How to Mentor Amazing Musicians in Your School [7FMS Ep. #29]

by Daniel Patterson


Over the past six months, we have shared how Brooklyn Music Factory has used repeatable processes and systems to run an efficient school.

But, in all that time… we still haven’t discussed one of the core systems that makes BMF tick.

Specifically, the Musician’s Journey Report… a tool that teachers at the school use to reflect on a student’s progress… as well as predict and plan what that student will do next.

This is the backbone of the school… it helps assist in the training, accountability, and development of the teachers.

It helps students by making music lessons more than just “turning the page” in the book.

It helps parents by keeping them connected to a student’s progress… as well as keeping them informed as to what their child is accomplishing.

If you desire to run a school that retains students and teachers… you need to consider using a tool such as this.

In this episode, Nate reveals what this kind of reporting system can do for your school… as well as how to adapt it for your own needs.

Click below to listen to the episode and see an example of the Musician’s Journey Report..



Or, check out the video version of the podcast:



Here’s what we cover in the episode:

  • How Brooklyn Music Factory has consistent quality with their 500+ students
  • What makes getting a Musician’s Journey Report so positive for students?
  • Why Musician’s Journey is an opportunity for BMF to educate teachers about building a vision for their students
  • What makes the Report more than just an assignment record
  • Doesn’t the method book lay out the “musician’s journey”? i.e… why would I need a supplement?
  • Does the department head of your school look at each report?
  • This is a great tool… but I don’t want it to just become “busy work” for my teachers – how do I build investment & passion?
  • Where can I expect to be in 3 years if I use Musician’s Journey?
  • Further benefits of the Report to students and your school


See an example report that has been filled out

Here’s an additional example


Do you have questions or further thoughts?

We won’t know unless you reach out and tell us!

You can do so by contacting us here.

Very best,
Daniel and Nate


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Daniel Patterson is a private teacher, writer, and marketing consultant for music schools. He began teaching in 2004. He co-founded and led marketing operations for a summer music camp that sees over 200 children each summer.

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