Music Ed Mentor Podcast #041: Starting an Elementary Music Program from Scratch

Music Ed Mentor Podcast #041: Starting an Elementary Music Program from Scratch

Today our guest is my friend and elementary music guru, Jessica Peresta. You can discover her blog and online community at the Domestic Musician. Before she was a wildly successful entrepreneur, she built her own elementary music program from scratch. It’s not uncommon for a district to add a new elementary program, not necessarily offer a whole lot of guidance, and look to hire someone like you to build the thing. Where do you start?

Whether you have to create a program from scratch, are taking over a struggling program, or simply looking for new ideas for your elementary program, today’s conversation has tips you can put to use. We talk about resources you can access even with a zero budget, how to manage scheduling, how to avoid wasting time reinventing the metaphorical wheel, and more.

Join us and discover what it takes to get an elementary music program up and running.

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Key Takeaways

  • Step one: clarify expectations with your principal
  • Building relationships is key to classroom management
  • Sticker charts can work!
  • Repetition is a good thing

55 Small Moves for Fun Repetition

This week’s bonus content lists 55 small movements you can use with your students for keeping the beat. I use them by writing each movement on a craft stick, placing them all in a plastic cup, and selecting a student to choose a stick when we want a movement. You can use this for making repetition fun, or even for choreographing an entire song. So fun! Enter your email below to download this free PDF.

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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