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Palen Music Center Quick Note

Monday, March 19, 2012


Palen Music Center is dedicated to helping children experience excellence, personal growth, and joy through involvement in music. We carry out this mission by supporting area band directors through weekly service, support, educational programs, and quality products. This weekly Quick Note newsletter strives to highlight topics that are immediately helpful in the classroom. Comments, suggestions, ideas, and articles are always welcome.


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The Successful Educator:
A Collection of Success Makers & Breakers

The content from this article was written by Dr. Belva Worthen Prather from Missouri State University and was recently published in the Missouri School Music Magazine. A printable version of the article can be found here. The article was used with permission.

It's a Success BREAKER if you:
  • Expect respect
  • Refuse to compromise
  • Expect to be happy every second
  • Allow ego to rule
  • Lack flexibility
  • Are a control freak
  • Expect instant success
  • Are a perfectionsit
  • Try to be your student's best friend
  • Fail to discipline your class
  • Are lazy
  • Have limited self-discipline
  • Stagnate professionally
  • Procrastinate
  • Take on more than you can handle
  • Are negative
  • Are not sincere
  • Whine
  • Expect disaster
  • Dwell on problems
  • Have a daily pity party
  • Isolate yourself socially
  • Get on a downer and expect others to notice (or care)
  • Compare salaries
  • Are jealous
  • Are too competitive
  • Fail to maintain balance between work and play
  • Job hop
  • Compare yourself to others
  • Refuse to be a team player
It's a Success MAKER if you:
  • Work everyday like you will be there forever
  • Realize that your work is meaningful
  • Are determined to THRIVE within the framework
  • Realize that every job takes effort
  • Plan your work and work your plan (focus)
  • Define success in simple terms
  • Are sincere
  • Are thankful
  • Acknowledge the good
  • Recognize contentment
  • Believe that everything is OK
  • Are positive things will work out
  • Set goals for yourself/for others
  • Are growing
  • Seek mentorship at every age
  • Are uplifting to others: build team
  • Accept that there will be wars
  • Are honest with self and others
  • Stay above pettiness
  • Separate yourself from negative people
  • Accept that everyone has a boss
  • Expect to be part of the solution
  • Count ten blessings in succession when you are feeling down
  • Accept responsibility for making this a great career
  • Are determined to love this job

Contact Your Local Palen Music Center Representative


Can we assist you with anything?  Please contact your local Palen Music Center school road representative for all of your music education needs.


Springfield Bob Hopkins, Wayne Blades, Jason Moore, Mike Steffen, AAron Bryan (417) 882-7000
Columbia Paul Bowen (573) 256-5555
Liberty Ken Crisp, John Bell, and Victoria Clymore (816) 792-8301
Joplin AAron Bryan (417) 781-3100
Broken Arrow Jeff Lawless and Walter Pitts (918) 286-1555


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