Episode #1: James Divine

Dana GoodierOut of the Trenches Podcast

James Divine is a middle school band + orchestra teacher in Colorado Springs, CO. He has 22 years’ experience teaching music. When he isn’t teaching, he is a professional speaker, has written 4 books, plays saxophone at local venues and is the host of the Music Educators Podcast. He also has many funny YouTube videos featuring Papa Jimmy and Jimmy D Lite (follow his channel @ JamesDivine). His motto in life is “your now doesn’t define your future“. I had the pleasure of working with James a few years ago, and observed how he would often bring stories from his past to relate to his students.
Key quotes from this episode:
“I’m teaching life through music.”
“Music teaches kids perseverance to move through, you have to put in the time to do it”.
“Sometimes we have to take a detour but we have to keep moving forward”.
“Learn to be yourself, if you’re a good teacher, you’ll always have a job”.
“Always read and be inspired by other teachers.”

Find out more about James at Jamesdivine.net and follow him on Twitter @jamesdivineco

His Youtube channel is at: https://www.youtube.com/user/divinejames


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