TACET for Teachers started as my Google Innovator project. I attended the Google Innovator Academy in July 2019, hoping to find a solution to the problem of music teacher well-being. I had recognized that music teachers were struggling with balance. They were stressed, overwhelmed, and sometimes unhappy in their teaching situations. As a result, those feelings were affecting their personal lives.
The big question was:
“How might we support music teachers in being their best selves in and out of the classroom?”
After surveying many music teachers, I had an extensive list of frustrations and problems that music teachers were experiencing and just as many areas where they needed help. From that, the five pillars of TACET were born.
The Pillars of TACET
I felt the first issue was that teachers rarely stopped or took breaks. Through my experience, I had found that mindfulness and meditation practices, even short ones, were beneficial. I believe that if music teachers could periodically Take Five minutes for themselves, that would be the first step in the right direction.
Many music teachers already know the benefits of taking a break and are also aware of other practices that can help increase their well-being. However, sticking with those practices can be challenging. The next step is helping teachers hold themselves Accountable when changing their lives.
Taking breaks throughout the day will definitely help with our mental well-being, but taking care of our physical well-being is equally important. Our Care of Self includes getting enough sleep, eating well, staying hydrated and exercising regularly. Also of importance for music teachers, we must remember to protect our voice and our hearing.
What may be the most important pillar of TACET it remembering that above all, you are Enough. Many of us struggle with this concept; constantly feeling that we should do more, when in reality, we are already doing enough. Knowing this and believing this is challenging for all music teachers, but it is vital in taking care of your well-being.
Finally, Time Management is another area that can help busy music teachers be most efficient and effective in what they do. With intentional time management strategies, music teachers can accomplish what they need to both inside and outside the classroom.
Together We Are Stronger
The information on this website it meant to help music teachers in areas they currently struggle. The resources should inform, inspire, and help bring positive change to their lives. However, there is power in community.
“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”African Proverb
Consider joining the TACET for Teachers Facebook Group. This group is dedicated to music teachers supporting each other in their quest for better well-being. The goal is to provide additional resources, guidance, and support. Together we are stronger.