The purpose of the Supporting Beginning Music Teachers ASPA is to identify and describe effective models of mentoring, induction, professional development, and continued support programs for new music teachers, and encourage further research and strategic action in this area.
Facilitator: Christopher Baumgartner
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The Supporting Beginning Music Teachers ASPA established the following action items at the 2015 SMTE Symposium:
- Change the name and focus of our ASPA to better reflect the inclusiveness and needs of beginning music teachers (completed at the 2015 Symposium).
- Creation of Beginning Teacher and Mentor Teacher toolkits on the NAfME webstite; determining multiple avenues for communication of new information to practicing teacher.
- Develop a set of “best practices” as models for state Music Education Associations when designing music mentor, induction, and professional development programs
- Based on models currently in use by state MEAs and other music organizations as well as extant literature on the needs of beginning teachers.
Beginning Music Teachers Facebook Group
We would like to invite all beginning teachers (including music education students) to join a new group just for you. “Beginning Music Teachers” is a space for beginning teachers to find support from experienced teachers specifically for you and your unique needs, both professionally and personally. No questions are too small. No questions are too big. We hope to see you there!
Presentation at the 2015 Symposium
From left: Jennifer Green, Sarah Stanley, Vanessa Bond, Morgan Soja, Melissa Baughman, Christopher Baumgartner, Bryan Koerner, & Betty Anne Gottlieb.
For more information on our ongoing action items, please visit our SBMT Projects page.