This course is designed to equip music educators with the tools, skills and strategies to successfully manage the non-musical responsibilities of their positions. Topics include effective communication practices (getting your message heard and understood), data collection and analysis, budget development and management, scheduling and staffing, evaluation and assessment of students and staff, change management, developing and sustaining positive relationships, recruiting and retention of students and staff, and arts education advocacy. One outcome of the class will be an annual plan, personalized to specific teaching situations, that organizes curriculum, event, professional development and advocacy activities. 

“Organization and administration alone cannot make an ensemble sound good, but a lack of them can keep it from doing so.”  David Gregory

Course Testimonials:

"This was easily among the best courses I have ever taken."
"Basically everything you want to know about running a successful instrumental program."


Instructor: Rick Coulter

Coulter,_Rick_headshot_Su15A veteran of 38 years in public school education, Rick Coulter served as a curriculum leader of successful music, arts and academic programs in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. During his tenure in Williamsport, PA the K-12 music program was recognized twelve times as one of the 100 Best Communities for Music Education in America, the high school was selected as a Grammy Signature School, the District was highlighted in Gaining The Arts Advantage: Lessons From School Districts That Value Arts Education, and the total K-12 program was selected as a Best Practice Program by the PA Department of Education and the Pennsylvania Alliance for Arts Education. Rick is active as an arts advocate, clinician, teacher, writer, performer and conductor of the Billtown Brass Band.

VanderCook College of Music - (312) 225-6288