Featured Story – “Concerts! Grades! Conferences! Oh My! Making December Less Stressful” The holidays are an extremely busy time for music teachers, especially those in their first year of teaching. While everyone else is firming up their holiday vacation plans, music teachers are thinking, “Concerts! Grades! Conferences! Oh my!” New teachers who are experiencing their first “December Rush” might be overwhelmed with all of the obligations on their plate. The Slow Day List When things get hectic, it’s easy to catch yourself saying, “Why in the world didn’t I do (such-in-such) sooner!” As you run across those things, write them down on your Slow Day List. This is where you keep track of tasks that are adding to your stress in a hectic month that could have been completed at a less-busy time. If you don’t write these things down now, you’ll never remember them when you need to and you’ll end up with the same pile of stress next year. Here are a few things you might add to your Slow Day List: 1. Ask for Help Performances are a lot of work, especially if you’re trying to organize all of the logistics yourself. Next time, line up a few people to help you a month or two in advance. These could be colleagues, parents, friends, or even students. That way, you’re not scrambling to find help at the last minute. 2. Learn Your Software The time to realize you don’t know how to use your school’s grading software is not the day before grades are due. Ask a district tech person to give you a quick tutorial mid-semester so you won’t sit on hold with everyone else right before the deadline. 3. Spread Out The Work If you realize that having a field trip, performance, and fundraiser in the same week is too much, make a note to spread out those events next year. As time passes, you’ll forget how stressful it was and end up doing it again. Instead, plan in advance to have one of those events at a different time so you don’t end up with more than you can handle. There will always be some months that are more hectic and stressful than others. However, with a little advanced planning, you can learn from experience and make the next year a little less painful. Emily Schwartz is a Faculty Associate at Arizona State University and author of the book “Life in Cut Time: Time Management for Music Teachers” available on Amazon.com.
Last Call! Collegiate Chapter of Excellence Entries Due December 17 Tell us about your successful chapter Music programs, Professional Development, Recruitment, and Service projects by December 17 to be considered for a NAfME Collegiate Chapter of Excellence Award. Submit a Chapter of Excellence Application for each chapter activity to be considered. Activities completed between January 1, 2012 and the Chapter of Excellence deadline of December 17, 2012 are eligible for Chapter of Excellence Recognition. A committee made up of sitting NAfME Collegiate National and Divisional chairs will select the Chapter of Excellence entries to be recognized. Applications and more information located at http://musiced.nafme.org/collegiate/collegiate-recognition-program/.
Chapter of Excellence Categories: • Music Program – A musical performance organized and/or presented by the chapter • Professional Development – A project organized and/or presented by the chapter to further the professional development of its members • Recruitment Technique – Successful technique to recruit students to join the chapter • Service – A project organized and/or presented by the chapter to benefit school or community music programs or activities
Music learning should be a part of the education of every young person, not just the privileged few. Give a Note Foundation has a goal of raising $1 million to help spread the joy of music study to underfunded and underserved areas of the United States. Each year from 2013 to 2016, we’re asking every NAfME Collegiate chapter to raise at least $200 toward this goal. Help us share the wealth that music education brings to those whose lives it touches. The Give a Note Foundation Fundraising Toolkit, found online at http://giveanote.nafme.org/toolkit/ can help your NAfME Collegiate chapter get things rolling. All elements in the toolkit are downloadable and printable. Questions about the campaign can be directed to Jennifer Gray Schleining at 571-323-5957 or JenniferS@giveanote.org. If you’d like to make a tax-deductible contribution, go to www.nafme.org and click on the “Donate” tab on the top banner. Or, go to https://giveanote.nafme.org/donate.
Between December 1st and January 31st, NAfME is collecting stories about the accomplishments and positive effects of music educators and programs over the years and around the country. These stories can tell of the influence of gifted music educators in and out of the music classroom, how discipline is developed through preparation for performances and competitions, the joy of teamwork as ensembles reach shared goals, to community service through music performance —anything that shows the value of musical engagement and learning. In February and March, NAfME will be working with state and national music education leaders to share these stories with incoming congressional members. How many stories will we collect? Email your story to firstname.lastname@example.org or by going to http://advocacy.nafme.org/share-your-story.
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