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1. What are some general guidelines for developing a music budget? When starting a new budget a teacher should first make a list of all the essential items that they will need like music, music folders and music filing supplies. The teacher should then create an estimated total for this section. Next, the teacher should make a list of desired items like new filing cabinets or extra classroom chairs. Last, the teacher should create a wish list and this should include items that would greatly benefit the program like new risers. Purchasing music will be a choral director’s biggest expense and not all new music can be performed every year. It is important for the school to have a choral library from which the choral director can choose music from. Each year the teacher should request an increase of five to ten percent for the purchase of music. If a teachers list is updated yearly then the items on the second and third list will likely be approved when funds become available. Usually a written justification is needed for larger-ticket items to prove educational value (Phillips, 89). Another way a teacher can organize these lists is into operating expenses and nonrecurring expenses. This can help the teacher see which expenses will happen yearly and which are a one-time fee. For me as a new teacher, I think the most important thing you can know is what your budget is. Some schools also have your budget broken up for you so that you can only buy certain things with
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