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Your next music director role means big change, different kids, and an already-established music program.


Smooth your move to a new school for yourself, your music program, and your students with a plan and some intentional actions. Whether you’re a fresh teacher finding your rhythm or a veteran educator getting ready for the next gig, Note to Self is your guide to navigating the transition to your new music teaching job while preserving your physical, emotional, and mental health.


You’ll discover:

  • What to expect during the transition to a new music director role.

  • Essential summer prep for a smoother transition between schools.

  • Simple suggestions for creating community in music class.

  • How to get people onboard with your vision for the music program.

  • Self-care for a balanced daily life during new job stress.


You got the job—now get ready for it! Read Note to Self and step into your new position prepared for a better school year.

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Adrian Gordon is an active performer, composer, and music educator living in Charlotte, NC. Mr. Gordon currently serves as the orchestra director at Providence Day School in Charlotte, NC. He received his B.A. in music from the University of Miami, and his Masters degree in Music Education at Florida International University. In addition to teaching, Mr. Gordon is the founder of Leap Year Music Publishing which publishes string music for elementary, middle, and high school ensembles. Mr. Gordon's compositions appear on the Florida, Texas, Maryland, and Georgia Orchestra Association Music Performance Assessment Lists. His compositions are distributed through JW Pepper and have been performed throughout the world.  He is an active clinician and guest lecturer.

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04 Beautiful Heart
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13 The Way She Loves Him
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04 Breathe Again
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  • California All-State 2023 conductor

  • Northern Ohio Youth Symphony, Feb 2022 - guest clinician  

  • Greater Miami Youth Symphony, April 2022 - guest clinician 

  • ASTA Virtual Conference 2021, Clinician - Underrepresented Composers Reading Session

  • Florida International University String Techniques - guest lecturer

  •  Indiana University Music Education class - guest lecturer

  •     Forsythe Middle School, Ann Arbor, MI - virtual clinic scheduled March 2022

  •     Middletown High School, Middletown, NY - virtual clinic scheduled March 2022

  •    Niles North High School, Skokie, IL - virtual clinic scheduled March. 2022

  •     Springboro High School, Ohio - virtual clinic     

  •     The Northwest School Middle and High Schools, Washington - virtual clinic

  •     Cedar Hill High School, Texas - virtual clinic 

  •     Lawrenceville Middle School, New Jersey - virtual clinic

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