This page has a collection of educational resources, instrument information, funds that can be used in your classroom, scientific information regarding the effects of music education and more.  We're here to support every part of the musical journey!

Music Education Initiatives at Heid Music

Music Education is embedded at the heart of Heid Music's core values. Each of our team members believe in the power of music education. At Heid Music, we've developed a few programs to help celebrate, stimulate and encourage music education. During Music in our Schools Month (March), we run our Big 10+ Contest. The Big 10+ Contest is designed as a photo contest, allowing schools and music programs to showcase their talents and what music means to students, while competing to win amazing prizes from our vendors. 

Recruitment Tools

At our 2021 Director Workshop, we brought in Laurie Fellenz, Executive Director of WSMA, where she presented information on creative recruitment. Download the information to use it in your classroom.

At our 2022 Director Workshop, we brought in Chris Gleason, Band Director at Sun Prarie Area School District, where he discussed teaching kids how to practice. Download the information to use it in your classroom.

Photos from our 2022 Director Workshop

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Join the Band and Join the Orchestra

Heid Music has a collection of videos that showcase what each instrument in the band and orchestra are to help students get excited about the sounds and possibilities and to help educate parents about what being in band or orchestra can do! 

Learn about Orchestra Learn about Band

 

Orchestra Sizing | How to Size a String Instrument

Choosing the right size string instrument for a beginning player is crucial.

This video will help you size your student to ensure the right fit as they begin their journey in strings.

Click HERE for our String Sizing resource page

 

This information is also available in a PDF to download:

Social Media Tips

During the Director Workshop this summer, we discussed how to engage using social media, and what resources can be used to help streamline the process.  It can be overwhelming as it's one more method used to communicate, but this is where our audience is on a daily basis! 

Social Media Tips

 

To peruse the full presentation created by the Heid Music Marketing Team, please click here

 

Additional Resources for Music Educators

  • Cares Act ESSER Funds - There are COVID relief funds that you can apply for to fund music programs. There is a wide variety of ways that you can apply these funds for your school. There are $174,777,774 in funds awarded to the state of Wisconsin, and only a very small amount of that has been redeemed. Not sure of what to use the funds for? Here's some ideas.  
  • USA Today Article - Why Music Education is an Essential Refuge for Students. USA Today published an article about the importance of music and music education, especially in a pandemic. "How can singing, clapping and dancing in school be important during these traumatic times? Shouldn't we focus on figuring out how to teach students basic reading and math skills? Those are essential skills, but we underestimate the importance of music at the epense of our youth."
  • A Ted.com video about the benefits of music to the brain. An ideal video to show to parents who might be on the fence about having their children participate in music. This video should also be made available to principals, superintendents, and school boards as additional justification for having students participate in music courses.
  • A NAfME site that has organized a great deal of information for teachers regarding online learning. Includes access to many education webinars and resources for curriculum development. There are also links to other education sites that provide videos that are appropriate for online learning. 
  • WMEA has recently launched a new distance-learning platform called "WMEA Online Teaching Project". This project provides an opportunity for music teachers to support one another through the generation of shareable plans (two-week, self-contained units) and resources for use in PreK-12 classrooms in Wisconsin.
  • This fantastic video was produced by the United States Army Field Band and demonstrates and briefly discussing the instruments of a traditional concert band.
  • Why Music? Why Band? is a fantastic chapter excerpt for parents who might prefer reading in a classic longform style article. The chapter is from the book series "Teaching Music Through Performance in Band". While it is geared towards band, the message is applicable for all discipline's of music and art.
  • These next few resources break down why music is good for you in easy to repeat bullet point style facts:

ESSER Funds

On Thursday, April 28, 2021, we hosted a webinar with Yamaha to discuss what ESSER Funds are, how you can apply for them and what you can use them for. Watch the recording of the webinar below. 

Additional Resources from the Webinar

Resources for the Midwest

Yamaha Resources - How to Get Esser Funds

Slides from the Webinar

 

Heid Music Advocates for Music Education

At Heid Music, we believe in advocating for Music Education. This includes partnering with NAMM, WSMA, NAFME and more.  

Heid Music participates in the WMEA/WSMA drive in days at the Wisconsin State Capitol, along with schools, parents, community members and other businesses to advocate and educate about the benefits of arts in education. Heid Music was involved in the creation of the bill that passed, requiring the Department of Public Instruction report card to be more transparent and report on the music and arts programs in the state in their report cards. 

As part of the NAMM Fly In event, Heid Music has gone to Washington D.C. to meet with elected officials to advocate the importance of music education. Heid Music's representative was one of 100 people allowed to attend the NAMM Fly In. 

At Heid Music, we collaborate and work dilligently to stay in communication with NAfME, WMEA, WSMA, NAMM, SWIM, NASMD and more. We have been fortunate enough to be involved in the founding membership of SWIM, and to send directors to the annual NASMD conference. We proudly serve on the NAMM board, dating back to it's founding with Paul Heid serving on the board. Heid Music proudly supports our repair technicians being members of NAPBIRT, National Association of Professional Band Instrument Repair Technicians, and supports their attendance of conferences and educational sessions.

It is our mission to promote and support music education. Our goal is for you to feel like Heid Music is a collaborative partner of your music program. 

 

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