Institute at Round Top (2008) and the National Music Festival at Washington College in Chestertown, MD (2012). In 2011 and 2013, he was a Participant in the Alessi Seminar, a week long international workshop led by Joseph Alessi, Principal Trombonist of the New York Philharmonic.

Faske has given solo recitals at Ouachita Baptist University and Colorado State University, and has performed as soloist at the 45th Annual Festival of New Music at Ball State University, with the Southeastern Symphonic Winds at the 2014 Southeastern Oklahoma Band Directors Association Clinic, the University of Alabama Wind Ensemble at the 2013 Alabama All State Festival, the University of West Georgia Brass Ensemble, the Texas State University Concert Band, and numerous public school bands. In addition, he was a semi-finalist in the 2006 U.S. Army Band’s Eastern Trombone Workshop National Solo Competition. His teachers include Jonathan Whitaker, Brent Phillips, Jimmy Clark, John McCroskey, Joseph Cox, Don Lucas, and Larry Campbell. Bruce Faske is a proud Artist for the Edwards Instrument Company.

Wellness for Music Educators: On this episode…

0:04:40 Why Bruce teaches
0:06:30 How a healthy lifestyle makes Bruce a better educator
0:08:24 Gary: “Do less, do better.”
0:10:02 “We are just using athletes using highly developed fine motor skills.…everything I do that makes me a better athlete makes me a better performing artist.”
0:11:43 Gary: Music education programs at universities give only a “gratuitous nod” to wellness
0:13:10 Why Bruce’s new daily routine begins before he goes to bed
0:14:33 Bruce’s morning ritual
0:15:28 How Bruce handles busy days & recharges his batteries
0:17:24 How Bruce approached building new healthy habits
0:21:18 Gary: The importance of a SUSTAINABLE workout routine
0:22:47 The importance of marketing to yourself
0:24:37 Change your mornings, change your life
0:25:48 Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod
0:26:07 The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg
0:26:45 Bruce’s biggest reward
0:30:09 Gary on self-compassion
0:30:42 Gary’s rewards for himself (Almond Dream)
0:34:20 Positive self-talk
0:39:42 Gary: Highlighting the positive in a performance setting
0:41:48 Adding a layer of wellness to university music education degrees
0:46:22 Bruce: Personally ask students how they’re doing
0:50:32 Practical tips: how to get started
0:51:05 The most important thing we have to face
0:53:33 Get outside
0:55:24 How to find Gary’s book
0:56:17 Bruce at the Missouri Symphony Orchestra
1:01:52 The fear kicks in
1:02:11 What happens when you have a big heart

 

Resources

Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod (affiliate link)

The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business
by Charles Duhigg (affiliate link)

ALMOND DREAM® Frozen Non-Dairy Desserts

How To Improve Self-Esteem: A New Secret From Research by Eric Barker

Split Image by Kate Fagan: the story of a collegiate athlete who committed suicide

Ignition Point: Striking the Match

Missouri Symphony Orchestra

Arkansas State University

FaskeMusic.com

Stand Up! app

What You Can When You Can: Healthy Living on Your Terms

Simple Green Smoothies (you HAVE to follow their Instagram account!)—their next 30 day challenge begins July 1!

How NOT to Celebrate Music In Our Schools Month

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 bless your heart

Bless your heart.

The Texas Classroom Teachers’ Association TRIED to help celebrate Music In Our Schools month (MIOSM).

It just didn’t quite work.

Here is the story of the MIOSM Sax Fail of 2015.

 

The post

miosm sax no mouthpiece

Whoever was tasked with sourcing that image for MIOSM was clearly never a band kid. Nor was the either stock photography site, the photographer, nor the model.

For the record, the sax is missing its mouthpiece and neck strap altogether, and her hands are holding the instrument incorrectly.

Ouch.

A few people noticed, apparently, and down came the post.

TCTA apology screenshot clean

 

The response

Imgurians were largely amused.

Facebook took it more seriously. (Most of them, anyway.)

trumpasax comment

As you can see, some of the replies by teachers are borderline vitriolic. And really, it was a mistake that got fixed (arguably—some commenters feel that a new, correct image should be posted in support of Music in Our Schools month).

So why all the venom toward the Texas Classroom Teachers’ Association?

Perhaps it all boils down to disrespect.

Teaching, as a profession, is not well respected in our current political climate. Music educators are respected even less. Programs are getting slashed.

The unenlightened feel that music isn’t a “real” or an “important” school subject, that kids enrolled in music are “just having fun,” which of course they should be doing on their OWN time, not on the taxpayers’ dime.

Music educators have to fight these biases and misinformation EVERY DAY. And to have an organization—whose sole purpose is to support educators—post an image that propagates music education illiteracy? It’s too much.

It’s not fair that music education has to advocate so ardently for their existence, in a way that math or English never will. An image like this practically advocates AGAINST music education.

I think THAT’S why this makes music educators so mad. It makes a mockery of their life’s work.

 

How to avoid—or handle—a situation like this

As a social media manager, I’ve been in the same shoes as the unfortunate TCTA admin who created and originally posted the image. It’s not fun.

If you see something off about a social media post, privately message the account and let the admin know. They’ll be so grateful that you did. Try to be gracious about it—there’s enough hate on the internet already.

If you’re the one posting the offending content, time is of the essence. Where possible, react quickly and apologize.  Make it right to the best of your ability.

To TCTA’s credit, they’re not deleting negative comments. Deleting comments just escalates things. You look like you’re not willing to acknowledge your mistake, and commenters feel they’re not being heard. That makes them want to step up their efforts and let more people know not just about the original offense, but your disappointing response to it.

 For more on handling a social media meltdown, read this and this.

Mistakes happen. We can turn them into teachable moments, like the music educator who posted the unfortunate saxophone image on a bulletin board, and invited his students to find “What’s Wrong With This Picture?”

We’ll laugh about this one day, TCTA. I promise.

Jacksonville State University celebrates Music in Our Schools Month.

Jacksonville State University celebrates Music in Our Schools Month.

 

Want to sound off about this? I’d love to hear what you have to say!

 

miosm sax fail