There are some great tips in this book that all music teachers can use. I took extensive notes as I read it and want to share some of them with you here.
Smash Gender Stereotypes.
Some people erroneously think certain instruments or professions are better suited to certain genders. We can help teach students that this simply isn't the case by showing video clips of women conductors, male flutists, and professional dancers of both genders.
“Be a good role model for students in the way you speak. Use correct grammar. Listen to yourself. Tape record a rehearsal and do a self-critique.”
I like this idea and I live by it. I am very particular of how I present myself to my students. I choose my words carefully and model proper English. For example, I became aware that I said "gonna" a lot and it was something I worked hard to change. I now say "going to" instead. It's a small thing but small things are important too.
Become Your Own PR Department.
Music teachers need to promote their program, be visual in the community, and work hard to make connections. We can do so by inviting city counsellors, mayors, and the press to concerts and performances. All of this establishes our visibility and the importance of arts programs in the schools.
"Students must learn at an early age that successful musicians need healthy bodies. . . You have influence. They will listen and follow the label of their role model."
Never thought much about this one, but I like it. We need to promote healthy living in school as often as we can. Why not tie it into the arts as well?
There is a lot more food for thought in this book.
I enjoyed reading this book and have already implemented a few of the ideas into my music program at school. Some of these ideas would be great for regular classroom teachers as well. In fact, all of the above are things teachers of every grade and subject should embrace.
I think you will get a lot out of this book. It is written with a tip every page or two so you can pick and chose the sections you want to read quickly and easily. That works great for teachers pressed for time.
Enhancing the Professional Practice of Music Teachers: 101 Tips that Principals Want Music Teachers to Know and Do by Paul G. Young
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