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Sure-Fire Ways to Involve Parents Lynn Seidl, WMEA State Chair, Choral

In these tumultuous times having parents in your camp, on your side and in- volved in your pro- gram is a sure-fire way to promote your program, increase student numbers and champion the pro-

gram with administration. This article will provide a list of ways to involve parents in your music program. Some of these ideas were solicited from fellow music teach- ers and other ideas came from events that were sponsored in my school district.

Booster Clubs – This is the most common way to provide help for your music depart- ment. Start a club, elect parent officers and have them appoint committee heads. Not only will you get much needed help with fundraisers, uniform hand out and collec-

tion and other necessary, time consuming tasks, but parents can be involved and will know that they and their families are an integral part of the music program.

Alumni Night or Concert Sing-a-Longs – Designate a concert to feature alumni on a selection which is a tradition in your school music program. The Hallelujah Chorus is an excellent selection for band and choir members alike and once they have learned it they will never forget it. If you want to involve parents who are not alumni, pick something a bit easier and have a pre-concert rehearsal to teach them the melody to the song and then in- vite them up when the time comes. Your singers will beam with pride when mom, dad and older brothers and sisters have joined them on the risers.

Joining Forces – Combine with another teacher, department or organization at

“Music makes

practically everybody fonder of life than he or she would be without it.”

~ Kurt Vonnegut

your concert or performance. Join forces with the art teacher and put together an art show with a concert. It will draw even more audience members to the concert and the cooperative spirit between the fine arts department staff members can be cultured.


“MyCenter” Interactive Web Resource for WSMA Members!

Plug in and connect with the all-new MyCenter web resource for WSMA member schools. MyCenter is your 24/7 portal for people, places and things related to your music association:

• User Profiles – View membership data and create preferences for how you'd like to tap into the network, whether looking at WSMA school account info or making connections with other educators throughout the state.

• Messaging and Express Modules – Announcements, news feeds, photo galleries, quick polls and coming soon – forums, within the membership network.

• Historical and Financial Data – Coming soon... WSMA school district, festival and school payment information, plus historical program participation data for your school.

Custom login information was sent via email to you in October. If you did not receive this information, please contact the state office by emailing

Access MyCenter now at 10 January 2012

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