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Serviam Leadership Academy provides resources, such as the articles and videos below, for those interested in learning more about how to become an effective leader or how to develop effective leaders in their program. Feel free to download articles for your own use.
The Three Pillars Of Student Leadership
Student leaders are vital assets in teaching and administering a busy band program. They assist with an array of activities and often serve as front-line points of contact with all other students. As such, they are directly involved in the teaching, learning, and success of students in the program. This article distills the range of responsibilities facing student leaders into three pillars: leadership, teaching, and conducting. Each section discusses the significance of the pillar and offers ways to grow and develop the skills in each area.
When Performance Meets Potential: Finding and Developing Great Student Leaders
The active and broad nature of modern band programs requires that directors utilize student leaders to meet the demands of the various activities, and to facilitate the growth and success both of the members and of the program itself. Student leaders serve as leaders, teachers, conductors, organizers, logistical coordinators and more. As such, it is important that effective leaders be identified and developed. But how do we select quality student leaders, and how are they formed?
Serviam! Cultivating a Servant’s Heart Among Student Leaders
An article on cultivating student leaders in the servant-leadership model. This article includes application of servant-leader principles and offers practical ways to cultivate these among student leaders.
Principles of Strong Ensemble Cultures
An article on culture building in the music ensemble. This article discusses the nature and importance of culture creation in music ensembles and its impact on student lives and musical performance. It offers practical strategies that directors can utilize immediately to create a stronger and more positive atmosphere among students in their ensemble.
Serviam Leadership Videos
Start with “why.” The first step of any endeavor is to identify your motivations for pursuing it. The same is true for leadership. Dr. Montgomery discusses the importance of being able to answer the question of “why do you want to be a leader?”
Dr. David Montgomery
Serviam Leadership Academy is directed by Dr. David Montgomery, Associate Professor of Music at Baylor University. Read more about his experience on the Faculty page.