We will have two deadlines for the Free Mentor Program applications November 1, 2022 and January 15, 2023 with 10 openings per deadline on a first come; first served basis. Please email Matt Finnegan at to sign up for the Free Mentor Program.
The MICCA Free Mentor Program is designed for a clinician to consult with a program or educator. It is important when letting us know what you want, that the applicant clearly describe in detail, areas for which support is sought.
MICCA screens all requests at monthly executive board meetings. This is an underused service and all educators are encouraged to apply.
MICCA has recently received numerous requests for our Free Mentor Program. Although we are delighted to receive such requests, the nature of these requests does not reflect the intent of the Free Mentor Program. MICCA has set up the Free Mentor Program to be a tool for directors and teachers to learn and improve techniques of rehearsal, advocate for one's program, as well as work on specific issues. Asking for a clinician to come in to work with your group prior to our festival is not the intent of the Free Mentor Program. Clinicians can work on specific concepts with a group, but a request to have a clinician to come in simply to rehearse a group will be denied. Bringing someone in to rehearse your group is encouraged by MICCA, but MICCA cannot pay for it. Examples of a variety of Free Mentor Program requests could be:
- Clinician to work with a director to develop a series of warm-ups that will build strong voices that deal with pitch, blend, balance, and resonance.
- Clinician to aid a teacher in learning the secrets of Percy Grainger.
- Clinician to work with a music administrator on creating an after school lesson program.
- Development of a parent booster group the advantages and disadvantages.