By Liz Buchanan
Yesterday, October 18, was an important day for The Children’s Music Network. Not only was it the opening day of our 2013 conference – it was the day our Board approved a new Strategic Plan that we hope will provide a great beginning for our next 25 years as an organization.
We’ll soon be posting the whole Strategic Plan on our web page. An important part of our planning process was establishing our core goals, which are consistent with CMN’s core values. These goals are as follows:
1. We have set out to build, sustain and support a network of people who make and enjoy music with children. We welcome professionals, amateurs, experts and beginners, and bring them together to share expertise, ask and answer questions, and offer and receive support.
2. We work to develop and share songs, resources and strategies related to children’s music, whether in the classroom, in a workshop or on the concert stage. This helps all of us to expand our repertoires and share music we have written and found, making us better teachers and performers, parents and human beings.
3. We seek to empower children to become music makers themselves and active citizens of the world. We model for and include children in music making and self-expression, mutual respect and kindness. We encourage creativity and participation. We recognize that children care about the world and the people in it.
4. We know that our work with music and children is a way in which we can make the world a better place, and we have intentionally placed ourselves at this confluence. What makes CMN unique is our shared vision of a more peaceful, healthy and just world, and our willingness to do our part to bring that about, each in our own unique way … one song at a time.
While many of our members sing about making peace, sustaining a healthy environment, nurturing creativity, teaching literacy and character development and encouraging solutions to world problems, many sing songs that are simply fun and downright silly! Our songs reflect the diversity of our members.
We’re spending some time at this weekend’s conference talking about how we can best achieve these goals as an organization. We’re sorry all our members can’t be here! If you have ideas for building CMN’s future by carrying out these four goals, let us know. We want to hear from you.
Liz Buchanan is President of CMN.