Music teachers are always aware of the impact that music education makes on their students- they see it everyday. However, does that mean everyone else in the local community always shares this opinion?
Sadly, the answer is often no.
The reality is that even if you’ve been teaching several years, students will still come to you after a lesson(or rehearsal) and tell you they can’t come next week because they have swimming, gymnastics, a family function or whatever!!
Now …thankfully this doesn’t happen all the time, but does it happen to you at least once in a while? Has it ever happened to you? Does it annoy you if it happens?
If you’re like most music teachers, the truthful answer is yes!
Now I know on the surface we’re calm and take it in our stride, but underneath that calm exterior do you ever think to yourself (perhaps with a few other choice words from time to time) something along the lines of – Why does music class have to be the one session to change? Why can they change family functions, sports or whatever it is that they’re going to first? Why don’t they value music?
The answer to fixing this never easy because it doesn’t just happen at the student level. Often parents can be overstretched with siblings, family commitments, work and other priorities.
So what is the answer?……
I believe the answer lies in communication and in education. Educating our community, our students and their parents about music and its importance is never going to be easy, however with time and commitment (something that every music teacher does loads of anyway), it can be done. Loads of teachers send out newsletters, have facebook or twitter accounts, hold parent interview evenings and even parent seminar evenings already. It is possible to make these events fun and educational to our communities while helping to fix these long term issues.
One way we can help with understanding is to share news from media.
Here are 5 top quotes from media articles, written by respected media sources which are advocating about the benefits of music. Feel free to share and add your favorites using the comment box below.
Just the beginning!
Over the years, we’ve found that another great way to get inspired about educating others is to talk to the “greats” in music education.
In just a few weeks time in July 2013, the Fun Music Company will be hosting its first “Virtual Conference”. This is where we’re going to talk to some of the best teachers and advocates in music education and you’ll hear advocacy tips, research and quotes straight from the “masters” in our industry. To find out more click here.
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