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.

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.
April 2024 Teaching Music

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August 23, 2022


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April 2024 Teaching Music
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