2017 - New Mentorship Program through MNSOTA!

We are pleased to launch a new program to enable experienced mentors to sponsor our new string educators in the state, both in the classroom and private studio.  Funding from MNSOTA Board will assist mentors in their time and travel when sponsoring a new teacher.

Interested mentors will be required to attend/view the Mentor Seminar that will provide guidelines and review handouts on mentoring.  Our inaugural session will be offered on Saturday, August 12 from 11:45 AM to 12:30 PM at the MNSOTA All-State Teachers Workshop. If you are unable to attend, this will also be available to view on this website after August 15.

After completing mentorship observations, mentor and mentee need to complete a short evaluation in order for mentor to receive compensation.  See application posted below for the more information.

Questions?  Contact Jane Linde Capistran: or 218-299-4853 (work).

Application Deadline(s):

  • September 15 for mentoring October through June
  • December 31 for mentoring February 12 through June
Previous Program (2016) Informal Mentoring Through MNSOTA and MMEA 

MNSOTA and MMEA work together to create lists of experienced classroom and studio teachers who are available for contact regarding questions and concerns that arise for new teachers. For experienced teachers who volunteer to be mentors, the commitment level involves advising only when called with specific issues. 

Our goal is to meet the needs of new teachers in the field who might be interested in attending workshops, observing veteran teachers, partnering with an experienced teacher for one-on-one mentoring, or simply having a person to connect with via email or phone on an as-needed basis.

For newer classroom or studio teachers, situations may arise in which communication with an experienced teacher would be helpful. There are many experienced teachers who remember the excitement and overwhelming nature of the first years of working in string education and would like to be helpful to you. Please feel free to contact us to ask for advice; no question is too small if it enhances string teaching in our state.

Whether you are willing to be a mentor, or if you want to ask for advice, please contact MNSOTA Mentoring Coordinator Jane Linde Capistran, 218-299-4853, , with your name, phone number and preferred e-mail address. 

You can also contact MMEA Orchestra VP  Jon Larson, or MMEA Executive Director Mary Schaefle
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