Principles of Music Administration

…course taught for the 2019 Summer Institute at Arizona State University

Description: Administrators, whether at the district or site level, play a pivotal role in your development as a professional and your program’s success. We will explore a variety of strategies to develop relationships for advocacy, budget, communication, curriculum, and more. Additionally, we will have extensive discussions on leveraging these relationships in order to expand your program beyond its current status quo. Join us in understanding more about this underutilized opportunity.


Day 1: Foundations – Who are Administrators? Why are they Administrators?

Slides  –  Reading 1  –  Reading 2

Day 2: Contextualizing –  Why do Administrators matter to me and my program? What do I need from them? What do they need from me?

Slides Reading 1

Day 3: Sample “Need to School”; Funding sources


Day 4: Building Relationships (entering tribes); Music Program Specifics (building my tribe)


Day 5: Moving Forward – synthesis and next steps



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