When starting a music program, it helps to know the practices and capabilities of the surrounding districts. One good way to better understand the music programs in your area is to survey the directors in surrounding and/or similar school districts to gather information, then use that data as you work to set expectations and build your program's resources. See a sample survey in this tip sheet, Focusing on the Classroom: Know the Territory.
Republished with permission of the Music Achievement Council. For more tips on keeping music strong in your schools, visit the site devoted to all things music advocacy: www.supportmusic.com.