Quality in a music program is dependent on a high rate of returning students and a reliable feeder network. With many courses competing for the same students, recruiting enough students to keep instrumental and vocal programs healthy is essential. It is the educator’s responsibility to sell students and their parents on the value of signing up for an elective course in music.
See this tip sheet, Focusing on the Classroom: Recruiting and Retaining Students for some good reminders about what to keep in mind as you prepare performances and create relationships with students and parents.
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.