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 weekly 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 classroom is 45 – 60 minutes in duration, and you’ll schedule session based on the school calendar. As mentoring assignments become available you can take on as many or few that 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 if the assigned material doesn't need more work, or the students aren't really ready to tackle it?
A: We trust that mentors have the experience and skills to work with students in a manner and on material that will best help them and the program. If you find that material isn’t appropriate for their skill level or doesn’t require further mentoring work, talk with the instructor on areas you can work with the students to improve their overall ability, or to get them prepared to work on the designated material.
Q: What if I need to cancel a session?
A: Communicate that need directly with the instructor and schedule a new date for the session as the school calendar allows. Unless there are extreme circumstances, sessions should not be cancelled less than 48 hours prior.
Q: What happens if an instructor cancels a session?
A: Work with the instructor to set a new date for the session that fits everyone’s schedule. With weekly sessions it may not be possible to reschedule all cancelled sessions.
Q: Do I have to notify Northwest Music Mentors about session schedules or cancellations?
A: Mentors are fully responsible for session schedules, and we only need to be notified if you need to cancel a session and are unable to contact the instructor.
Q: What about snow days?
A: Anytime there are potential school cancellations, you’ll need to check with the district website on their policies and schedules, and if they are on a reduced schedule contact the instructor to see if they wish to conduct any scheduled sessions on those days. It’s advised to have a conversation when dates are scheduled during winter months on how you and the instructor can communicate with each other in the event of cancellations or schedule changes.
Q: When and how do mentors get paid?
A: We send payments monthly once we receive confirmation from both the mentor and instructor that a session has been completed. Submit a Session Completion Notification
by clicking Session Completion Notification
from the For Partners
Q: I haven't been contacted or selected to be a mentor. Is there's something I need to do to be chosen as a mentor, or is there a way to get more assignments?
A: Mentoring assignments are based on what areas ensembles need help with, and how much budget is available for programs to bring mentors to their school. Make sure your profile is up to date and accurate, and if you’d like, someone with Northwest Music Mentors can review your profile and offer suggestions for improvement.
Q: Will I get to see survey results from the classrooms I work with?
A: Absolutely, we’re committed to providing our mentors with feedback on their work, and improving our programs as needed.
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.