Become an Advocate
Build a support network of advocates (parents, administrators, co-workers, community members)
Elected officials should be contacted. Seek them out and share the importance of an arts education. Download Writing an Advocacy Letter PDF to get you started.
Connect with administrators and board members, the community, and local media. Share with them what you’re doing inside and outside your studio and classroom that is making a difference. If you don’t let them know, no one else will!
Outreach through music activities and performances can bring awareness, engage your community, and support the importance of music and the arts where you live.
Make your case. Prepare your elevator speeches and use them often. Topics for 3 brief elevator speeches:
- How music education benefits your students’ lives
- A personal story of how music education has impacted one student’s life
- How music education has impacted your life, why you became an music educator
Exhibit your students’ musical aptitude in the community. Seek out opportunities to get your students’ performing outside of studio recitals. Visit Community Service Projects page for ideas and examples of community service projects.
Checklist of Action Items:
• Like the Utah Music Teachers Association page on Facebook, and share what you and your students are doing to spread music in your community.
• Write a letter or email to your local and state government officials
• Volunteer or engage with other music and art organizations in your community
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