So you know how some parents seem to feel like it’s utter punishment to attend your school music concerts? They’re on their phones from the moment they walk in the door until they sneak out to take a call and then leave as soon as their own child is...read more
So you’ve come to the conclusion that you need more funding and you’re ready to do the work to run your very first fundraiser. Congratulations! This guide is meant to help make things as easy as possible so you can get the most money from your efforts. We...read more
Music teachers be busy up in here. Think of a typical school teacher then add another 1/3 to the workload. With after school programs, more variety in the classes we teach, and all the side-jobs we do you can just imagine what our typical day looks like. Add to that...read more
This month is all about getting you the funding you and your students deserve. If you’ve been following my blog for any length of time you know that my #1 interest is in getting you the support you deserve for your program so you can have a long and happy...read more
Getting back into the swing of things this school year, I’ve found that more than any year past I’m having to work closely with the other teachers in my school. And, to be honest, I’m struggling a little. Mostly it’s because I finally insisted...read more
Yeah, that’s right. I’m calling you out! All of us music teachers who give so much to our jobs and neglect our physical fitness and well-being. You know who you are. Let me tell you a true story, and I hope this friend forgives me for sharing. So a friend...read more
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
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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.