Q: In your programs, what does a mentor do?
A: Our mentors work in coordination with music instructors during classroom hours with a group of students on specific instruments or families of instruments (section rehearsals). A mentor conducts each session based on their expertise and teaching style, working on material the music instructor has designated would be most beneficial to the students.
Q: When are the sessions/sectionals done?
A: All sessions are break-out sectionals done during the same classroom time as the ensemble rehearsal.
Q: How many sessions are done for each classroom?
A: Our programs are designed to have three sessions per concert season leading up to the concert or other event scheduled for that quarter/semester.
Q: How much time is required to be a mentor?
A: You get to determine your availability and how many mentoring assignments you take on. A single mentoring assignment will usually be less than an hour in duration, and you’ll schedule one session every two to three weeks prior to the seasonal event for that ensemble. As mentoring assignments become available you can take on as many or few that will fit your availability.
Q: If I become a mentor, do I have to take all mentoring assignments I'm offered?
A: No. If your schedule is full, you’re not expected to take on additional mentoring assignments. If the location isn’t within your preferred region, or scheduling or other factors make it difficult, you’re free to turn down any request.
Q: What about mentoring in schools that don't qualify for funds through Northwest Music Mentors?
A: If a school has their own parent booster organization or funds available in their music budget, we’re happy to work with them to find mentors from our roster. There are a couple of ways this can work, and the music instructor should contact us for determining the best method to get our mentors into their school.