I. Participants in non-school community arts activities are potential sources of support for music education. The alert music educator will search for ways to develop mutual respect and support with this important and influential group which may include performers (professional and non-professional), music organizations (such as church choirs, civic groups, barbershop quartets, chamber ensembles), music clubs, fraternities and sororities, community arts councils and the American Federation of Musicians. (The AFM includes persons with formal arts education, technical music understanding and a highly developed interest in the arts.) By developing a positive attitude toward community arts functions as well as working to cultivate support for music education, the music educator can eliminate the traditional divisions within the field of music and attain the common goals.
II. Music education supports the community arts by providing:
- A rallying point for this population's natural interest and enthusiasm in the arts
- A channel of communication to the community regarding arts activities in general A natural source of support and audiences for community arts activities
- A training ground for future performers
- A reservoir of manpower for assistance as ushers, ticket takers, and other volunteer work
- A pool of students for private music study
- Performing facilities for community arts functions
III. Community arts support music education by providing:
- Political support
- Financial support for scholarships, private instruction, summer camps, educational grants and special performance opportunities
- Manpower assistance as chaperones and volunteer positions and in technical areas such as writing program notes, presenting classroom demonstrations, lectures, performances, in- service workshops and publicity
- Enhancing the musical atmosphere of the community with performances beyond that of school music groups
- Enrichment of the school music curriculum
IV. Specific actions which will develop support from the community arts organizations:
- Publish a community arts calendar listing school AND community arts functions.
- Provide opportunities for combined performances by school groups, arts groups and visiting professionals.
- Invite community arts leaders to visit music classes, rehearsals and arrange master classes as cooperative ventures.
- Place community arts groups and individuals on your mailing list and ask to be placed on theirs.
- Organize a "Task Force for the Arts" which will include both school and non-school arts persons.
- Invite guest artists from the community to appear with school groups, to direct a section rehearsal, give a demonstration for class or present an in-service workshop.
- Invite a local professional to write program notes for important concerts and give them credit in the program.
- Offer student ushers and assistance for community events.
- Maintain a bulletin board for community arts events.
- Encourage multi-discipline events utilizing dance, theater and visual arts with concerts.