I. The terms teacher and support staff designate a variety of in-school personnel including instructors, counselors, librarians, aides, office staff, maintenance personnel, lunchroom workers, bus drivers and others. The cooperation and support vital to the success of music education can be achieved through the development of a good rapport with these individuals. The enlightened music educator will encourage the many cooperative endeavors available.

II. Music education can assist teachers and support staff by:

  1. Providing enrichment material for regular classroom activities through cooperative planning
    1. Plan music studies that complement elementary instructional units utilizing songs, instruments and dances
    2. Plan public programs in cooperation with regular teachers
    3. Work with foreign language, history, English literature, science teachers, etc. to complement their instructional units
    4. Develop a survey or questionnaire to determine when teachers will be studying particular units
  2. Supporting the academic programs by encouraging music students to excel academically
    1. Establish eligibility requirements determining participation in UIL activities
    2. Communicate with other teachers to assure that music students meet academic requirements
    3. Cooperate with other teachers in discipline matters
  3. Reinforcing other classroom teaming activities
    1. Studies in music can develop coordination, concentration, decision-making, and attention to detail
    2. Music study promotes good study habits
    3. Music performance requires teamwork and cooperation
    4. Auditory skills developed in music reading are also essential in developing good reading skills.
    5. Music builds a healthy self-concept, provides an emotional outlet, encouraging self-discipline and free expression, enabling students to be more receptive to teaming in other classes
  4. Providing musical experiences and entertainment for teachers, support staff and their families

III. Teachers and support staff provide vital assistance to music education by

  1. Exhibiting an attitude that music is important
    1. Attend performances and encourage students to attend
    2. Recognize achievement and encourage music students
    3. Cooperate with music educators by allowing students to make up work missed because of musical events. Reinforce year-round aspect of music activities as opposed to seasonal
  2. Providing educational counseling which encourages student participation in music classes
  3. Lending their skills and knowledge to music activities
  4. Offering assistance in:
    1. Typing materials
    2. Bookkeeping
    3. Duplicating materials

IV. Specific actions which will develop mutual support from teachers and support staff for music education:

  1. Present an image based on high personal and professional standards.
  2. Work for quality, productive teaching.
  3. Respect other teachers and recognize the support staff as equals and show appreciation of their efforts.
  4. Involve teachers and support staff in the music program.
    1. Survey the staff for musical interests and abilities which may be utilized in your program
    2. Enlist volunteer services in ticket sales, publicity, photography, programs, refreshments, props, lighting, staging, costumes, sound, art displays, and narration.
    3. Extend personal invitations (perhaps through a student) to concerts and musical performances, and issue complimentary passes. Include private teachers and other music personnel within the school system.
    4. Invite teachers and support staff to accompany music groups on trips.
  5. Methods of establishing rapport with teachers and support staff:
    1. Demonstrate a personal interest and encourage music students to join you in attending programs, rehearsals, exhibits and general school activities.
    2. Develop and encourage good inter-personal relationships with the staff at lunch, during conference periods, and at teacher activities.
    3. Publicly recognize teacher and staff support.
    4. Schedule conferences as a music faculty with counselors to discuss student participation in music.
    5. Cooperate in resolving conflicts when students are involved in extra-curricular activities and release students to make up work missed in other classes because of music events.
    6. Provide in-service programs relating to the value of music education in the total school program.
    7. Schedule concerts and programs at a convenient time for teachers and other support staff to attend.
  6. Establish good organizational skills:
    1. Prepare alphabetical lists of students attending musical events during school time well in advance of the event.
    2. Place events on a school calendar as early as possible and attempt to keep schedule changes to a minimum. Give advance notice of these changes.
    3. Create and adhere to time schedules that allow students to be prompt to other classes
    4. Respond promptly to requests for information such as nominees for National Honor Society, grade reports and attendance activities.
  7. Provide programs for other activities:
    1. Professional teachers associations
    2. Food services organizations
  8. Perform for school groups:
    1. Parent organizations
    2. National Honor Society programs
    3. Graduation ceremonies