Now Available on Amazon!

[With print and audio book versions coming soon!]

Music Educators are burning out of the career faster than ever before. From frustrations with school administration, to a lack of general health and wellness, to financial and emotional needs we just can’t seem to manage…we all know the demands of being a school music teacher can leave us feeling stripped of vitality and looking for change.

This book proposes a different scenario: one that music educators can create for themselves with the right tools in their toolbox. You’ll be taught how to craft a life filled with financial, social, emotional, and vocational wellness using practical advice you can start applying today so that you’ll be waltzing around your music room tomorrow wondering how they can justify paying you to have this much fun teaching music every day.

Be the first to capitalize on the know-how in ‘The Music Educator’s Guide to Thrive’, grab your copy below:

 

“Elisa’s chapter on Organizational Wellness offers practical starting points for the less organizationally-minded people of the world and affirming reminders for those who already practice powerful routines.  Her rituals don’t restrict – they free you to be at your best!”

-Phillip Meyer

Music Ed Mentor Podcast #017: How to Start a Rock Band

Music Ed Mentor Podcast #017: How to Start a Rock Band

Do you know how to start a rock band? Many schools are starting to incorporate commercial and popular music ensembles as part of their music curriculum. While these approaches have advantages for students, especially in smaller programs, teachers steeped...

Music Ed Mentor Podcast #016: Retention Tips

Music Ed Mentor Podcast #016: Retention Tips

A great recruitment strategy is key to keeping your program healthy and maintaining or increasing enrollment. Equally important is to retain the students you already have. Making sure that kids don’t run off for a shiny new elective is just as important as...

Music Ed Mentor Podcast #015:  Ultimate Recruitment Guide

Music Ed Mentor Podcast #015: Ultimate Recruitment Guide

Savvy music educators know that getting students signed up for their program is a critical part of the job. If your program isn’t growing, it isn’t thriving. Having a great recruitment and retention strategy not only keeps your ensembles sounding great,...

Music Ed Mentor Podcast 014: New Year’s Resolutions

Music Ed Mentor Podcast 014: New Year’s Resolutions

Making New Year’s resolutions is easy. Keeping them is hard. One key is to choose resolutions that make a tangible difference in your life. Resolutions are about more than “setting goals,” they’re about becoming a better person. As regular listeners know,...

Music Ed Mentor Podcast #013: Tips For Job Transitions

Music Ed Mentor Podcast #013: Tips For Job Transitions

Whether you’re just getting started in music education or are thinking about a new position, you likely have questions about getting a job. Depending on your situation, you may not even know how to get started on your job search. In this episode, I speak...

Music Ed Mentor Podcast #012: Live from NAfME!

Music Ed Mentor Podcast #012: Live from NAfME!

Last week I had the pleasure of attending the 2017 NAfME National In-service Conference. It was the experience of a lifetime. I had a blast meeting educators, talking about burnout (thanks everyone who attended my session), and hearing students make music....

Music Ed Mentor Podcast #011: Classroom Management

Music Ed Mentor Podcast #011: Classroom Management

Since launching  the Music Ed Mentor Podcast in June, I’ve tried to keep topics focused on improving the lives of music educators “off the podium.” There are many great podcasts that can help you refine curriculum and have great rehearsals, but not so many...

Music Ed Mentor Podcast #010: Showmanship

Music Ed Mentor Podcast #010: Showmanship

You always strive for truly memorable, enjoyable performances. Concert logistics play a huge role in making sure the show goes off without a hitch, and great rehearsals ensure the music is performed at the highest level. But what about everything else? Really...

Music Ed Mentor Podcast #009: Performance Logistics

Music Ed Mentor Podcast #009: Performance Logistics

Do you have an upcoming concert or recital? Putting on a great event means mastering communication, motivation, marketing, and technology. The logistical details can make or break your concert or recital, while doing a great job with logistics will take things to the...

Music Ed Mentor Podcast Episode 001

Music Ed Mentor Podcast Episode 001

What do you wish you’d known before you became a music teacher? You probably have more than one answer. You might think of those topics you still consider a challenge, obstacles you’ve worked hard to overcome, or issues that you know that other teachers are still...

The Music Ed Mentor Podcast

The Music Ed Mentor Podcast

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....

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