Like our Focused Mentorship program, this program provides the opportunity for a mentor to work with a group of students on a specific instrument or instrument family on a regular basis within a single concert season. It provides the consistency of having a single mentor instruct the same students over a six to eight week period, and allows the music program to take advantage of this consistency in the event a mentor is needed for only a single season, the director wishes to utilize different mentors throughout the school year, or they prefer to use multiple mentors with different specialty areas within a single season.
Much like Focused Mentorship, the first session is designed for student evaluation so the mentor can recommend approaches to the director for working with the students. The mentor works closely with the instructor prior to the first session to determine what material will be covered in each subsequent session. If evaluation of students’ instruments and set-ups is needed, that would be included in this session.
Subsequent sessions allow the mentor to offer specific instruction and guidance based on student abilities and program goals for that season, based on the performance material and instructor’s needs and concerns.
As the concert season concludes, final preparation for the seasonal concert or other planned events become the focus. At the end of the season, the mentor provides the director a final evaluation of student progress and suggestions on areas that may require further attention.