Please Note the Time Changes for all Zoom Gatherings effective June 1st.

MBA is pleased to launch this new initiative.


Are you looking for a way to connect with fellow MBA community, PD, sharing stories, and more.....?

If the answer is ‘Yes’, then you might be interested in the MBA Zoom Gatherings.

To participate, simply follow the instructions found below, register for the session of your choice, and the zoom meeting details will be sent via email upon registration.  Some session have a registration limit so has to help with the scope and manageability of the sessions.  Please let us know if you have any questions.  Got an Idea for a topic or session, simply add it to your registration form.  The committee is made up of Matt Abraham, Cheri Foster, Bill Kristjanson, Alain Guilmette, Chloé Plamondon, and Janet Yochim.   If you have questions, ideas, or need a hand regarding the zoom gatherings, please contact Matt Abraham.  The sessions will be recorded so that we have the videos and the chat section so that we can extract any additional key comments, resources, links, etc...  Results will be posted in the On-Line Resources Folder.

“The Answer is in the Room” (recurring weekly)

 Every Friday at 2:00PM.  Register for this event on-line here each week!

The MBA invites you to “The Answer is in the Room” – an informal weekly meetup for band teachers to connect and reflect with each other, hosted by Janet Yochim and Bill Kristjanson.  Registrations are reset each week, please re-register each week to get the link.  You are encouraged to bring your questions for those who have expertise, and your expertise for those who have questions!  These sessions will be recorded, but not posted.  Please consider joining us this Friday at 3:00pm – use this link to let us know you’ll be coming <Register Here>, the Zoom information will be distributed via the email you used to RSVP.  Looking forward to seeing you all on Friday!



On-Line PD Sessions

Session One:  Darrell Chrisp • Nurturing Community in Your Band Program

Tuesday May 12 at 3:00-4:00PM.  Register here for this event.

An interactive session presented by Darrell Chrisp. Darrell will present engaging ideas, host discussion, and answer questions.

Session Two:  Alain Guilmette & Matt Abraham • Tales from the Back Row

Tuesday May 19 at 3:00-4:00PM.  Register here for this event.

Matt & Al will discuss engaging your percussion section in the “everyday” classroom environment, percussion pedagogy tips for classes and rehearsals, and ideas for developing your budding percussionists.

There will be an extensive Q and A session – no percussion question is off limits!

Session Three: Erin Dodds, Brooklyn Friesen, Graydon Cramer, Meaghan Graham, and Anna Penno

Topic:  Embracing the Awkward Family Photo: A Portrait of Collaboration

This dynamic crew will candidly frame their experience of teaming and collaboration within the Brandon School Division.

Tuesday May 26 at 3:00-4:15PM.  Register here for this event.

Topics will include:

- Timelapse - A historical overview of how this came to be
- Panoramic of structure
- A close up of team teaching - Don’t be Selfie-ish  
- A snapshot of our calendar of events
- Positive impacts and negative images


Session Four:  Wendy Zander McCallum

Topic:  Systematic Preparation for Instrumental Instruction:

Planning for Joy in September.

Tuesday June 2 at 2:00-3:00 PM.  Register here for this event.

Wendy Zander McCallum will be discussing how instrumental music

teachers can make decisions and build systems to customize their

classrooms in our "new" environment. 

Session Five:  Alexis Silver & Greg Crowe

Topic:  Self-care, and a little bit more….

Tuesday June 9 at 2:00-3:00 PM.  Register here for this event.

Sharing and collecting ideas for consideration in general and in

COVID19 times.

What might this summer look like for self-care?

We can be our own best resource.

Session Six:  Cheryl & Darryl Ferguson

Topic:  Will They Be There When This is All Over? 

Recruitment and Retention in COVID-19 Times….and Beyond

Tuesday June 16 at 2:00-3:00 PM.  Register here for this event.

Cheryl & Darryl will discuss ideas for encouraging student participation

in Band programs, from Middle School Recruitment to Retention

through High School.  This session will explore the challenges of

recruitment and retention in good times and in bad, and will provide

suggestions and ideas for overcoming these challenges. 

​​​​​​​​​​Additional on-line PD sessions will be posted here as they become scheduled. 

We plan to record and post these PD 1 hour sessions within 24 hours of the session being completed. Posted Here!


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