Music Educators

“Music is the divine way to tell beautiful poetic things to the heart.”
~Pablo Casals

"Music begins inside human beings, and so must any instruction. Not at the instrument, not with the first finger, nor with the first position, not with this or that chord. The starting point is one's own stillness, listening to oneself, the "being ready for music," listening to one's own heartbeat and breathing."
~Carl Orff

Teaching music is complex and multi-faceted. In the classroom, teachers are not just passing along information, they are creating well-rounded, creative, imaginative human beings.

This not only requires great knowledge and expertise, but lots of energy and a willingness to give. Teachers are tasked with the duties of taking care of hundreds of students and themselves at the same time.

This can be an overwhelming and exhausting challenge. The good news is that there are skills to help maneuver this obstacle course, both for you and for your students.

Some of the benefits of mindfulness training are:

  • Stress Reduction
  • Greater Relaxation
  • Empathy
  • Sense of Well-being
  • Less anxiety
  • Self-Awareness
  • Self-Regulation
  • Compassion
  • Better sleep
  • More positive

Just as developing the skills and technique to play a musical instrument requires time, patience, and practice, so, too, does learning to be open to the moment and acquiring the tools to be present. Practice is necessary to be able to let go of negative self-talk and to either release performance anxiety or to put it to more productive use. An intimate relationship is necessary to understand one’s feelings and how thoughts may simply be thoughts or may or may not carry the truth. This path to a deeper relationship with oneself requires dedication and deep listening.

~Michelle Jamieson

Mindfulness for Music Educators Program

With educators experiencing higher and higher levels of stress and feeling more anxious, worried or overwhelmed, many are turning to mindfulness to help. Mindfulness holds many benefits for music educators, both in regards to self-care and in the classroom. Mindfulness has been shown to develop skills to work with stress and deal with strong emotions, to reduce worry and promote relaxation, and to improve focus and concentration. This program is designed to help music educators integrate mindfulness into their lives so they can live life to the fullest and show up for their students engaged, attentive, and fully present.

  • 8 weekly 2-hour sessions (online)
  • Exercises for skill development
  • Weekly homework assignments
  • Collaborative learning opportunities
  • Teacher and peer support
  • Half-day retreat
  • Access to exclusive programs, classes, and retreats

Up to three graduate level credits are available for this course through the University of the Pacific’s Courses For Teachers Program. Details can be found here.

Cost: $300

I've been playing drums for about 20 years with the only frustrating purpose of avoiding mistakes. With a few mindfulness lessons I learned how to enjoy music, getting into the flow and have fun! Thanks Michelle!"

~Mirco in Italy

SEL and Music Education Program

CASEL has identified five components of Social and Emotional Learning:
  • Self-Awareness
  • Self-Management
  • Social Awareness
  • Relationship Skills
  • Responsible Decision-Making

We all know how important it is for students to develop these skills. Music classes provide an optimal place for SEL to flourish, especially since many of these skills are inherent in music education, composition, and performance. This program focuses on learning how to integrate SEL skills into your curriculum, whether you teach in a music classroom or a rehearsal space, giving private lessons or teaching small or large groups of students.
Open to graduates of the SEL and Music Education Program or those who have participated in MBSR or another mindfulness program.

  • 6 weekly 90-minute sessions (online)
  • Enhancement of personal mindfulness skills
  • Weekly homework assignments
  • SEL in music advocacy
  • Development of lesson plans
  • Collaborative learning opportunities
  • Resources and additional support

Cost: $150

It was wonderful and generous of you to spend time sharing your expertise with our students! Cal Poly lives and breathes by the mantra (or official motto) "learn by doing," and the practices you shared will continue to release their benefits in the time to come. Taking us through those practices/exercises certainly was most effective at bringing them to understanding. I know some of the students also directly expressed their thanks for your sharing and your message.

One of my students this morning remarked how the practice of being "in the moment" helps to focus on the immediacy of her playing, rather than on what might have gone wrong in the previous phrase."

~Christopher J. Woodruff, Director of Bands

Mindfulness can be done anywhere at anytime. Try it now with this 9-minute practice focused on relieving stress...

2020-21 Schedule


Mindfulness for Music Educators
Sessions conducted online through
(No BlueJeans account required)
  • Sessions
    Thursdays, October 1st - November 19th, 2020 (5:00-7:00pm PDT)
  • Half-Day Retreat
    Saturday November 7th (8:00am-11:00am)


Mindfulness for Music Educators
Sessions conducted online through
(No BlueJeans account required)
  • Sessions
    Thursdays, January 14th - March 4th, 2021 (5:00-7:00pm PDT)
  • Half-Day Retreat
    Saturday February 27th (8:00am-11:00am)

SEL and Music Education
Sessions conducted online through
(No BlueJeans account required)
  • Sessions
    Tuesdays, January 19th - February 24th, 2021 (5:00-7:00pm PDT)

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