Episode 18. Closing Out the School Year


The school year is quickly coming to a close! With all the excitement that the end of the year brings, it is so important to stay on top of and plan out all the tasks that need to be completed before the year ends. We are sharing ways to simplify the last few weeks of school to make them as stress-free but structured as possible.

You’re likely bogged down with spring concert prep right now and the last thing you want to think about is getting all the end of the year tasks completed. We want to help you get organized and plan for closing out the school year without adding more to your already busy schedule. So in this episode, we are sharing how we have simplified our end of the year processes to ensure all tasks get completed without adding unneeded stress. We are sharing how we backwards plan for the rest of the year, ensure all logistics are set for field trips and concerts, clean and inventory instruments, and keep students engaged once concerts are over. 

You and your students have worked so hard to have a successful school year. You don’t want to let things slide or get missed at the end of the year. We hope that the practical and easy to implement suggestions we have made will help simplify the end of the school year for you and help you and your students end the year on a positive note!

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In this episode we cover:

  • Why you should backwards plan for the rest of the school year
  • How to ensure you have all paperwork and logistics set for end of the year concerts and field trips 
  • What to do after the concert to help students reflect, improve, and relax
  • Our process for cleaning and taking inventory of instruments
  • How to get your classroom prepared for summer with the help of your students
  • Why you should be setting aside any instruments that need to be repaired
  • Ideas for what to do in the last few weeks to still have fun and meaningful class time 

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