Teacher Appreciation Week

As a way to say thank you, we’re celebrating you and music educators everywhere in some big ways!


Music Room Makeover

Lessons Survey

Our friends at the Guitar Center Foundation are completing a music room makeover for Marrero Middle School, a program in New Orleans that was devastated by floods. The makeover includes $10,000 in new instruments and room modifications.

Student Gratitude Activity

Instructions

Download and print the activity sheet below. Have your students write notes of gratitude to teachers on campus, then pass them out next week during Teacher Appreciation Week.

Teacher Appreciation Week

Nominate a Colleague for Special Prizes

Teacher Appreciation Week

Music & Arts, in partnership with Be Part of the Music, is pleased to honor FIFTY music educators with one of three great prizes as part of the 2022 Teacher Appreciation Week Nominate a Colleague contest.

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Nominate a Colleague Music & Arts Gift Card Winners


Be Part of the Music Composer-In-Residence Program

We’re thrilled to announce the Composer-In-Residence Program, one of our most profound advocacy offerings to date. Be Part of the Music has commissioned four incredibly diverse and talented composers to write four works over the next eighteen months that will be made available free of charge to music educators.

In addition to the music, Scott Lang and Chris Gleason (Wisconsin State Department of Education) will be writing curricula to match. Use the music, the curricula, or both — it’s your choice! Our goal is to provide access to high quality commissioned works for ALL students in music education, particularly in underserved areas. The commissioned works will represent band, choir, and orchestra, and will be grade 2.5 – 3.

Here are the composers we selected: 

  • Kelijah Dunton - Band, August 2022
  • Victor Johnson - Choral, January 2023
  • Michael Markowski - Orchestra, August 2023
  • Joanne Harris - TBA - January 2024

The first two works are already in motion. Stay tuned for more details in the coming weeks.

Learn More 


Copy / Paste Gratitude Email Content

Instructions

Copy and paste the text below into your own email sender. Edit as you see fit before sending.

Email Content for Other Teachers

Hi Friends,

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week!

I just wanted to add my voice to what I can only hope is a chorus of praise and appreciation for all you do each day. (See what I did there with the music reference?)

Teaching is hard. Like really hard. Like folding a fitted sheet, blindfolded, with one hand tied behind your back hard. Few, if any, outside of our profession can fully appreciate the complexity and difficulty of what we do. Fifty-two minutes of every hour are accounted for, seven hours a day, for 185 days. The GRIND is real. You keep your composure and smile and you soldier on each and every day through it all.

We have all endured a great deal these past two years. What you have overcome and accomplished is not insignificant and should not be trivialized. You stepped up, put yourself in harm’s way, and served your community when you were needed most. You taught in ways you never trained for and accomplished previously unimaginable things while taking care of your loved ones at home.

You are the real deal, and I am proud to work alongside each of you.

I hope that you can stop, take a moment, and reflect upon the impact you are having on your students, school, and community at some point during the week. You deserve all of the praise, recognition, and kudos you receive.

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week!

Your colleague,


Email Content for Parents

Dear Parents:

Thank you to all of the kind notes, calls, and emails I have received for Teacher Appreciation Week. I am humbled and grateful to be teaching in such a special place.

They say it takes a village to raise a child. If that’s true, then it takes a metropolis to run a music program. So many young people, so much equipment, and so much time is required to experience the success we have experienced. If it weren’t for you, none of this would be possible. Kids involved in music are the most involved, hardest working, and most successful students in school. That’s because their parents are the most involved, hardest working, and most successful parents in school.

During this week of appreciation, I just wanted to reach out and tell you how much I appreciate all of you. It is a privilege and joy to teach your children.

Sincerely,


Email Content for District / Site Administrators

Dear Admin Team:

I know it’s Teacher Appreciation Week and people are celebrating teachers, but I wanted to take just a few minutes and celebrate you.

I can’t imagine that you got into education to deal with angry parents or disruptive students. It’s hard for me to conceive of a world in which building maintenance and facilities management are the highlights of your day. It’s hard for me to fathom a day on a campus where no one is happy when they enter your space.

But that is your world, and I don’t know how you do it.

The pandemic did a number on all of us, but perhaps you more so than anyone. You had to make the tough decisions, find a way to move forward, and deal with the politics and fallout of it all.

And, I just wanted to say that I appreciate you. So as you turn the spotlight on us classroom teachers, allow me to shine it right back on you. Because, I could not do what I do if it weren’t for you.

With great appreciation,


Email Content for Non-Admin / School Personnel

Hi!

I know it’s Teacher Appreciation Week and people are celebrating teachers, but I wanted to take just a few minutes and celebrate you.

I can’t imagine school running without you. Seriously, I get to stand up in front of smiling kids (most of the time) and talk about things that I love, while people like you actually make this school run. Yes, you are the heart and soul of this school.

I just wanted to say that I appreciate you. So as others turn the spotlight on teachers, allow me to shine it right back on you. Because I could not do what I do if it weren’t for you.

With great appreciation,


No Purchase Necessary. Must be at least 18+ to participate. Nominations close at 11:59 on 5/3/2022. Void where prohibited. See Official Rules for details. Sponsor: Music & Arts, a Division of Guitar Center Stores, Inc., 5295 Westview Drive, Suite 300, Frederick, Maryland, 21703.