Lindsay Brazell

Music Educator and Creative Professional

Leading in the Presence and Absence of Students

Welcome back to our Starting Monday series! 

When I think about developing young musicians, my greatest desire is for them to be independent enough to learn pitches and rhythms at their own pace. This serves 3 purposes: 

  1. Instilling a high level of music literacy among students.
  2. Establishing an expectation of work ethic in my absence.
  3. Setting students up for success in future musical endeavors. 

I think a unique challenge for educators is to reflect on their leadership when they are not in the presence of their students. Some questions you can ask yourself:

  • What do my students need to know in order to function with a substitute?
  • What do student leaders need to know to lead effectively in my absence?
  • What should my students know when they graduate from my program?
  • Overall, what does a successful student look like in my classroom?

By answering these questions, educators can expand their influence outside of the classroom and further improve their leadership during the school day. 

How are you going to expand your influence outside the classroom?

Have a great week, everyone!


About Lindsay

I’m Lindsay, a choral music educator by day, a singer-songwriter by evening, and a writer when time allows. You can find my latest album, The Room I Found – Lindsay Morelli on iTunes.

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