The MBA is pleased to announce details of its expanding Mentorship Program!


Highlights include:

  • "Complimentary Luncheon" - for first year Band Directors at the Tempo Music Conference MBA Luncheon and AGM - Oct , 2019.  Please register for the conference and select the MBA luncheon, MBA will then reimburse you for the luncheon.  Please contact the MBA office for additional details.

  • A "Visitation Program" where mentors visit first year teachers at their school usually for a half day.  Three visits per teacher may be scheduled and second year teachers may be invited to participate pending the availability of funds.  In almost every case, visits will be at no charge.  Contact Barb Dowsett to begin this program.

  • A "Mentorship Discussion Forum" has been added to the members discussion forums page - Join the Dialogue Today! 

  • “Prelude Conference” - a one day event on Saturday, September 21, 2019 with topics of interest to school band teachers in the first few years of their career.  The conference will be at Maples Collegiate (1330 Jefferson Ave) Featuring Vanessa Nowostawski.  Dialogues, discussions, demos, keynote, lunch and more....  Cost is $20 by September 19th!

"I would recommend that all beginner band teachers attend the Prelude Conference!  As the only music educator in my school, the beginning of the year was sometimes overwhelming.   This conference is a great reminder that you are not alone and that there is a community of seasoned music educators eager to help you have the most successful beginning to your career that you can."     - Justine Burke (Carberry Collegiate)

2019 Prelude Conference Poster/Brochure

2019 Prelude Conference Registration




The program continues to be significantly enhanced thanks to funding from the George Douglas estate. 

Thanks to the Mentorship committee for their leadership in developing and coordinating this program:

Barb Dowsett (chairperson), Bill Kristjanson, Janet Yochim, Chloé Plamondon, and Eric Marshall.



For more information contact 
Barb Dowsett
(204) 867-7172