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
This is a guest post by Steve Giddings from StevesMusicRoom.com. Thanks, Steve! Be sure to check out his blog and Facebook page links at the bottom. -Elisa It can be difficult, especially during this time of year, to keep positive in this profession. Negativity can be...read more
As Music in Our Schools Month draws to a close, I have to ask myself this question: Though I’m promoting music education in my OWN school…how can I truly help other music educators get what they need in THEIR school? The answer is really quite simple: if I...read more
Music Room Feeling Cluttered? Try these great ideas from Leo over at zenhabits.net How to Tackle Your Clutter POST WRITTEN BY LEO BABAUTA. So you’ve been putting off tackling your clutter for months, maybe even years. Papers pile up on a counter, shelves are crammed...read more
Last summer I couldn’t put down this book: I couldn’t put it down. Not only is it an intriguing storyline- one where this monster of industry even admits his own failings- but there are plenty of inspiring moments. At the time, I was reading it as...read more
When you’re music program is under fire, or your enrollment numbers are dwindling, or you need justification for a boost in funding or staff or hours, then it’s time for you to access all the resources you can get for music advocacy. Today I offer you my...read more
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
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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.