Curated from Smartmusic’s The Music Educator Blog – by Elisa Janson Jones –
Now more than ever, it’s important for us to practice collaboration and to creatively communicate in ways that are meaningful for others—especially our students. Sometimes we forget how essential these soft skills are for us to learn. Skills like confidently reaching out when we need help, and skills like listening—doing more than just hearing what our coworkers are saying, but really listening for understanding.
In this episode, I am so pleased to bring on a district fine arts administrator with a long career in music education, arranging, and composition. Pete Hazzard is passionate about helping music teachers (and all teachers) really learn how to better collaborate and communicate. We’re going to share some tips for how to work more effectively within your schools, how to build rapport with your co-workers, and all of the many rules you have to follow to keep students safe. We also touch on how you can more effectively feel like part of the community, a struggle for teachers even before online instruction.