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Advocacy: Friend or Foe for Instrumental Music Teachers

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  • Virtually everything we do as music educators involves advocacy, either indirectly or not. Two successful advocates discuss how advocacy can strengthen your program or save an endangered one. Music benefits your students, yet many teachers don’t know how to to maximize the programs potential. One way to do this is through an impact statement which is a must for every music program. Come away from the session with multiple strategies to strengthen, promote or save your program.
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  • 12/18/2019 04:30 PM - 05:30 PM
  • Mary Wagner taught orchestra in the Fairfax County Public Schools for 39 years where she taught all grade levels. Her orchestras consistently received superior ratings at assessment. Wagner wrote orchestra curriculum for FCPS and worked on the newer NAfME Standards. She was one of the authors of the ASTA Curriculum. Wagner served as national ASTA President from 2006-08, Conference Chair from 2005-17 and AST Articles editor until recently. Wagner formed Fairfax Arts Coalition for Education in the mid-90's with other Fairfax colleagues and serves as current president. In addition to saving programs in Fairfax County, she has worked with school systems in Tennessee, North Carolina and Wisconsin.
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  • Jenna Day
  • Jenna Day, owns Day Violins LLC, with her husband, Jason Day. She became interested in Music Education Advocacy when the Fairfax County Budget was in jeopardy when two of her children were young. Since then, she has become involved in Advocacy in any way she can. Jenna currently serves as the president for the Oakton HS Orchestra Boosters, Parent Liaison for FACE (Fairfax Arts Coalition for Education), on the Arts Advisory Board for The Academy at George Mason, Co-Chair for the Mason Academy Parents Group (MAP) and The Arts Advisory Board for Arts at Mason at George Mason University. She also serves on the Board for DC Strings United, bringing concerts and music to underprivileged neighborhoods in the Washington, DC area. Jenna is also heavily involved with advocacy in Washington DC, meeting with elected officials to encourage funding for under-privileged school children and participating in the NAMM Fly-in for the past five years. She was recently asked to adjudicate applications for Music for All’s Advocacy in Action Awards and also the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. She and her husband were recently honored with a prestigious award, the C. Sidney Berg Award, from the Virginia Band and Orchestra Directors Association in Appreciation for their Dedication and Service to the Advancement of Instrumental Music. They have also won the Virginia ASTA Distinguished Service Award for business two years in a row.