Music Ed Mentor Podcast #049: Conferences on Your Couch and On-Demand PD

Music Ed Mentor Podcast #049: Conferences on Your Couch and On-Demand PD

The underlying theme for this week’s very short podcast is innovation, something that we both love and hate in music education. We love to think we’re moving forward, coming up with better ways to do things. We love to try new things and new technology. We like to feel that we are at the forefront. On the other hand, we also love the way things have been done. We became music teachers because of the experience we had in our own music classes as children, and we want to recreate that.

Sometimes we feel that by exploring innovation, we are forsaking what we have always known; that which we have grown to love, that which made us want to be a music teacher to begin with. I’d like to suggest that finding a better way to do something doesn’t mean the old way didn’t work. It just means we are being more proactive in using the tools that we have, the resources that we have, that our predecessors have never had.

The International Music Education Summit begins on Thursday, June 13! While every music ed conference offers so many ways to innovate your teaching, this conference also offers innovations in the way you connect. By removing barriers of time and travel, you are able to interact with remarkable presenters from around the world. You can leverage today’s technology to have an amazing experience, all from the comfort of home.

The International Music Education Summit was created to break down the barriers that can prevent educators from receiving crucial professional development. The 2019 version has even more in store. Check out today’s short podcast to learn more about what this year’s Summit can offer you.

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Key Takeaways

  • The virtual nature of the Summit means it’s more accessible, both for world-class clinicians and busy attendees!
  • While the Summit takes place June 13-15, 2019, registered attendees can watch archived sessions at any time.

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New This Year

The list of presenters this year is remarkable; check it out! In addition to this incredible talent, some of our innovations this year include:

  • A sing-along with Andy Beck, where you get to discover the newest 2 and 3 part choral works from Alfred Publications.
  • A think tank session where you get to offer advice to the makers of Music.iLuv, an award-winning augmented reality app.
  • Three live streamed performances for you, professionally mixed for optimal quality.
  • A Q/A session with doctoral candidate and professional singer-songwriter Lindsay Brazell.

I truly hope you will join us. Go to to check out the event schedule and register today.

Elisa Janson Jones

Elisa Janson Jones specializes in helping music educators build, manage, and grow 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 is a frequent conference presenter, podcast guest, and contributor to music education magazines. 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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