Don’t forget: your students are better because of the work you do. For so many students, a passion for education is often ignited by an inspiring teacher. And, teachers? Look at the faces staring back at you in the classroom and remember why you do what you do. It’s important.
You are not alone. Faces of M.E. showcases teachers, students, and community members who are making a difference through music with a poignant quote about their struggles and triumphs. Links arms with others who are fighting to make an impact through music and remember we’re all in it together – and your work does matter.
“The biggest misconception about music teachers is that they are no longer practitioners of their art. There are, especially in New Orleans, many music teachers who are still practitioners of the music..."
"I have a little, little, young student. He's in fifth grade right now. He's definitely one of the kids that keeps me like, "Yeah. This is why I got into music education. He's already getting paying gigs at 10 years old..."
"You usually don't see women [as high school band directors]. I don’t look at it as an obstacle. Anybody can do it with hard work, dedication and knowledge. It doesn’t matter if I'm a man, a woman, a dog, a cat, I will have a successful and a great band program."
Are you interested in using data to help inform your community on the benefits of music education? In partnership with the NAMM Foundation and the Arts Education Partnership, the Music Matters brochure is available to download and share.