Bloggers/Tweeters Unite To Help MENC – Is It Enough?

MENC is currently still in the running to win additional monies from the Facebook Chase Campaign.  We now have 1500+ supporters for the campaign, but are at least 1000 votes from securing a spot in the top twenty-five winning positions…

There are many of us ringing the “proverbial bell” to help them and thus  –Music Education in the schools.  There have been a number of folks contact me personally to let me know why they were NOT voting for one reason or another -some answers dealt with their dislike of “Chase”, some aren’t “on” Facebook, and some dislike “MENC” citing various personal reasons   The truth is there are a myriad of reasons that people aren’t voting, but if you can’t come up with one and you’ve read through all the related materials, love music, and support music education… I keep thinking: Was the 10 seconds it takes to click a vote button just too long to secure a vote? – Since Facebook is giving everyone FIVE votes so that everyone can vote for all of their favorite charities …it can’t be a moment of indecision between one or another…   nobody’s even asking for anyone to dig “deep into their pockets” for personal financial support… It’s all somewhat baffling to me given the almost universal agreement for supporting music education by arts advocates right now.

Can we still win this?   Yes, we can!

Now, on the downhill-side  of our efforts, I can see that moving this “mountain” is indeed becoming a formidable task.   If  MENC cannot inspire it’s own base to move forward (over 10,000 folks Liking MENC on both their own Facebook site and collegiate chapters), ” we” may not be a winner in the 2nd round (speaking as a member of MENC).    Can we still win this?   Yes, we can! (reminds me of a kids’ show – Bob the Builder).

What do we have to do to win then?  We need to motivate folks that are not part of the first tier of our Personal/Professional Learning Networks directly –people beyond our own personal reach of Tweeting, Facebooking, and Blogging.   Anyone that has already voted, needs to spread the word and ask others to vote as well, preferably on Facebook where their influence will likely lead to a vote, or two, or three…

There have been a number of bloggers and Web posts about the MENC Chase Charity Giving  Campaign and I wanted to take the time to recognize them and encourage you all to read their posts:

1. Mustech.net: Win One for Music Ed. and $500,000 For Menc!

2. Mustech.net: Support Music – Bloggers Toolkit for MENC’s Chase Community Giving Campaign

3. Thomas J. West’s Blog : The Chase Is On! Support Music Education Organizations In the Facebook…

4. MusicEdMajor.net: Vote for Menc in the Chase Community Giving Campaign

5. Future Music Educators.net: Chase Community Giving – How MENC can Win

6. MusicEdHighlight: Help Music Education – Vote for MENC Round 2

7. Votes Win $25,000 for MENC in Chase Giving Campaign; Second Round of Voting Begins…

If I missed your article or post, it’s because I didn’t get Tweet from you (apologies).   Please, feel free to post a link to your article in the comment section below.  If you haven’t written one, MENC could really use your support right about now!  There are only 2 and 1/2 days left to vote as of this posting.

The great thing about this campaign is that, regardless of the outcome at this point, we’ve already won $25,000 for a great and worthy cause – MUSIC EDUCATION and in addition; we’ve reached out to thousands of people to make them more aware of how important music is –especially in today’s educational climate with regard to the current disbanding of music programs across the U.S.  Hopefully, we’ve planted a seed in those impacted by this campaign about the importance of keeping Music Education in the schools and at the forefronts of any of their thoughts concerning current and future educational curriculums.

Thanks to all of the bloggers and the folks tweeting and posting for this deserving campaign! We are always “talking” about the need for music advocacy… here’s just one of the many chances for us to advocate!   Keep it up – spread the word!

Vote today: http://mustech.net/go/vote4menc

Joseph M. Pisano, Ph.D. is the creator of many education websites, a lecturer, clinician, trumpeter, and conductor. He is currently the Associate Chair of Music and Director of Bands in the Calderwood School of Arts at Grove City College in PA. He been named a TI:ME Teacher of the Year, received the JEN Jazz Educator Award and the PA Citation of Excellence. He is a past Vice President of the Technology Institute for Music Educators and the current Vice-President of the PA Intercollegiate Bandmasters Association. He also writes for DCI Magazine, Teaching Music Magazine, and is the Educational Editor for In-Tune Monthly Magazine; he has contributed hundreds of articles to various publications. Find out more at his website jpisano.com.
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