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Purpose & Benefits

PURPOSE

  1. To foster a spirit of friendliness, fellowship, and cooperation among women band directors
    in the schools of American and abroad
  2. To provide a common meeting ground for an exchange of ideas, methods, and problems relevant to women band directors
  3. To provide encouragement for young women entering the instrumental music field
  4. To recognize and emphasize the basic and lasting values of a sound instrumental music program
  5. To develop comprehensive programs that will be of a musical and educational benefit
    to women band directors and their students
  6. To recognize and encourage the obligations of the school band to the school and the community in all phases of the instrumental program and the reciprocation of the school and community by supporting the band
  7. To work with administrators to provide the best music education possible and to provide
    for the equality of women in the profession
  8. To cooperate with existing organizations whose demonstrated purpose is to further improve the band as
    a worthwhile medium of musical expression


HOW DOES WBDI WORK FOR ME?
by Judith Grimes, IL, Past President and Charter Member

  1. Provides a network of professional music educators dedicated to a system of support
  2. Creates a common meeting ground for professional women band directors, conductors, and teachers
  3. Encourages professional assistance for educational ideas, travel, festivals, and clinics
  4. Provides opportunities to publish and fosters avenues to develop special projects
  5. Creates a channel of international exchange
  6. Allows the opportunity to attend summer professional meetings in both exotic and educational places
  7. Provides awards, certificates, and recognition for teachers, support personnel, and students
  8. Provides subscriptions to the Woman Conductor and BandWorld magazines
  9. Provides scholarships for college women studying to become band directors
  10. Offers opportunities to meet re-known personalities in the band profession
  11. Provides a mouthpiece for innovative ideas and professional input
  12. Fosters advancement without competition and encourages young women in the field
  13. Offers the opportunity to hold an international office and/or serve on committees
  14. Allows the opportunity to expand and develop your professional networking and resume skills
  15. Allows you to make some of the best professional friendships you will ever have!