2022 Colorado Music Educators Association Conference 2022 Colorado Music Educators Association Conference

Overcoming Burnout Through Completing the Stress Response Cycle

Broadmoor Hall F

Megan Lewin
Westminster High School, Band Director

Megan Lewin is the Director of Bands at Westminster High School where she conducts Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Concert Band, Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Laboratory, Marching Band, and Pit Orchestra. Mrs. Lewin received her Bachelor of Music Education Instrumental Emphasis from The Hartt School in Hartford, Connecticut summa cum laude and Master of Music Education with a Cognate in Conducting from the University of Colorado Boulder. A passionate educator, Mrs. Lewin acts as the Band Coordinator for the Adams County Honor Festival, presents at national and international conferences, and hosts practicum music education students from CU Boulder. She is also the Colorado State Chair for Women Band Directors International where she works to support women in the field of band.

Are you currently battling burnout? Or looking to prevent it? In the field of music education, we often wear our stress as a badge of honor, but it is time to take back our mental health and develop habits that bring us fulfillment throughout our careers. In this session you will learn concrete tools to overcome burnout for you and your students based on the research by Dr. Amelia Nagoski, Dr. Emily Nagoski and their book, “Burnout: The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle.” We cannot change the fact that we face countless stressors every day, but we can control the way we react through mindfulness and community care. You will leave this session prepared to complete your own stress response cycle and leave burnout behind.

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