Kids in a New Groove

What to Expect

Mentoring is a structured and trusting relationship with a shared opportunity for learning and growth. An effective music mentor understands that their role as a teacher, guide, and motivator, is to be dependable, engaged, authentic, and tuned into the needs of their student. 

Kids in a New Groove draws inspiration from the practice of music therapy, which provides avenues for communication, through musical involvement, that can be helpful to those who find it difficult to express themselves in words. A study completed by Northwestern University found that music is an effective strategy for helping to close the achievement gap, stating, "[Music is] an ongoing part of children's education, making music can have a profound and lifelong impact on listening and learning." (Klein, 2014)

As a Music Mentor, remember to:

  • Model Behavior - what you do is just as important as what you say
  • Encourage - help your student build self-esteem and self-confidence
  • Focus on Positive - approach challenges from a place of optimism and possibility

The most important part of your music lessons with your student is the time you spend together. It's about the relationship - music is simply the vehicle to establish one. It is possible not a note of music will be played or sung some weeks. Other times, you might have sessions of musical growth and achievement. 

Building a Relationship: 

It's important to remember that you are working on building a relationship with your student. At the start of getting to know your student, your relationship might be one-directional, and you might experience some frustrations, but keep in mind that you are making an impact in your student's life even if you might not know or understand what that is. 

It takes time to establish a relationship. You and your student will each have your own set of expectations, hopes, and experiences. We want to ensure you start off building that trusting relationship, with the right tools by considering the following: 

  • being reliable, consistent, patient, and persistent with your student
  • having fun together and creating shared memories
  • listening to cultivate understanding 
  • having mutual respect for each other

One of the best ways to build trust is to help students accomplish something that is important to them. As their music mentor, you must take the time to help your student identify the goal(s) they want to accomplish, view it realistically, break it down into small steps, and explore ways of reaching the goal. 

Still have questions about what mentoring looks like? Email sarah@partnershipsforchildren.org

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"Working with Conner has been a life changing experience. The connection created through musical mentorship is both humbling and spiritually rewarding. I'm thankful to KING for the opportunity to make a positive impact in Conner's life as he, in turn, has made a positive impact on mine."

- KING mentor on working with his student

"Thank YOU! Luke's instructor Alan has not only profoundly opened his musical abilities up and made it fun, but he is also a life mentor who has taught Luke dedication, discipline, grace and accomplishment through hard work. We feel very blessed that he is part of Luke's life. Thank you for the opportunities you have given him through your excellent programming."

- KING foster parent

"We appreciate the mentoring Alan provides David, it has made a positive influence in his life. We are VERY proud of his musical progress."

- KING foster parent

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