5 Ways to Support Your Music Program

Resources for Parents and Other Music Advocates

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Parents, your child’s music program matters to you! So how do you make sure it matters to your school’s administrators and district’s school board and other decision-makers? Your voice is powerful, and you can use it to promote the long-lasting benefits for all students—including your own.

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So, what can you do? Here are 5 ways you can support your music program:

  • Get involved in your music booster group and/or volunteer in the classroom. Your teachers have ideas, and you could be the answer.
  • Thank your school principal for supporting your child’s music program and music teacher. “Thank you” is not something they hear every day. And it shows you’re paying attention.
  • Write your local/national newspaper a letter-to-the-editor about what music has meant for your child. It only takes 80 to 100 words, but it can go a long way. Lawmakers and other decision-makers are keeping track of what constituents want.
  • Invite your school board members, county/district supervisors, state/national lawmakers to your child’s school concert. No, really! They may see it as only a public relations opportunity when they come, but when they leave, they’ll understand why music matters in all schools.
  • Reach out to local media. Whether on radio, TV, or in print, your school music program has a story to tell. See the “Public Relations 101” resource for advocates below for more ideas.

Here are more resources and ideas. Keep checking this page for updates.

Resources for Parents

Resources for Booster Groups

Resources for Advocates

Need more information or would like to submit your own ideas? Email questions to advocacy@nafme.org and article submission ideas to nafme@nafme.org for the Music in a Minuet blog.