Northwest Music Mentors has several programs that are designed to fit the needs of most music programs, which encourage growth and the continued participation of the student musicians. Each program focuses on a specific instrument or instrument family within a single ensemble, or the entire ensemble, as determined by the music director. Mentors often work with the same students year after year as they progress through each program within a district, providing a connection that helps anchor the students as they move forward in their education.
Focused Mentorship is a year-long program consisting of two to four sessions per month, with the mentor providing instruction to the same group of students throughout the year, allowing consistent instruction and growth for those students. Mentors will work with the same students each year, building relationships and providing pathways that encourages continued participation in music throughout the student’s primary and secondary education.
Similar to Focused Mentorship, Season Mentorship spans a single concert season rather than the entire year. This allows a school to utilize one or more mentors throughout the school year, within a single or multiple ensembles.
The first session is designed for a mentor to work with the students and consult the music director to determine areas of focus that will be most beneficial in the shorter timeframe. The mentor then provides targeted instruction to best assist the students in their individual progress, and to help them to prepare for the upcoming seasonal concert or other event.
In this program, a single mentor delivers two spring sessions at a feeder school (for example, middle school 8th graders), then reconnects with those students in the fall at the next school in the pipeline (e.g., high school 9th graders, one or two sessions). Lead by an instrument specialist, instrument family, or ensemble mentor, this program creates additional continuity for students as they are promoted to their next school.
In the Ensemble Mentorship program, one mentor delivers weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly sessions to an entire ensemble. This program is lead by an ensemble mentor in coordination with the music director.
A single session delivered by an instrument specialist, instrument family, or ensemble mentor.
If you’re interested in bringing our mentors to your school, fill out our contact form and we’ll let you know how Northwest Music Mentors can help your program!