Program Health

Music teachers are unique individuals, but they often share a few common traits.
On May 26, 2021, the U.S. Department of Education released a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) on ESSER and GEER funds.
In less than three weeks, the Ralls County R-II School District in Center, Missouri, more than doubled its beginning band program.
Ever since I can remember, I have been writing music. I premiered my first real composition, entitled “The Mysterious Island,” when I was 8 years old.
In the summer of 2018, I began my tenure as the Director of Bands at Shelby County High School (SCHS) in Columbiana, Alabama.
Yes, you read the title of this article correctly — please proceed with caution because this topic may offend most music teachers.
When I started at St. Michael’s Catholic Academyin Austin, Texas, about 10 years ago, I was faced with two challenges: low student program participation and school size.
We can all agree that the conditions surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic have been challenging in ways no one could have anticipated. These circumstances have brought about new processes, new thoughts, new connections and new obstacles.
Many students dream of becoming performers, but because it is so highly competitive, that world can be brutal and disheartening.
Mirian Conti is part of the faculty of the Evening Division of The Juilliard School in New York City.

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