Look around your music room. Is anything missing? If your students are sitting cross-legged on the floor amidst piles of music, there might be some things you need. Even if they’re not, every music room needs furniture items like chairs, music cabinets, podiums and more.
Traveling with your school ensemble can be a wonderful experience for your students and your program. It can help deepen the social ties within your ensemble and it can help grow your program. It is also a marvelous and fun way for the director to receive some important musical feedback and observations from exceptional clinicians and adjudicators—something that is usually missing during classroom observations.
A love of making music is ingrained in the culture of not only our nation, but the entire world. The evidence of that can be seen in our traditions, our media, and, perhaps in its purest form, in our schools. One need only spend a few minutes with an elementary band, orchestra, or choir to see the unadulterated joy created by music.
We all know music budgets are stretched thin. Did you know J.W.Pepper can help you? Here’s an idea passed along to us from one of our customers. On our website we have a section titled Music Lists (http://www.jwpepper.com/musiclists). With Pepper Music Lists you can create public or private lists for your students, colleagues, parents, congregations and supporters. Sometimes you want to share a list for someone to buy the right music for themselves, but one of our creative customers found a way to use our music lists to boost their group’s music library.
Consider creating a list of music on your wish list for your organization. What better place to start than with children’s groups and local community groups? Once an item is purchased you can type in a thank you online next to the title they donated. We also offer fundraising brochures and sample announcements online to urge your supporters to donate. The customer who came up with this idea also printed a special thank you to individuals and families who made donations to their concert program.
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