KAREN TRINDLE, author of "What I Learned From My Music Students," K-8 Music Teacher
A great way to show parental support of your music program is through a petition. You can easily make one at change.org and have parents and community members sign it online. If your state's core curriculum standards include music, it makes the fight to preserve your program easier. Also, although my position is not in jeopardy, I have no budget for instruments and materials. I use DonorsChoose.org to receive thousands of dollars of donations for instruments, field trips, special presentations, and miscellaneous music materials every year.