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Palen Music Center Quick Note

Monday, April 2, 2012


Palen Music Center is dedicated to helping children experience excellence, personal growth, and joy through involvement in music. We carry out this mission by supporting area band directors through weekly service, support, educational programs, and quality products. This weekly Quick Note newsletter strives to highlight topics that are immediately helpful in the classroom. Comments, suggestions, ideas, and articles are always welcome.


Looking for help on a particular topic? Be sure to check out our Quick Note Catalog of back issues!

A Practical Guide to Recruitment and Retention

Even though recruitment and retention is a year-round process, there is no better time than now to plant the seeds for a successful crop of beginners. Several years ago, the Music Advocacy Council and NAMM put together some extremely valuable resources on the topic.

Here is a link to their comprehensive packet entitled A PRACTICAL GUIDE TO RECRUITMENT AND RETENTION. The file is large, so it may take a bit of time to download.

In addition to that resource, our company is very involved in helping you recruit and retain students. Below is a listing of various resources we provide to assist you. This is just another way that we partner with you to help build a growing band program. Check out links below for recruiting videos, helpful timelines, handouts, and more!

Note: Click on the thumbnail images below for printable flyers.

Recruitment Tips and Timeline
This three-page pdf walks you though tried, tested, and proven suggestions for getting the most out of your recruitment drive. These tips have been gathered from the hundreds of band directors that we have served over the years.

  • What to do before the end of the school year
  • What to do before the school year starts (July/August)
  • What to do on the first day of school
  • What to do day two and after...
  • What to do on instrument display night
  • Communication tips
Click to view the PMC recruitment guide

You Can't Play With The Wrong Equipment
This flyer is perfect to send home to parents. It is very important to inform parents about the many different brands and sources for instruments. Together, we can help educate parents that a poor instrument is a terrible reason for a child to lose interest in band. A quality instrument is a critical step in the beginning band process.
Click to view the PMC flyer

YBNB& Parent Flyer (Why Be In Band?)
This informative flyer reveals some of the many reasons for children to participate in your band program.

  • Scholarship
  • Friendships
  • Experiences
Click to view the PMC parent flyer

YBNB& Student Flyer (Why Be In Band?)
This flyer is perfect to send home with kids to whet their appetite for participation in your program.

We hope this series of flyers, parent handouts, timeline, and advocacy information helps you have the most successful recruiting season ever. We are proud to partner with you and your program.

Let's make some music!

Click to view the PMC student flyer

Contact Your Local Palen Music Center Representative


Can we assist you with anything?  Please contact your local Palen Music Center school road representative for all of your music education needs.


Springfield Bob Hopkins, Wayne Blades, Jason Moore, Mike Steffen, AAron Bryan (417) 882-7000
Columbia Paul Bowen (573) 256-5555
Liberty Ken Crisp, John Bell, and Victoria Clymore (816) 792-8301
Joplin AAron Bryan (417) 781-3100
Broken Arrow Jeff Lawless and Walter Pitts (918) 286-1555


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