Music Ed Mentor Podcast #66: New Year, New You

New Year New You

As we start the new year, I wanted to present an episode that is a bit different from our typical episodes. Today’s episode is a story. It’s about a boy who had all of the advantages in life, but still had a hard path – a path that you might recognize.

I want this story to inspire you, so I want you to hear it from him. Jake Douglass, today’s guest, was raised by affluent parents, and was introduced to music at a very young age. Throughout childhood, he studied Suzuki flute, piano, saxophone, voice, and percussion. He still practices drums for hours each day despite a busy schedule founding and running a music education company.

Jake’s story and transformation have lessons that apply to all of us. I’m excited to share his views on healthy passion, focus, self-awareness, and helping students to have transformative experiences in this new year. However, I also need to offer a COA. You should also know Jake’s story includes references to drug abuse, possibly sex, and incarceration. If that’s not your thing, or if you have little ones in the room, you may want to skip this episode or put in headphones.

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Topics Covered

  • Finding a healthy passion
  • Building a practice
  • Developing consistency
  • Working on self-awareness through practice

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Elisa Janson Jones

An experienced K8 music educator, Elisa Janson Jones specializes in helping music educators build, manage, and grow thriving school music programs and have long and happy careers. She holds a bachelor of music from Brigham Young University and a master of business administration from Western Governors University. Elisa uses her vast and diverse skillset to help nonprofits, businesses, and music educators around the world. She serves as conductor of her local community band, a columnist for SBO Magazine, and maintains a private lesson studio. Elisa is a nationally-recognized speaker, the host and producer of the Music Ed Mentor Podcast, founder of the International Music Education Summit, and author of The Music Educator’s Guide to Thrive.

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