We understand that finding funds for your music program is one of the greatest challenges that music educators face.
And while advocating for curriculum funding can be a daunting task, sometimes the answer can be found in the most unlikely of places!
That’s what Quaver Teacher Katie Presser found when funding her five-year Quaver license. Katie, a K-4 Teacher at Cabool Elementary in Cabool, MO, and a Quaver Teacher Ambassador, was able to fund much of her Quaver license with a simple conversation and a whole lot of passion.
Take it away, Katie!
Hello Quaverites! Quaverizers? Quaverists? No? I’ll work on it…
You are among some of my favorite people on this planet! The world needs more teachers who are crazy passionate about bringing fun and engaging music education to their students.
However, some of you may be struggling to get your district to pay for a five-year license or maybe even a one-year license.
Let’s talk about this.
Five years ago at a music conference, I met a super sweet, starry eyed first year teacher (and fellow Quaver Music Blog Contributor!) who introduced me to Quaver. She had student taught with Quaver in her school system and talked a lot about this amazing program that she loved so much! I went by the booth and thought, “Oooooh that’s cool”, but figured I would not be able to convince my district administrators to let me have an entirely new program.
However, I got the free trial from the coolest Quaver Sales Rep around, Lonnie Castle—and I utilized it to the fullest extent.
The next year, I was determined to show this amazing new curriculum and all of its benefits to our school and community!
I did a Bulldog Spotlight for our school board, invited parents to experience QuaverMusic.com at Open House and on a Title Family Night, and talked about Quaver to anyone who would listen to me. My high school director even gave me a hard time about being so overly passionate about it. Your passion is what sells anything.
Katie using Quaver’s “Note & Rest Grab” (Level 2) with her students
Moving forward, I knew if I could get my district on board with a five-year license, it would save them so much money (and what school board isn’t for that?)
However, I found half of my funding in the most unexpected way! It was a PD day and I was riding over to lunch with the coordinator for our fitness grant. I mentioned to her all the movement that Quaver had brought into my classroom. I talked about how much the teacher tutorials helped me because seriously… reading the old folk dance books was like reading Greek to me. I offhandedly joked that I was meeting my fitness goals on my Apple Watch many days by 9:30 in the morning!
This is really important, because that one comment about my fitness goals paid for half of my five-year license! Our fitness grant coordinator asked some questions, explained that her grant was supposed to support wellness of the whole student, and that it was supposed to help students even after the grant ended. And before I knew it, half of my five-year license was paid for!
So my advice to my fellow Quaverologists (I like that one!) is this: Keep your eyes open for opportunities in the oddest of places, build relationships everywhere you turn, be passionate, and remember, “Be Like Bach, Be Determined.”
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