In June, Stephen McLendon, president of the Alabama Music Educators Association (AMEA), and other AMEA leaders discussed education policy at the office of U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions. Music educators can advocate for their music programs on the local level, too.
School is back in session, and many music educators spent the summer brushing up on music skills and teaching techniques. Keep the energy going by letting parents, school officials and other members of the community know just how great your music program is.
If you already do that, MENC also wants to hear from you — those music educators who advocate for their music programs. Share your success stories with us.
Did you make a great post-concert speech? Or organize student and parents for a spirited protest at a school board meeting? Talk to your principal about music concerns at your school?
Tell us what you did and we will share the stories with other music educators who may need some help “tooting their own horn.” Post your stories in the comment section below or e-mail Roz Fehr .
MENC offers a number of advocacy resources that will help music educators build bridges on the local level before music programs are threatened in the middle of a school year.
For more inspiration, read about a visit MENC leaders made to Capitol Hill in June.
—Roz Fehr, September 9, 2010 © MENC: The National Association for Music Education
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