Self-Care for Music Teachers


by Sarah Gulish & Danielle Larrick

(20 pages)

This is an eBook for digital download.

Want to know how to achieve a more balanced life as a music teacher? While there is no perfect formula to make life balanced and easy, there are ways in which we can create space and focus to avoid burnout and thrive in our careers. Backed by research and told through the experience of two music educators, this book provides practical tips for music teacher self-care through managing emotions, creating sound spaces, making music fun, outsourcing, and blocking time.


“Self-care” seems to be a buzzword referencing activities that range from finding a little more “me time” to intentionally focusing on mental health. In the field of education, language surrounding self-care for teachers is becoming increasingly prevalent given the high rates of teacher burnout and issues with teacher retention.

In this short eBook, Sarah Gulish and Danielle Larrick, public school music teachers, provide tips for finding balance amongst the stresses that are unique to music teachers. Drawing on research and practice, they outline ideas for: managing emotions by increasing emotional intelligence, considering sound spaces and how to achieve silence in a noise-overload environment, blocking time for increased productivity, outsourcing, and making music fun outside of the job.

This book is full of links to other free content and social media platforms that promote self-care for music teachers.


Danielle Larrick

Sarah Gulish

About the Author

Sarah Gulish holds a Ph.D in music education from Temple University. Since 2007, Sarah has taught at Lower Moreland High School located in Pennsylvania in the U.S.A.. She serves as Adjunct Professor of Music Education at SUNY Buffalo State and Temple University. Her teaching centers on creativity and she is an active researcher, writer, presenter, and clinician at the state, national, and international levels. Her experience as a popular musician has influenced her curricula and philosophy as a music educator and is detailed in her book, Creativity in the Classroom: An Innovative Approach to Integrate Music Education.

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