Episode 25. Setting up for Success: The First Weeks of School


Are you feeling overwhelmed with the amount of tasks that need to be done before the school year starts?  As a music teacher, the back-to-school preparation can be daunting. But don’t worry! We’ve got you covered! We’re sharing how we effectively and efficiently prepare for and kick off the school year so you can feel confident and ready for your students to arrive!

Knowing how to make the best use of the first weeks of school is something we’ve figured out after several years of trial and error. We want to save you the stress of figuring it out on your own! In this episode, we are sharing what we prioritize and what we no longer do during teacher prep week, a breakdown of what we do with our elementary students during the first weeks of school, and how we kick off the school year with our middle school students.

Back to school season is right around the corner and we hope that these tips and strategies help to reduce the stress of the first month of school! If you have any additional tips or would like to share what you do during the first weeks of school, we’d love to hear from you! Join us inside our Facebook group and join the conversation with other band teachers. 

In this episode we cover:

  • What tasks we make sure we complete during our teacher prep week before students return
  • How we spend the first 5 weeks with our elementary students and what we do before they even begin playing their instruments
  • What the first weeks of school look like for our middle school band classes

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The First Six Notes Podcast with Classroom Composers is for band teachers and string teachers looking for great information from experienced teachers. 

Every other week, we’ll dive into everything about teaching band and string music students. We’re covering everything from pedagogy to fundraising and interviewing successful music teachers, composers, admin, professional private studio teachers, and more to uncover and share their strategies for musical success. 

Classroom Composers is a married team of two music teachers, Kevin Hoff and Jessica Frank. Between the two of us, we have experience teaching K-6 general music, elementary 4/5 band/strings, and middle school band/strings/guitar who want to share our knowledge and experience with other teachers.

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