Music Ed Mentor Podcast #72: The Frustrations of Teaching Online and What You Can Do About Them

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A couple of days before recording this episode, I posted a little poll in the Music Educators Creating Online Learning Facebook Group. I asked one small, tiny question: What is your biggest frustration with teaching online right now?

My goal in this episode is to try offering a handful of answers and a whole lot of validation towards whatever you are feeling right now. Whether you’re feeling frustration, silliness, joy, gratitude, anger, or fear—whatever you’re feeling—it is validated.

Though there were a dozen responses added to the poll, today’s episode will address the top 5 frustrations that music educators are experiencing during remote instruction and tips for how to handle them.

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Topics Covered:

  • Adapting to change when you’re unprepared
  • Staying connected with students
  • Meaningful activities for ensembles
  • Balancing doing too much vs. not doing enough
  • Treating online learning as another tool in your toolbox

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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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