Key Takeaways from FAQs on ESSER and GEER Funds

On May 26, 2021, the U.S. Department of Education released a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) on ESSER and GEER funds.

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Case Study: Expanding the Footprint of a Storied Music Program

In the summer of 2018, I began my tenure as the director of bands at Shelby County High School (SCHS) in Columbiana, Alabama.

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Finding (and Funding) a Way for Music

We can all agree that the conditions surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic have been challenging in ways no one could have anticipated. These circumstances have brought about new processes, new thoughts, new connections and new obstacles.

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How School Service Music Stores Can Help Music Teachers Access ESSER Funds

As one of the closest partners in music education, a school service music store can provide invaluable help to teachers navigating Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) funding requests.

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Bring Administrators Plans, Not Problems

Over the past two months, it feels like I have watched more webinars than I have in the last two years. I am sure that is the case for many of you.

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Funding Resource Roundup

School during the pandemic has taken many paths that no one could have foreseen. 

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Updated: How to Get ESSER (CARES, CRRSA, ARP) Funding for Your Music Program

UPDATED: June 29, 2021

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Finding Funding

Funding is a major obstacle to growing a music program. For the past five years, Nick Maupoux, band director for Cle Elum-Roslyn School District, has overcome this hurdle by grant writing and using the following strategies.

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6 Steps to Get Funds that Support ESSA’s “Well-Rounded Education”

With the passage in December 2015 of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), also known as the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, music was named as part of a "well-rounded education."

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Grant Writing: A 3-Step Game Plan

"Music for all, and all for music" is a goal that all music educators strive for, but unfortunately, access to music in schools isn't a guarantee.

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Access Title IV-A Funds and Build a Stronger Music Program

You have grand plans for your program, but money is tight. In 2015, music educators celebrated the passing of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which calls for a "well-rounded education" that includes music and the arts. 

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Music Education Advocacy

"It's sad that music has been cut from our public schools" is a sentiment that, unfortunately, is heard all too often these days. But I'm happy to report that the winds are changing. 

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Instruments at an Inner-City Music Program

In the blog post, Case Study: A Music Program Succeeds in the Inner City, read how the band program at Rancho High School in Las Vegas was transformed by band director Clint Williams.  

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How to Get Funds from ESSA’s Title IV-A Grant Program

Updated 6/22/2020  

Every year, I have the privilege of attending the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Music Education Advocacy Fly-in in Washington, D.C. 

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DonorsChoose Helps Provide Quality Music Education

In my more than 30 years working in music education, I have observed a great deal of change. However, one constant is the overwhelming impact that music teachers have on the overall success of their students.

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Case Study: Mobilizing a Community to Win Yamaha Instruments

Mobilized by band director Sean Furilla, the community of Canton, Georgia, came together in a widespread show of support for the Marie Archer Teasley Middle School band. 

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