Kaizen in the Classroom Room: How a game-changing Japanese business philosophy can transform your music program.
by Bruce Rockwell Modern choir directors are faced with a daunting range of duties and challenges. The consumers of the choral art (be they audience members, students, or their parents) experience the products of our enterprise: an educational experience or learning...read more
I’ve done some very challenging things in my life. I’ve ridden 108 miles around the White Rim of Canyonlands on my mountain bike in ONE NIGHT [twice]. I’ve summited mountains at 10,000, 11,000, 12,000, 13,000 and 14,000+ feet. I have ridden my bike...read more
“Lack of Funding” is consistently the biggest frustration for school music teachers these days. In an effort to help you find the best funding resources for YOUR program, I’m creating a series of blog posts and podcasts to help answer YOUR specific...read more
I know, I know… you’ve heard it all before. All the things you SHOULD be doing to be the BEST MUSIC TEACHER EVER!! But what does that even mean? How do you define ‘best’ or ‘successful’ or….any of those terms? If you...read more
I’m so pleased to announce this week the official launch of the Music Ed Mentor Podcast! This has been a labor of love for me over the last few months and I’m absolutely thrilled to have partnered with SmartMusic to create this resource for music educators like you....read more
FREE Online Training: How to Create and Fund an Instrument and Inventory Repair and Replacement Plan
Have you ever wondered what it is you need to have ready to ask your principal for more money? Or thought: Wouldn’t it be great to just have all my data in ONE place…enrollment numbers, repair expenses, budgets? Or considered: I don’t have time to...read more
I don’t know about you, but I can’t think of a whole lot of things I’d rather do that talk to my principal about money. If you’re like me, then it’s going to take a little bit of mental prep when it’s time to broach the funding subject with your administration. So...read more
The #1 complaint music educators tend to have is the LACK OF FUNDING for their music program. So today I’m sharing with you 5 resources you should be tapping first when you start to feel that same complaint coming to you. Your PTA Seriously. Though most PTA’s...read more
I know, I know. But I couldn’t resist! I am absolutely thrilled to be one of the presenters at this year’s National Association for Music Education Conference in Grapevine Texas. I do hope you’ll be able to join us there and I would LOVE to meet you if you are. My...read more
Whether it’s new instruments, more repair budget, or a full set of uniforms, there is ONE thing you absolutely have to have before you ask for it. It’s DATA. And the more data the better. From how many kids in each grade on each instrument are in your ensembles now to...read more
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Teaching You the Business Side of Teaching Music.
Have you ever thought about how you’re not just expected to teach, but to basically run a tiny business as well?
I mean, think about it. You have inventory, financials, marketing, human resources, public relations, purchasing….
YOU DO IT ALL.
I know, because I’ve been there.
So why should you take my advice? Here’s a little bit about me:
I’m an educator.
I have been teaching music for nearly 20 years now, and I’ve been engrossed in it from birth, since my dad was a band and choir teacher for 40 years. I have run my own private lesson studio, currently teach in a private Catholic school, and my public school experience gave me the chance to open a brand new school, as well as teach band, orchestra, and general music, as well as hosting every festival known to man.
I am a business consultant.
The last few years have seen me getting my MBA and growing a portfolio of work ranging a wide-variety of industries and many projects and needs. I specialize in strategic solutions. I’m like a business doctor: I listen to the symptoms, find the root cause, and provide a prescription. I also have spent 14+ years working in and out and around music retail, providing services to music educators from clinics to try-out nights to festival judging, as well as helping them find solutions to their needs for support materials.
I am a nonprofit specialist.
From being CEO and Board president of the fledgling Grand Valley Trails Alliance, to COO of the Testicular Cancer Awareness Foundation, and currently serving as the Treasurer on the School District 51 Foundation board, I have been immersed in all aspects of nonprofit management. I’ve done strategic plans, financial accountability, cash flows, donor relations, event management, grant writing, meeting facilitation, business planning, and program development.
My #1 goal is to turn all of my experience, education, and expertise to help teach music educators how to better manage their programs, securing funding, gaining influence, and creating more time so that they can focus on what really matters: teaching music.
But it’s not about me. The point is that I’ve been working hard over the last few years to come up with solutions for music educators. Music educators (and boosters!) like you.
Check out the quality reading and free downloads on the BLOG.
Take a look at the current courses I’m offering.
And offer me YOUR thoughts, experience, and insights as well. Because we’re all in this together.