Internet Famous! Using Social Media as a Tool for Music Education Advocacy
By kylie calogero
Kylie Calogero is a sophomore music education and vocal performance dual major at the Tell School of Music at Millersville University. She hopes to pursue further education in the field, eventually getting her doctorate and becoming a professor of music education. Kylie is the current National Association of Music Education Chapter 92 president, American Choral Directors Association student chapter vice president, Millersville Chorale secretary, Marching Mustangs color guard captain, and Chromatic treasurer and choreographer. As a member of Chromatic - Millersville’s premiere A cappella group - during its launch into viral Tik Tok fame, she became increasingly interested in the benefits of showcasing music programs and ensembles on social media. With goals of working in music education, Kylie has learned about the importance of advocacy to keep music programs alive and thriving. She wondered how educators could utilize social media to advocate for their departments. Kylie used the oral history methodology to speak with music educators who have experience showcasing their programs online to learn how it has affected them and their students, school, and community. She hopes to implement her findings in promoting a new era of music education advocacy and ultimately revolutionize the opportunities available for music programs everywhere.