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Creating A Successful Mentorship Program In Middle School Band

This week Nick Averwater talks with  Anastasia Homes, Director of Bands at San Elijo Middle School  in San Marcos, CA. Anastasia was recently named to the  2022 Yamaha 40 Under 40 list of music educators . In this episode, we'll learn more about the people and ideas that inspired her to be a music educator, and we'll also find out about the unique mentorship program at San Elijo Middle School. Our conversation was recorded on July 8, 2022. It's broken up into two... Read More
at Monday, October 17, 2022

Ideas to Inspire High School Students To Pursue A Career In Music Education

This week, Nick Averwater continues his conversation with Mikaela Littleton, Director of Bands at  Mill Creek Middle School  in Nolensville, TN. It's part of the Williamson County School System, which is just south of Nashville. Mikaela is in her fourth year as a music educator, and in this conversation she shares stories about lessons and mentors during her high school years that made it clear that she was going to teach music. She also talks about some of the things she... Read More
at Monday, October 3, 2022

Great Mentors Are Essential To A Band Director's Early Success

In this episode, Nick Averwater talks with Mikaela Littleton, Director of Bands at  Mill Creek Middle School  in Nolensville, TN. It's part of the Williamson County School System, which is just south of Nashville. This week we'll learn more about Mikaela's early influences that encouraged her to become a music educator, some of the lessons she has learned as she begins her fourth year of teaching, and more. Our conversation was recorded July 29, 2022. It's... Read More
at Monday, September 26, 2022

Advising And Encouraging Students Who Want To Pursue A Career In Music Education

Podcast Episode Summary In this episode, Nick Averwater talks with  Dr. Matt Rowan , Director of Bands for the  Pearl School District  in Pearl, Mississippi, a city of around 27,000 just east of Jackson. In this conversation, Dr. Rowan talks about how he knew early that he wanted to pursue a career in music education, in large part because of the many educators along the way who encouraged him. We'll also learn about ways he now serves as a mentor for leaders in his... Read More
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