Chapter Meeting Ideas
Guest Speakers: Invite faculty from your school to speak on topics such as:
Your first year teaching
How to teach band, strings, choir, and elementary/general music. This is great to bring diversity to your chapter members and enhance their knowledge of other areas.
Making accommodations for students with disabilities in your programs.
How to handle being confused as a student and how to present yourself as a professional.
Interview strategies and techniques/resume tips.
Parent and Booster organizations in your program.
How to advertise your music performances in the community.
You may also consider inviting professionals from outside your school's faculty, such as your district or county arts administrator, to host a session on their area of expertise.
What is CNAfME?
What opportunities are available to them through this organization? What resources do they have access to?
It would also be a good idea to do an informational session for members who are planning on attending FMEA/Fall Conference/Advocacy Day as each event draws near, but that doesn’t have to be an entire GBM.
Networking session: Using a meeting to get everyone talking with each other, exchanging contact information and establishing these professional connections.
Stress management: a session about how to deal with stress as a student and eventually in the work field.
Meeting to honor graduating members. Great way to bring everyone together and create a family type environment.
Have a phone call or letter writing party to your representatives/senators/local officials!
Discuss ideas regarding what the chapter can do to advocate for music education - social media campaign, campus-wide partnerships, events, etc.
This would also be a great topic for a guest speaker about who to advocate to. Who are the decision makers at the school/county/state and federal level and what type of advocacy gets directed to them.
Why we’re doing this
Music education is an extremely difficult degree path, and it can be very easy to become discouraged or burned out. Plan a positive activity to encourage your members to stick with it!
Share experiences of great music teachers, new and experienced.
Remember why you chose this major in the first place. Discuss the reasons you all got involved in music.
Plan a session to demonstrate how to use Logic/Pro Tools/other music notation software