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Phi Beta Mu News and Views


Many music educators spend the summer refl ecting on the past and planning for the future. T is is the time to carefully consider successes and failures of program goals and objectives and then to make accommodations in anticipation of a new academic year. T ough many music teachers have the same students for four years or more the enthusiasm and excitement for a new year is the same as the classroom teacher who greets all new students. Quite possibly the “freshness” that music educators feel is related to working in a subject area that involves talented and creative individuals.


Encouraging, directing or teaching creative individuals is at the same time rewarding and challenging. For the music educa- tor that is aware of their importance in nurturing young creative minds, the entrepreneurial business world often recognizes traits and beliefs we take for granted. An example of this would be to replace “manager” with “band director” in the following from an article by Charles Warner entitled, “How To Manage Creative People.”


“Managers who successfully deal with creative employees tend to show the following characteristics:


1. T ey respect individual diff erences. 2. T ey understand the creative process. 3. T ey have professional knowledge (expertise). 4. T ey know how to communicate sympathetically with creative people. 5. T ey give credit and recognition. 6. T ey take calculated risks. 7. T ey provide inspiration in the form of support and encouragement of ideas. 8. T ey bolster self-confi dence. 9. T ey are fl exible and have fl exible organizations.


10. T ey welcome and encourage constructive nonconformity, individuality, and diversity. 11. T ey involve creative people in the planning and decision-making process at the earliest possible moment. 12. T ey allow creative people to try their pet projects and ideas without fear of criticism.”


If managers (band directors) model these 12 points then they are able to enjoy one of the most rewarding aspects of teaching, seeing a student who is excited and enthusiastic when they accomplish something they themselves thought may not be possible.


Phi Beta Mu is a non-political, non-profi ting fraternity organized to promote good fellowship among its members, encour- age the building of better bands and the development of better musicians in schools throughout the world, and foster a deeper appreciation of good music and more widespread interest in it on the part of the lay public.


Visit the Phi Beta Mu website at http://www.phibetamuxi.org/. For more information about Phi Beta Mu contact David Vroman, President, at dvroman@bradley.edu.


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Illinois Music Educator | Volume 72 Number 1


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