Data Collection and Music Program Fundraising

Data Collection and Music Program Fundraising

Fundraising is a necessary “evil,” required for most of our programs to survive and flourish. Unfortunately, few music educators were also trained as accountants. Because sloppy accounting often looks very similar to mismanagement of funds, we all need to add careful data collection to the skills we use in the classroom each year.

Data and the Art of Student Progress

Data and the Art of Student Progress

I have heard the following comment many times, from many judges’ recordings, from many festivals:

“I hope my comments were helpful.”

In this context, this comment has always made me wonder. Why would anyone ever attend a festival without making changes that benefit their students?

Music Ed Mentor Podcast #013: Tips For Job Transitions

Music Ed Mentor Podcast #013: Tips For Job Transitions

Whether you’re just getting started in music education or are thinking about a new position, you likely have questions about getting a job. Depending on your situation, you may not even know how to get started on your job search.

In this episode, I speak with five educators with experience in the field.

Get Your Music Program What It Needs by Embracing Data

Get Your Music Program What It Needs by Embracing Data

Being a school music director involves so much more than teaching, assessing, and managing students. The tasks required to run a music program of any size can be daunting, and often, our preservice training doesn’t provide sufficient administrative background needed to navigate some of the biggest challenges of the job.

Preparing Future Music Educators

Preparing Future Music Educators

Many music educators can point to a specific mentor (or mentors) who made the idea of becoming a music educator seem like a real possibility to them. Encouraging students interested in music education, and providing them with related experiences, can be extremely rewarding. Not only can this encouragement produce very real long-term benefits to your program, it can play a significant role in shaping the future of a young person’s life.

Sharing Data with Parents

Sharing Data with Parents

Parents are as unique as students – and teachers. Many are very invested. Some won’t attend a single concert all year. Much of this depends on the individual, but both the culture of your school and your communication with parents can play a role in shaping the quality and frequency of their interaction.

Siri, Artificial Intelligence, and My Impending Obsolescence!

Siri, Artificial Intelligence, and My Impending Obsolescence!

Whether you’re a techie or not, you can’t help but be amazed by the wave of innovation that is transforming our lives. Artificial intelligence, advanced analytics, and the inter-webs (that’s a super-technical term) are changing the way we think and live.

Computers, with no help from humans, can now schedule appointments, order groceries, make movie recommendations, monitor your home and unlock your front door.

Music Ed Mentor Podcast #012: Live from NAfME!

Last week I had the pleasure of attending the 2017 NAfME National In-service Conference. It was the experience of a lifetime. I had a blast meeting educators, talking about burnout (thanks everyone who attended my session), and hearing students make music.

Conferences are one of the best ways for us to challenge ourselves as educators.