You get a call from a colleague in the state
As you sit down with the morning newspaper you
association to talk about the association and their advocacy efforts to provide music for all young
notice that the opening of the current legislative session is front page news. The article outlines the major issues
children and what your thoughts are on pursuing
for this session. You
legislation that would help families access these services. You
a) skip past that to find the weather for this week. b) skim through to get a sense of what issues are
a) recall hearing something about this and are glad for the chance to ask questions and talk
going to be “hot topics.” c) m ake a note to see what committees your
about what is happening in the state.
senator and representative are on in case they
b) want to know about being more involved with the advocacy group or how you can help.
might be able to help. d) wonder why the writer of this article didn’t
c) a ren’t sure they have the right number. d) a re part of the team making these calls.
cover the healthcare issues with the same depth as the online coverage that you’ve been following.
You receive an email from an early childhood
music advocacy committee asking you to complete a survey about your work with young children. You a) helped create the survey and look forward to compiling the results to determine what services are being offered in your state (and to whom). What a great advocacy tool! b) hope to get around to it in the next week or so but think, “Haven’t I already answered these questions?” c) complete it right then and sign up to be contacted if they need help with additional advocacy tasks. d) delete. No time for another survey.
At the urging of a friend you agreed to join an
advocacy committee to raise awareness of the benefits of music for the development of young children. As the group is deciding who will take on particular tasks, you are most likely to a) take the lead on writing correspondence to your colleagues as long as you can get some feedback and support from the other committee members. b) v olunteer to be the chair of the advocacy group. You are ready to lead! c) take on a task that can be done by searching the internet and providing information to help the group’s effort. d) p articipate in calls and weigh in with an occasional opinion about what the group should do next.
Your advocacy efforts have paid off and there is a bill moving through the state legislature that would
provide access to music therapy services for children with identified developmental need. This bill is going before the Health and Human Services Committee on the Senate side. Your sponsoring senator has indicated that a few of you should speak at the hearing about the importance of this bill to the families you serve. You a) look forward to hearing how that works out. b) are willing to contact a client’s family that might be willing to share their story. c) a re happy to help organize materials as long as you don’t have to speak in front of anyone. d) h ave had your presentation and remarks ready for weeks. Bring on the committee.
imagine 7(1), 2016
In this issue, over 70 authors from 12 countries share their dedication and passion for early childhood music therapy with imagine readers....