I don't know about the rest of you, but at our school, there is a prevailing ideology that music, art, and P.E. are not as important as...well...any other subject. If school were an ocean, we'd be the anglerfish, minus the cool lights on our heads.
Music In Our Schools Month (MIOSM) goes a long way in helping music teachers advocate for their subjects. However, it's a tad more difficult to keep the momentum going during all the months that aren't labeled with a catchy acronym. Like most music teachers I know, I have to be doggedly persistent to break through the preconceived notions that were established long before I became a music teacher. Even when my inner pessimist says it will do no good, I continue to try.
When I became chair of our specials department a few years ago, I suggested creating a newsletter devoted to music, art, and P.E. The following template gives you an example of some of the things I've included in my newsletters in the past. Click on the picture to download this file from Dropbox, and try it out for yourself. This template is just a starting point. You could dress yours up with a little clipart or add categories that are uniquely important to your school or community.
***Important Note Before Downloading: you will need to purchase/download Tweet Music's Music Font if you want the music notes to show up on your document. Otherwise, you will need to delete the excess characters. The font is called "Rhubarb Pie", and is free to download here. To visit the links on the second page of this document, right-click and choose "open hyperlink"***
|Click on the picture to download this PPT file from Dropbox|
I find it easy to get bogged down in the negative reactions we may receive as specials teachers, but I saw something floating around on Facebook the other day that reminded me why I should be optimistic.
|Via Australia Council for the Arts|
What is the environment like at your school? Are the arts valued, disrespected, or ignored?