The Music Educator:
Synonymous with Leader
Why your skills as a Music Educator have already prepared you for leadership!
A walk through the aisles of your local bookstore will reveal numerous books on leadership. The same can be said of a simple search of the internet. Most all of the books and websites list and describe the common characteristics of effective leaders. They do not all agree on the most important characteristics, and prioritize them differently. Some of the material is focused on corporate management or sales leadership, and relate leadership success to the financial bottom line. General leadership books and websites, with a focus on basic leadership skills and behaviors, can also be found as well as tools for assessing your individual leadership traits and skills.
For the music educator looking to improve his or her leadership skills or to identify individual traits, I recommend reading a variety of books and attending workshops or seminars on the subject. There are classic books about leadership and books about classic leaders. Some of the books that focus on sales leadership have value, since they frequently focus on the motivation and development of an effective sales “team.” This website includes a page of links to websites and organizations dedicated to the development of leaders. Many of the resources are free and include assessment tools and educational material. Taking the time to study a few of them, will assist you with identifying your leadership traits and developing a leadership style of your own. The basic tenets and core values of your organization will determine which leadership traits have priority.
Robert T Frampton, Jr.
Mr. Frampton recently became the Director of the Rowan University Community Music School, in Glassboro, New Jersey after retiring from 40 years in K-12 Music and Arts Education. He spent 23 years as the Supervisor of Visual and Performing Arts for the Washington Township School District in Gloucester County, New Jersey, is an NJMEA Past President and is a Past President of the Eastern Division of the National Association for Music Education - NAfME. He received a Bachelors of Music Education from the University of Florida in 1978 and a Master of Arts in Music Education from Glassboro State College, now Rowan University, in 1984.