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    Iowa Bandmasters Conference

    Our annual conference provides an outstanding professional learning opportunity... A great time to connect and network with colleagues and hear some wonderful music!

  • Mentoring

    We participate in the IAAE Arts Mentor Program serving over 50 first and second year band directors each year.

  • IBARD

    IBARD

    Our retired directors are active participants in our organization... Providing mentoring and leadership.

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    Iowa Bandmaster Magazine

    Published quarterly

Mentorship

Information for First Year and New Teachers

Mentorship Committee Mission Statement

The purpose of the Iowa Bandmaster’s Association Mentorship committee is to facilitate a positive and successful experience for first year and new to Iowa Band Directors through the benefit of mentors.

Some areas where can help:

1. To identify first year and new to Iowa band directors

2. To assign local experienced band directors as mentors for first year and new to Iowa band directors.

3. To assign Iowa Bandmasters Association of Retired Directors (IBARD) to first year band directors if requested. IBARD mentors, through the Iowa Association of Arts Educators (IAAE) and Department of Education (DE) grant, are allowed four visits per mentee to assist in many different capacities such as:

a. Observe and offer suggestions

b. Devise a scheduling plan for a successful band curriculum

c. Discuss quality band literature

d. Assist in rehearsals

e. Assist in a capacity designed by the first year band director

4. To organize, promote and facilitate the instrumental portion of the New Director’s Fall Symposium Workshop.

Our mentorship program is here to help new directors. We do this by matching new (first and/or second year) directors with an experienced director as a mentor to help them throughout the year in a variety of ways. This help might include deadline reminders, suggestions on literature, ideas for rehearsals and performances, introducing them to other directors, or making helpful music contacts in Iowa and beyond. Many times the mentor simply serves as a sounding board, but a sounding board that understands and many times has experienced similar situations.

If you (or a director you know) would like to be a mentor or needs a mentor, please contact Chris Ewan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

We have had a great deal of success with our program with many of our mentors and new directors contacting each other via e-mail and phone as well as visits to their schools. We encourage meeting face to face and attending many Iowa Bandmasters Association (IBA) and other band events/festivals throughout the year. The more events a director attends, the more they can meet with other directors and have a variety of experiences that provides valuable information when deciding the future of their band program. Being involved outside of our schools helps create necessary networks to keep the future of our new directors, music programs, and music education strong and successful.

The mentorship program provides financial reimbursement for Iowa Bandmasters Association Retired Directors (IBARD) to visit schools that employ first/second year directors. These one on one visits are important to physically see the rooms, schedules, and set up the directors are working in. This portion of our program has been a tremendous success and we hope many more new directors will take advantage of this valuable resource.

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The Fall Symposium for First Year Arts Educators is held each Fall. This event is a day-long workshop designed specifically for new and first/second year directors. Sessions have  included “How I Survived My First Year” to a roundtable discussion amongst new, experienced and retired band directors, to IHSMA’s Allan Greiner discussing the rules and regulations pertinent to band directors.

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The Spring Iowa Bandmasters Conference is a valuable tool for all band directors, but also offers a ‘first-year’ track for new directors. The concerts and workshop sessions provide valuable information and refreshing ideas for the classroom. Grants up to $250 each are available for first and second year directors to help cover the cost of attending the IBA conference.

Mentorship Coordinator

Jim Fritz

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IBA Mentor Chair

Chris Ewan, Ames High School

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90th Annual IBA Conference

May 10 - 13, 2017

Des Moines Marriott Downtown

700 Grand Avenue

Des Moines, Iowa  50309