This issue marks the beginning of the fifth year of SupportED magazine. At the time we launched the magazine in 2016, music educators and advocates were celebrating the recent passing of the Every Student Succeeds Act. That year, we first heard words like Brexit and Zika. Leonardo DiCaprio won his first Oscar, and “Uptown Funk” was named the Record of the Year. In Rio De Janeiro, veteran Olympians Michael Phelps and Usain Bolt as well as first-timer Simone Biles amazed us. And President Barack Obama spent his final year in office.
SupportED was born after recognizing a need of many band and orchestra directors for more inspiration as well as nuts-and-bolts advice. Starting with that first issue, we have used the same lens through which all articles must pass — “Will this information help someone be a better teacher?”
That lens has never changed, and it never will.
My personal lens for the articles in SupportED and communication in general remains: “Say exactly what you mean to say, then stop talking.”
Out of respect to you, the teacher, we must be efficient and relevant.
I love how this issue’s featured artist Mike Block states it: “Efficiency holds intrinsic moral value. … Inefficiency is a kind of sin rooted in a lack of appreciation for the preciousness of our time and other people’s time.”
We know how busy you are, so we strive to get right to the point. We want you to be able to access, consume and grow from what we are presenting.
Yes, we are proud of the awards SupportED has won, and we are thrilled to see how issues disappear at state music education association conferences, The Midwest Clinic, Jazz Education Network and other shows. But we are most happy when we hear from you about how a particular article has helped you. We hope you enjoy this issue and that you share it with other music educators.
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