Reply To: Preparing yourself to manage a music program.
I devote most of my book, Quick Reference for Band Directors to this starting with chapter two. The first thing you’ll need to do is come up with a five year plan for where you want your program to go and then determine what resources you’ll need. Develop a budget, organize a support system (boosters group), plan events by developing a calendar, etc. Once you’ve come up with a clear mission then you can work toward achieving specific goals. It all comes down to advance planning. My book is located in 120 college/university libraries so check your library. You can also get a discount from your NAfME membership should you desire your own copy. I give detailed plans. There’s really not much difference from starting a program and maintaining an existing one. The one advantage is having equipment and materials in an existing program. The webinar I did for eLearning is being archived so you’ll be able to listen to it for free with some of the strategies I detail in the book.