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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
At this time 10 years ago I was just wrapping up my final concert at the school where I’d gotten my start in teaching. I LOVED my job. I was really pretty good at it- I had doubled the size of my band program and had hired an orchestra teacher because I’d...read more
Using Your Summer Wisely: 5 Easy Steps You Can Take This Summer to Be a Better Music Teacher This Fall
Whether you’re the type of teacher who packs their summer with private lessons, works a second job, or just lounges by the pool, there are a few things you should consider adding to your summer line-up that will help you be an even better teacher this fall. Here...read more
I have a reputation now. It’s for standing-room-only performances. Why is that? It’s easy! I create programs that incorporate popular music, movement, instruments, and adorable students who know how to sing musically. It’s a winning combination....read more
Mixed feelings with the end of the year approaching? Well put them aside and let’s get things done! I’ve asked music teachers from all over the country what things HAVE to get done to close out the end of the school year and combined it with about 10 other itemized...read more
So I’ve decided since I have 3 different businesses I’m managing, it just doesn’t make sense to have them all on my ONE YouTube channel! Thus…I have created the Professional Music Educator YouTube Channel. Check out the welcome video,...read more
You know those days when enough things seem against you that you can barely hold back the tears [or not…and you end up finding a quiet store room to cry in for awhile], and you get home and want to just curl up on the couch with all your comfort items [like that...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.
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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.