Music Ed Mentor Podcast #037: Creating Zen in the Music Classroom

Music Ed Mentor Podcast #037: Creating Zen in the Music Classroom

Our last episode featured secrets for staying happy and healthy this holiday season. To build on that theme, this week my guest is Dan Tricarico, author of The Zen Teacher: Creating Focus, Simplicity, and Tranquility in the Classroom. Our discussion will give you some more ideas for staying happy and healthy. It’s up to you whether you implement them during this busy season, or wait to use them to help you start the year anew in January.

In the podcast below we talk about:

    • What we can do to be calmer and more centered: no matter what is happening in the classroom
    • How can we deal with frustrating students, parents, colleagues, and administrators
    • How to bring some zen into your classroom to improve student behavior, increase student retention, and gain an overall joy of teaching

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Key Takeaways

  • Being a zen music teacher can happen anytime, anywhere, for anyone
  • You don’t need a ton of time: start with five minutes
  • Music is the perfect vehicle for a zen moment

5 Apps to Help You Create and Practice Zen

As a bonus, I’ve shared my top five favorite meditation apps to help you create and practice zen anywhere and anytime.

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Additional Resources

Elisa Janson Jones

Elisa Janson Jones specializes in helping music educators build, grow, and manage thriving school music programs. With an MBA alongside her degree in music, she is also a coach and consultant to small businesses and nonprofits around the country, and serves as the conductor of her local community band. She has been teaching music for nearly 20 years and currently holds the prestigious position of elementary music teacher at a private K-8 Catholic School in Grand Junction, Colorado. Elisa was a top presenter at the NAfME National Conference in 2017 and will be presenting at state conferences in 2018. She is the founder of the International Music Education Summit and the author of The Music Educator’s Guide to Thrive.

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