You’re always there to support and inspire your students. Isn’t it time you felt supported and inspired?
As a music teacher, you love what you do.
Empowering your students to grow as musicians, helping them to achieve their artistic potential, and seeing how the skills they learn through music positively impact their whole lives — it’s thrilling and satisfying work.
So why is it that you’re always exhausted, overwhelmed, and on the edge of burnout?
You probably know what it’s like…
- Struggling to stay on top of the mountain of tasks you have to do. Between teaching, administrative tasks, gigging, judging, and practicing, there’s just never enough time.
- Worrying that even though you’re a skilled and devoted teacher, you still don’t have all the skills, tools, and knowledge you need to help your students when they come to you with tough questions.
- Watching the boundary between your personal life and your work life disappear and having no idea how to fix it (or if that’s even possible…).
- Feeling lonely and unsupported…and wondering if things will ever get better.
You are not alone.
As a music teacher, I’ve been there.
I know just how overwhelming things can get when your schedule spirals out of control and burnout starts to creep in.
I know how difficult it can be to find resources that actually help you grow as a teacher.
And I know how miserable it is to feel unsupported and alone. Exhausted, overworked, and barely holding it all together.
It doesn’t have to be this way.
I have worked with dozens of professional music teachers like you who are searching for the support they need.
There is no reason for music teachers to suffer in silence.
If you’d like to get organized, learn new skills as a music teacher, and start enjoying your work again, you’re in the right place.
You don’t have to feel overwhelmed, disorganized, and burnt-out. There is a better way to live.
That’s why I created Dynamic Music Teacher — so that music teachers like you can access the empowering resources, innovative tools, and the life-changing support you need to succeed.
Through online courses, workshops, one-on-one coaching, and free blog content, I’m here to support you in your continued growth as a music teacher.
Early in my professional career, I was a perfectionist and workaholic.
Which may seem like a good thing…but it’s really a double-edged sword. On one hand, I was really good at working hard, paying close attention to details, and organizing my work.
But on the other hand, I lived an extremely high-stress lifestyle.
Nothing I did could ever match the expectations that I held for myself.
If I missed an hour of practice time, I would find myself overcome with guilt and worry. Let’s not even talk about vacations — relaxing was out of the question. I was a mess.
I had created an unsustainable professional life in which I was never satisfied. I was always disappointed in myself and I constantly worried that I was failing.
On top of all of that, I felt like I had to do everything by myself.
If I had to ask for help, I was weak. I (wrongly) believed that I didn’t need a support network.
So what happened?
I burned out.
One day, I woke up and realized that my love for music had disappeared.
I hadn’t enjoyed playing for months. My desire to teach had evaporated.
Horrified, I thought my life in music was over.
Thankfully, I was wrong.
Seeing that I was obviously struggling, a mentor of mine recommended I try meditation to help with the debilitating stress I was experiencing.
For the next few years, I dove deep into mindfulness meditation and yoga. I devoured books on sports psychology and interviewed my colleagues to find out what worked for them.
Needless to say, I cast a wide net to find the solutions I needed.
→ I earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree and wrote my dissertation on how meditation can influence performance preparation.
→ I completed advanced trainings in yoga and meditation.
→ And I started sharing what I learned at national and international conferences.
Ultimately, the biggest positive changes in my life occurred when I developed a mindfulness-based approach to daily life based on:
- excellent organization & eliminating overwhelm by simplifying everything
- true enjoyment of professional activities by consistently re-focusing on the joy of daily life
- learning to let go of stress, worry, and self-doubt through mindfulness and meditation
At the end of the day, I believe that we each have the ability to thrive as music educators.
All we need to create the lives we want is support, guidance, and a little bit of effort.
And that’s why I created Dynamic Music Teacher. I am here to offer that support, guidance, and motivation to thrive.
Hi, I’m Travis…
- I love baking bread and drinking excellent coffee.
- I am a proud and passionate professional violist (no jokes, please 😉 ).
- I have an identical twin. If you see me playing bass, that’s not me. Or is it?
- I love cats. ^..^
- I really enjoy being in nature: trail running, bird watching, and taking leisurely hikes with my wife Megan are some of my favorite non-music activities.
I’m thrilled that you’re here.
This is going to be great. If you’d like to learn more about what we do at Dynamic Music Teacher PLUS how I work with music teachers, click this link: Work With Me
Travis has a unique ability to generate a sense of possibility around him. He is a great listener and facilitator, and engages his audience because he genuinely cares about creating positive outcomes and growth for his clients. He creates an authentic sense of connection because he is engaged in the same work, tasks, and struggles as a professional musician himself. I admire his constant effort to create lasting resources for his clients, and to develop and refine his practice and class offerings to the highest level. I am very happy to recommend his work to all my colleagues and students!
Daphne GerlingSenior Lecturer, University of North Texas College of Music
Travis has that rare combination of wisdom and fantastic organization skills that make him a truly remarkable guide for those of us seeking to be better musicians and teachers. In a few hours, I became clearer about my values and my goals than I had been for years. I count the time I’ve worked with him as one of the better investments I’ve made in my work life.
Martha CarapetyanSection Viola, Austin Symphony
Dr. Travis Baird is a mindfulness teacher and performance coach for musicians, helping educators and performers prioritize their goals, manage performance anxiety, and teach with joy. He offers workshops and presentations at conferences, universities, and summer festivals around the United States. In 2018, Travis has been featured in The Strad, Thrive Global, and as a meditation teacher on the popular meditation app, Insight Timer. Through his online courses, Travis is building a community of thriving music educators and performers who want to teach mindfully, perform with freedom, and live joyfully.
Working with Travis opened me up to a whole new way of thinking. Without his guidance, I don't think I would have ever realized the power that a simple mindfulness activity could bring to my life. His gentle support and encouragement allowed me to explore it in a way that opened me up to new possibilities not only in my own life but in the lives of the students I teach. I am eternally grateful to Travis for giving me the tools to embark on this path of greater joy and productivity.
Mary KellyDirector of Strings, Pasadena Conservatory of Music
Travis provided tools that helped put the magnitude of the job of being an orchestra director into perspective. It was enlightening to work with someone who is a confident meditation practitioner with the unique ability to relate that practice to the life of a musician/teacher.
Holly BurtonOrchestra Director, Eaton High School Northwest ISD
I really loved working with Travis! The course I took featured valuable information, presented in a friendly, approachable manner. Travis was organized and communicative, and his methods made it easy to incorporate the concepts we learned into daily life. Thanks, Travis!
Ames AsbellAssistant Professor of Viola at Texas State University School of Music, Principal Viola Austin Opera
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