Re: What’s your budget like?
Posted by Been there on 7/23/2022, 1:29 pm, in reply to "What’s your budget like?"
I hate to say it, but welcome to private school. Small budgets and few supplies come with the gig. |
If the school isn't willing to fund it, go to the community. You can put scarves, rhythm sticks, etc in an Amazon wishlist and publish it to your families. Do a Donors Choose. Often this time of year, a large corporation will come in and donate enough to pay off a bunch of projects all at once. You can get a lot of choir music for free online - not the most modern, but good standards. Reach out to friends at nearby schools and see if you can borrow music and/or CDs. Even if your school isn't religious or church-affiliated, reach out to churches that have a children's choir program.
As for the piano...I assume you mean $250, not $2.50, to tune the piano. See if that can be covered from the maintenance budget - it is, after all, maintenance (and no, don't let the custodian tune it). Consider buying a digital piano with that money instead. Check out Facebook, Craigslist, etc for a used one if possible. Otherwise you're spending $250 a year tuning that piano (especially if you have to move it around for performances).
And...honestly think about your priorities here. I spent some time fighting for funding at a school that talked big about supporting the arts but didn't follow through. I eventually decided they weren't ever going to keep their promises and moved on to greener pastures.