The
Advocate’s
 Plan: Saving and
         Building Music
        Programs for Life

         Dr. John L. Benham



       ...
The mission of education is
not TEACHING children –
it is children LEARNING
Advocacy Is …


. . . caring enough to put the
      STUDENT FIRST!
3 Keys to Success:
      1. The Procedure
      2. The Parents
      3. The Profession
1 Key to Success:
 st


      The Procedure


      Understanding the timeline and
      process by which decisions are
  ...
The Model District
       • The Community
       • The School Board
       • The Administration
       • The Educational C...
The Typical District
       • Administration & School Board
       • Teachers’ Union
       • Community Excluded



 Focus...
Making Decisions
  Decision Makers:
        • The Law • Normal Practice

  Decision Drivers:
        • Yearly Schedule • A...
Decision Driver:
 Schedule
     • Fall: Initial Budget Discussions
     • January: Registration (MS/HS)
         • First P...
Influencing Decisions

  • Get involved in the process

  • Proactive vs. Reactive involvement

  • Get organized
Remember . . .
                  PROCESS
                     IS
                  POLITICS!


“The decision belongs to th...
Seek Positive
  Reform

  Reform Means Change


     it does NOT guarantee
     improvement!
2 Key to Success:
 nd


      The Parents


      An organized Music Coalition is the
      most effective way for parents...
The Music Coalition
                                ORCHESTRA




                                EXECUTIVE               ...
The Music Coalition
    Teams:

    1. Communications
    2. Administrative Liaison
    3. Statistics and Finance
    4. P...
1. Communications
     Team:
   • Recruit/Activate Parent Support Groups

   • Develop & Maintain Mailing Lists

   • Esta...
2. Administrative
       Liaison Team:
  • Establish Lines of Communication with
    Administration
  • Acquire Knowledge ...
3. Statistics &
       Finance Team:
  • Maintain Statistical Data
  • Work with Administrative Liaison to Develop
   Prop...
4. Philosophy
   & Curriculum Team:
   • Assist in Development of District Music
    Philosophy & Policy
   • Assist in De...
3 Key to Success:
 rd


      The Profession


      Teachers and advocates need to work
      together for the benefit of...
Music Teachers
          ORCHESTRA




            MUSIC     BAND
  CHOIR   EDUCATION




           GENERAL
            M...
Music Curriculum
                CURRICULAR




                  MUSIC
                EDUCATION




 COCURRICULAR       ...
Music Curriculum
  Written, sequential teaching objectives
  with student outcomes that are . . .
              • Specific...
Crisis Management
  In any crisis . . . Identify the issues first!
                • Faculty Issues
                • Curr...
Target the Issues
Reform
                         Budget
                          Crisis




                  Hidden Cut...
The Financial Crisis
     Strategies for the most
     common school issue—


     Full Time
     Equivalent (FTE)
Average Student Loads Comparison (Music/non-music)
FTE    Classification                Classes x Students   Student
Load
...
Reverse Economics
5.2 FTE Cut
Projected savings - $156,000


                 4
                                          ...
Action Strategy
     Never suggest cuts or
     compromise!


     Make Impact
     Statements!
Where Do
 You Stand?
      • In Denial?

      • Helpless?

      • Apathetic?



  Be an Advocate!
For Assistance:
     Dr. John L. Benham
     Music In World Cultures, Inc.
     3900 Bethel Drive
     St. Paul, MN (USA) ...
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3.The Advocates Plan

  1. 1. The Advocate’s Plan: Saving and Building Music Programs for Life Dr. John L. Benham © Music In World Cultures, Inc., 1986, 2001, 2006
  2. 2. The mission of education is not TEACHING children – it is children LEARNING
  3. 3. Advocacy Is … . . . caring enough to put the STUDENT FIRST!
  4. 4. 3 Keys to Success: 1. The Procedure 2. The Parents 3. The Profession
  5. 5. 1 Key to Success: st The Procedure Understanding the timeline and process by which decisions are made in a school district.
  6. 6. The Model District • The Community • The School Board • The Administration • The Educational Community All collaborating to focus on student learning
  7. 7. The Typical District • Administration & School Board • Teachers’ Union • Community Excluded Focused on adult-centered issues such as money and power, with little or no community involvement
  8. 8. Making Decisions Decision Makers: • The Law • Normal Practice Decision Drivers: • Yearly Schedule • Adult Priorities • Student Issues
  9. 9. Decision Driver: Schedule • Fall: Initial Budget Discussions • January: Registration (MS/HS) • First Public Awareness • Excess Levy Votes • Threats vs. Promises (Surveys) • March: Pink Slips (Cuts) • June: Budget Decision Deadline • September: Program Reinstatement
  10. 10. Influencing Decisions • Get involved in the process • Proactive vs. Reactive involvement • Get organized
  11. 11. Remember . . . PROCESS IS POLITICS! “The decision belongs to those who show up!” Dr. Dennis R. Morrow
  12. 12. Seek Positive Reform Reform Means Change it does NOT guarantee improvement!
  13. 13. 2 Key to Success: nd The Parents An organized Music Coalition is the most effective way for parents to influence the decision-making process in the school district.
  14. 14. The Music Coalition ORCHESTRA EXECUTIVE BAND CHOIR COMMITTEE GENERAL MUSIC ALL SCHOOLS • ALL LEVELS • MUSIC TEACHERS • MUSIC COMMUNITY
  15. 15. The Music Coalition Teams: 1. Communications 2. Administrative Liaison 3. Statistics and Finance 4. Philosophy and Curriculum
  16. 16. 1. Communications Team: • Recruit/Activate Parent Support Groups • Develop & Maintain Mailing Lists • Establish Rapid-call Telephone Bank • Develop & Publish Music Newsletter • Use the Press to Inform and Educate
  17. 17. 2. Administrative Liaison Team: • Establish Lines of Communication with Administration • Acquire Knowledge of Administrative Proposals • Develop & Present Music Proposals • Representation at School Board Meetings • Recruit, Train, Support, & Elect School Board Members
  18. 18. 3. Statistics & Finance Team: • Maintain Statistical Data • Work with Administrative Liaison to Develop Proposals • Manage All Fund-raising Activities & Monies • Assist in Development & Presentation of Music Budget
  19. 19. 4. Philosophy & Curriculum Team: • Assist in Development of District Music Philosophy & Policy • Assist in Development of Student-centered Curriculum • Present to School Board for Official Adoption as District Policy
  20. 20. 3 Key to Success: rd The Profession Teachers and advocates need to work together for the benefit of the students.
  21. 21. Music Teachers ORCHESTRA MUSIC BAND CHOIR EDUCATION GENERAL MUSIC
  22. 22. Music Curriculum CURRICULAR MUSIC EDUCATION COCURRICULAR EXTRACURRICULAR
  23. 23. Music Curriculum Written, sequential teaching objectives with student outcomes that are . . . • Specific • Achievable • Measurable
  24. 24. Crisis Management In any crisis . . . Identify the issues first! • Faculty Issues • Curricular Issues • Student Participation Issues • Economic Issues
  25. 25. Target the Issues Reform Budget Crisis Hidden Cuts Hidden Agendas
  26. 26. The Financial Crisis Strategies for the most common school issue— Full Time Equivalent (FTE)
  27. 27. Average Student Loads Comparison (Music/non-music) FTE Classification Classes x Students Student Load 1.0 Non-music Classroom Teacher 5 x 30 150 1.0 Music Performance Teacher 5 x 40 200 2.0 Teachers 350 1.0 Non-music Classroom Teacher 5 x 30 150 1.0 Replacement Teacher 5 x 30 150 .4 Replacement Teacher 2 x 25 50 2.4 Teachers 350 1.0 FTE Music Teacher = 1.4 Classroom Teacher Music Teacher Financial Value = 1.4 FTE
  28. 28. Reverse Economics 5.2 FTE Cut Projected savings - $156,000 4 $378,00 0 3 $300,00 ANNUAL BUDGET 0 2529 MISCALCULATION 2 $192,00 $534,000 0 1 736 360 Hundred Thousand $$ 0 Year 1 3 5 New Classes 29 50 63 New Classroom FTE 6.4 10.0 12.6
  29. 29. Action Strategy Never suggest cuts or compromise! Make Impact Statements!
  30. 30. Where Do You Stand? • In Denial? • Helpless? • Apathetic? Be an Advocate!
  31. 31. For Assistance: Dr. John L. Benham Music In World Cultures, Inc. 3900 Bethel Drive St. Paul, MN (USA) 55112 Office: (651) 635-8015 or (763-232-6018) Fax: (651) 635-8004 E-mail: j-benham@att.net

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