Our family is a big fan of the television show Glee. My wife stated recently that she’d heard that schools are getting requests to add glee clubs based on the success of that show. There’s a lesson here – people follow success.
I’m reminded of the best-selling business book Good to Great, by Jim Collins. In this quote, Collins discusses the evolution of change as it pertains to successful businesses:
“More than anything else, real people in real companies want to be part of a winning team. They want to contribute to producing real results. They want to feel the excitement and the satisfaction of being part of something that just flat-out works. When people begin to feel the magic of momentum—when they begin to see tangible results and can feel the flywheel start to build speed—that’s when they line up, throw their shoulders to the wheel, and push.
And that’s how change really happens.”
If your music program energizes students, others students will follow, and parents will support your efforts. With that thought in mind, documenting your success is very important, and I received this suggestion from a colleague who is a strong music advocate recently:
“For those who still have a music program in your school or district, please write a short note to your principal, superintendent, or school board member sharing what you like about the music program. As the traditional academic year closes, many schools are having their final concerts, and it’s a good time to reflect on the activities of the music program during the year. This can provide material for such communications.
Better to act pre-emptively, before budget proposals roll out next January. Silence tends to invite suggestions that few people care.”
Thanks for your consideration,