Author: John Gardner
17 yrs experience as a high school band director. 14 yrs as college adjunct faculty. 30+ yrs in the fundraising industry and 24 yrs as a small business owner. (Don't add all those up.). Experience in both the fundraising sales and education worlds give me a unique combination of perspectives in both. I love working with the youthful enthusiasm of today's teenage achievers and with those who work with them. Also 4yrs as proprietor of VirtualMusicOffice.com, which offers a wide variety of virtual services including web/blog design/hosting/managing, social media management (scheduling posts/tweets for maximum impact and brand enhancement) and small business consulting - specializing in school product fundraising.

Valentine’s Day Stress and Teens

By John Gardner This time of year can be stressful for those romantically attached, hoping to become, casually dating, good plutonic friends or single not by preference. I understand widowed or divorced, too…. but this post targets mostly high schoolers. If

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14+ Ways to Volunteer for a Show Choir to help Teens Sing Their Hearts Out

by John Gardner In a random passing in a hallway just outside a high school backstage area, a parent stopped me and asked, “You’re the guy who writes the “VirtualMusicOffice.com” blog, aren’t you?” He went on to tell me how

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Earning and receiving a great reference letter for jobs, college and scholarships

By John Gardner As a teacher, I am periodically asked to be a reference on a job application or to write a recommendation letter for students applying for scholarships, jobs and/or colleges. Not too long ago, I got a nice

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Broken Trust and the Damage Bad Teachers Cause

By John Gardner Another news story of a teacher caught up in a sexual situation with students. Sad and disturbing on multiple levels because at least two lives are damaged — forever changed. Students become hesitant to open up to

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Sell for YOU! Keep the Profit!

Instead of selling for someone else, have you ever considered selling for yourself? $1 for $1 candy bar. As a fundraising distributor, I have known this Chocolatier for over a decade. Excellent quality — better than the national brands.

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What are YOUR Educational Priorities?

Why do we take so much time to test and test and test — and then tie teacher pay to test scores when they’ve lost so much teaching time to testing?

Social Media Management Services

Have you ever noticed that some people, and more often businesses, seem to have their name on your social media news feed whenever you are there? No, they are probably not sitting at their computer constantly posting and tweeting.

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Monetizing the Band Blog

As a 30-yr veteran school product fundraiser, I utilize words like fundraising, money-making, profit, etc. Merging that fundraising mindset with my high school teaching assignment, I look for creative “monetizing” ideas to make the band blog an income stream.

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10+ Gump-ism-style Advice Lines for Bands, Students and Parents

In the spirit of Forrest Gump who put out Gump-isms like, “Life is like a box of chocolates…..You never know what you’re gonna get”, I offer the following sayings that sometime happen in band rehearsals and private studio lessons. “Good

10 Anti-Excellence HS Peer Pressure Standards

I’m tired of being the geek. I’m tired of ruining the curve. I’m tired of people getting mad at me because I do the extra credit anyway. I want to go somewhere I can be normal; where it is okay to be an achiever.

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