Connect with the MBA community from the comfort and safety of your home!

The Answer is in the Room

Every Thursday at 7:00PM 


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. 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. Zoom link will be provided upon registration. Looking forward to seeing you on Zoom!


Join us for a casual get together before the holidays. Ugly sweaters encouraged!


Past Zoom PD Sessions

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

Tuesday May 12 at 3:00-4:00PM. 

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.

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

Tuesday May 26 at 3:00-4:15PM.

This dynamic crew will candidly frame their experience of teaming and

collaboration within the Brandon School Division. 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.

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.

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.

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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