Mindfulness for the Music Educator

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Mindfulness for the
Music Educator

June 7–August 1, 2021

This course provides a venue for learning, discussing, developing and applying mindfulness skills and strategies in the personal and professional life of the music educator. Music educators will engage with the topics of mindfulness, growth mindset, positive psychology and neuroscience to develop methods for maximizing their potential as teachers and raise the quality of their own students’ learning and performance. The course will consist of readings, discussions, writing, and a practical project designed to work for your personal life and for the students and classes that you teach. Students will learn how meditation, focusing on gratitude, deep breathing techniques, living in the now, and a heightened awareness of the senses all elevate one's daily experience. Students will examine their own habits of thinking and develop positive habits of thought that can impact the trajectory of their day and influence their own students in a positive way.

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding and be able to implement elements of mindfulness into your own life.

  • Develop a daily mindfulness practice.

  • Create an application of mindfulness techniques to the music classroom or ensemble.

  • Increase understanding and application of research on the topics of growth mindset and positive psychology into personal and professional life.

Instructor: Dr. Matthew Arau

Arau,_Matthew_headshotDr. Matthew Arau is the chair of the music education department and associate director of bands at the Lawrence University Conservatory of Music in Appleton, WI. In addition, Dr. Arau is on the conducting faculty of the American Band College of Central Washington University and he is the founder of Upbeat Global. He also serves as a Conn-Selmer education clinician, and as a member-at-large on the NAfME Council for Band Education.

Dr. Arau has presented on mindfulness, leadership, growth mindset, rehearsal techniques, and creating positive cultures at the Midwest Clinic, the Western International Band Clinic, NAfME webinars, numerous State and Regional Music Education Association Conferences, the Conn-Selmer Institute, and universities, music camps, school districts, and schools in 26 states and on four continents. He has conducted honor bands in Australia, Greece, Cyprus and Malaysia, the Michigan and Utah All-State Middle School Honor Bands, and the South Carolina All-State Band, and honor bands across the country. He is published by C. Alan Publications, Bandworld Magazine, Conn-Selmer, SmartMusic, Everything Band Podcast, and The Instrumentalist and Hoonuit Online Learning.

Dr. Arau draws on a deep reservoir of 15 years’ experience as a successful middle school and high school band director in Loveland, CO, where he led his bands at Walt Clark Middle School and Loveland High School to numerous honor performances and championships and pioneered the Leadership Symposium. Dr. Arau holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in conducting and literature from the University of Colorado Boulder and a Master of Science in Music Education degree from the American Band College. He graduated magna cum laude from Lawrence University, where he earned a Bachelor of Music degree in instrumental music education, music performance (classical), music performance (jazz studies), and a Bachelor of Arts degree in government.


Mindfulness for the
Music Educator

Course Code 7521

Dr. Matthew Arau

3 Graduate Credits

$1,065, due in full with registration

Chat Sessions
Sundays, 6:00-7:00 p.m. CST,
June 13 & 20, July 11 & 25

Required Texts
Mindfulness for Teachers: Simple Skills for Peace and Productivity in the Classroom by Patricia A. Jennings (W.W. Norton)

Mindfulness for Beginners: Reclaiming the Present Moment—and Your Life
by Jon Kabat-Zinn (Sounds True)

Students are responsible for purchasing all required materials.

Recommended Texts
Click here for a list of recommended texts for this course.

Software/hardware requirements
Internet access is required.

MECA Online
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Schoology is a learning management system that allows you to interact directly with your instructors, fellow students, and members of the greater VanderCook community.

Summer 2021 MECA courses officially begin on Monday, June 7. Soon after you register, be on the lookout for an email from Schoology with log-in instructions. Once you receive credentials, visit to login. On the morning of June 7, you'll have access to your classroom and course material.

Some courses have specific online chat meeting times (please see course descriptions), while others have a flexible meeting schedule. You can expect all courses to meet together in a live online chat. If a live meeting time doesn’t work, you can work with your instructor to make other arrangements.

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