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It only comes around once a year. Kind of like your birthday. Or the last day of school. Or Santa Claus. So it’s time to make the most of it! The National Association for Music Education has proclaimed March to be ‘Music In Our School’s Month’....read more
When it comes to budgeting I’ll be the first to admit that it can be a challenge. When my first school secretary handed me my band/orchestra/general music budget at my first teaching job at a brand new school….I didn’t have a clue what I was looking...read more
I have a confession. But don’t judge me…. Here it is… I never complete my to-do list. Crazy, right?! But it’s true. The good news is: I get the most important things done. And if it isn’t important, then I don’t do it. But this...read more
It was my privilege to shake the hands of our district CFO last week as he congratulated me on the check my foundation just received for $9,280. He was shaking my hand because it was the grant I wrote that was awarded. I had a little internal chuckle because that...read more
When I opened a new school, one of the very first things I did was create a logo for my band and a logo for my orchestra. Now, I can’t claim to be a graphic designer by any means, but since then I’ve created about 25 more…for my own school of music, businesses and...read more
Teaching music is exhausting. Seriously. Whether you’re standing on the podium for 10 minutes at a time, squeezing yourself through the ranks of stands while navigating a forest of clarinets trying to find which one is sharp, dancing in front of your choir as...read more
Whether you’re an under-funded all-in-one music teacher who manages band/orchestra/choir and general music in a small town, or a band-only teacher at a well-funded high school in L.A. you can benefit from a little light reading about management. Managers are decision...read more
A few years ago when I was just getting started with business consulting, I was hired by a client who does ‘energy healing’. Part of my fee for creating a brilliant strategic plan for her was a 1 hour ‘healing’ session. Though I was a skeptic, I have never been one to...read more
Well hey there! It’s been crazy busy around here with the holiday ending… I know you’re in the same boat. So I made a little video blog [VLOG] to let you know not only what I’ve been up to, but what you can look forward to here for all you...read more
As another year draws to a close, most of us teachers are slightly torn. While most of the world is ready to hit the ‘reset’ button, those of us in education are still looking at the back half of a school year. But that doesn’t mean we can’t take this time to make a...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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And offer me YOUR thoughts, experience, and insights as well. Because we’re all in this together.