We’re two weeks out of Music in Our Schools Month, and I’m guessing that your school still has music in it. Am I right? I knew it!
Though we have a month to dedicate to our love of music education, we are in the business of acknowledging the importance of music education during EVERY month of the year. I have loved seeing so many students posting their show choir competition photos on Instagram during the past couple months. And special shoutout to my music teacher friends for your amazing posts on Facebook about your passion and love for your job. The world needs more people like you, and I am so excited to follow your journey of leading the next generation of music students. As we close out #MIOSM, I want to offer a few suggestions for how you can continue sharing your love of music ed in the months after March.
POST, POST, POST!
Social media is powerful, so why not fill it with positivity? As I mentioned, I have several friends in the music education field, and their social media posts are a constant reminder of the power of music in people’s lives. Post about your upcoming concerts. Post about a great moment you had in class that day. Post about your favorite parts of your job. The more that people see the positive influence that your work has on the world, the more likely they are to support the arts. So keep on spreading the music education love!
ENGAGE WITH OTHERS.
Chances are you have friends outside the music community. Invite them to your concerts! Or share your love of your job with them. As a music educator, you have a tough but very rewarding job, and you get the opportunity to see the direct impact of your work every single day. There are very few fields that offer that “fruit” so to speak, and you can share the importance of the arts with your friends who don’t get to experience it every day like you do.
KEEP LOVING YOUR ART FORM.
Are you a choir teacher whose journey began with a love of singing? Sing. Are you an orchestra director whose love of music began with playing the viola? Practice the viola. To feed passion to others, you must feed your own passion. And the best way to do that is to go back to the root of where your passion began. As a singer, I reignite my passion most effectively by singing the music that kickstarted my love: church music and show tunes. If you’re having trouble remembering why you got into this crazy business in the first place, go back to where it all began.
You can spread the love of music more by LOVING MUSIC MORE.
Hats off you to, music educators, for the hard work and love you put into your career each and every day. You have a tough job that can be very challenging and stressful at times, and I know that it’s not always easy to remember why you’re doing what you’re doing. But know that you make an impact, and you have been given the opportunity to bring joy and positivity into the world by sharing music education with others. We’ve just celebrated 31 days of music in our schools… but the world needs music 365 days a year. And you are making that happen. Thank you.