Music Ed Mentor Podcast #82: Helping Students Through Hard Times

help students

This episode is all about your students. As much as we, as teachers, need help and advice, I think we can agree our students need help too. How can we create a culture around our music program, no matter what the situation looks like?

To help me cover this subject, I’ve brought on my dear friend (and one of the most genuinely happy people I know—I mean, his positivity is positively infectious!) Cameron W Jenkins. Cameron is the founder of Full Potential Leadership, a founding member of REACH Through Music, and Director of Bands at Bayou View Middle School with more than 180 students in their All-Superior middle school band program.

Cameron’s going to walk us through his 5Gs and share with us ways we can shine a light on our students in a way that encourages them to shine their light on others as well. You are really in for a treat!

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Topics Covered:

  • The 5 Gs:
    • Get their name correct
    • Generate a smile
    • Gain common ground
    • Get them talking
    • Guard the culture

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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, a Master of Business Administration, and is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Education in Instructional Design.

Elisa uses her vast and diverse skill set 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 an internationally-recognized speaker, and has presented at national, state, and local conferences as well. She is the host and producer of the Music Ed Mentor Podcast, founder of the Society for Online Music Education, and author of The Music Educator’s Guide to Thrive and The Music Booster Manual.

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