71 episodes

The Music Ed Mentor Podcast, hosted by Elisa Jones, is a podcast about the challenges -- and solutions -- that music teachers encounter in their every day lives. Episodes feature a variety of guest educators who offer tips to fellow teachers. The Music Ed Mentor Podcast is sponsored by SmartMusic.

The Music Ed Mentor Podcast A podcast for music educators

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The Music Ed Mentor Podcast, hosted by Elisa Jones, is a podcast about the challenges -- and solutions -- that music teachers encounter in their every day lives. Episodes feature a variety of guest educators who offer tips to fellow teachers. The Music Ed Mentor Podcast is sponsored by SmartMusic.

    Episode 69: What Admin Wants from Their Music Teachers

    Episode 69: What Admin Wants from Their Music Teachers

    This week’s episode addresses the relationships we all have with administrators. As music educators, we have a responsibility to demonstrate the value of the arts and what music does for the greater school community. This can sometimes feel like an uphill battle when trying to gain admin support. What is it exactly that they want from us?

    • 50 min
    Episode 68: Live at TMEA

    Episode 68: Live at TMEA

    In this episode, I turn over the hosting reins to my friend John Mlynczak live from the exhibit hall at the Texas Music Educators Association annual conference. I’ll be honest, I much prefer being the host and instigator, asking the tough questions, and it was a big change to be in the spotlight. I hope you all enjoy this inside look into the Music Ed Mentor Podcast.

    • 30 min
    Episode 67: Copyright

    Episode 67: Copyright

    In this episode we’ll give you some very much needed clarity about copyright for music educators. We’ll share some horror stories in this episode, but don’t worry. Today’s guest is arranger, composer, conductor, publisher, and copyright expert Steve Martin. Steve is going to help us with decisions surrounding real-life situations: streaming our performances, copying our folios, arranging our own pop tunes, or burning CD’s. Not only will we cover what NOT to do, we’ll also learn how to get the permissions to do all that we want and more - legally.

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Episode 66: New Year, New You

    Episode 66: New Year, New You

    Today’s episode is a story about a boy who had all of the advantages in life, but still had a hard path. Jake Douglass, today’s guest, was raised by affluent parents, and was introduced to music at a very young age. 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.

    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.

    • 58 min
    Episode 65: The Music Industry and You

    Episode 65: The Music Industry and You

    One of the smartest things I did in my pre-music teaching life was to work at a music store. I cannot stress enough how important it is for educators to have knowledge of the industry, and to help you gain that knowledge, I have brought on one of my favorite friends, a mentor, educator, music publisher, entrepreneur, marketing guru, and outstanding conference presenter, John Mlynczak.

    • 54 min
    Episode 64: Encouraging At-Home Practice

    Episode 64: Encouraging At-Home Practice

    I know exactly how busy you are right now with the holiday season upon us. Which is why this episode is short, sweet, and to the point. We’re going to talk about some top tips for encouraging your students to practice over the holiday breaks. SmartMusic is one great tool, and to help me come up with even more ideas for how to encourage students to have fun practicing over the break, I turned to two resources: Lou Ann Pope, education specialist for Tonara, and some of our band director friends from Facebook.

    • 21 min

Customer Reviews

Music Teacher 4❤️ ,

Love this podcast!

Elisa is an amazing mentor and this podcast is so helpful for music teachers!

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Fantastic Resource

I recently discovered this podcast from Elisa’s interview on Everything Band with Mark Connor. I love the practicality of the subject matter and her commitment to serving the profession. I would recommend this podcast as an essential resource for any music educator!

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Excellent work, Great atmosphere

I love the content and the honest and inquisitive way its presented.

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