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 87: The Intersection of Music Education and Industry
Have you ever debated changing careers? I’m a prime example of someone who loved teaching, would happily go back to teaching, but took a great leap of faith to refocus my career on what I’ve viewed as a more impactful personal mission. You shouldn’t have to start back at the beginning of your bachelor’s degree to find a job to match your skill set—there are lots of ways to use your education and music background, and this episode will cover many of them.
Episode 86: Rethinking Rehearsal and Performance
As music educators, so much of what we tend to focus on stems from ensemble performances, sometimes neglecting what music education can and should be for our students in the process. We’ve measured ourselves by concert performances and adjudicators scores instead of what we should be focused on: creating passionate musicians.
Episode 85: Keep on Going
How do we make students show up, do the work, and follow through? What’s the difference between being special and being significant? How can we get back to loving our work, when our work feels so different from what we wanted to get into? How can we be more resilient?
Episode 84: Recapturing Your Music Students
Let’s talk about the elephant in the virtual classroom: student engagement. We’ve heard about students quitting music for a variety of reasons, but the truth is if they are still loving music then they will either not quit, or if they do, they will come back.
Episode 83: Counterintuitive Approach To Battling Burnout
Just as the times are so different right now, we have to flip things on their head and talk about the other side of things. In this episode, we’re going to talk about some counter-intuitive approaches to battling those feelings of anxiety, stress, and burnout that you may be experiencing.
Episode 82: Helping Students Through Hard Times with Cameron Jenkins
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?
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Love this podcast!
Elisa is an amazing mentor and this podcast is so helpful for music teachers!
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!
Excellent work, Great atmosphere
I love the content and the honest and inquisitive way its presented.