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Bethanie Hansen

Have you ever wished that life came with an instruction manual? Yep, me too. The bad news is, it doesn’t. The good news? We can create a life we love, and have an impact at the same time.

Welcome to my professional website. I’m Bethanie Hansen, an educator, author, podcaster, musician, lifelong learner, and higher education leader. My career is focused on putting good out into the world through music education, coaching, and leading. Some of my previous or current roles include Professor, Director, Higher Education Leader, Professional Coach, Author, Presenter, Performer, Conductor, Clinician, Researcher, Podcaster, Musician, Band Director, and Music Appreciation Teacher.

If you are here because you want some help teaching online or teaching music appreciation, you’re in the right place! Take a look at the Online Teaching Lounge podcast to get started.

If you’re looking for professional coaching, leadership tools, or mindset change, please visit my companion website DrBCoach.Com and the Mindset for Life podcast devoted to those subjects.

I began learning to play musical instruments when I was eight, starting with piano lessons. Shortly after that, I “borrowed” my father’s cornet and learned to play the trumpet in fourth grade band. Years later, I concluded a 20-year career of teaching public school music and am now a professor and coach, helping others to become the best they can be in education, online, and professional arenas, and in all areas of life.

I’ve been blessed with amazing opportunities throughout my life and have overcome significant challenges. For example, I battled obesity most of my life and ultimately lost over 100 lbs. and have successfully maintained it. I juggled live teaching, online teaching, writing a doctoral dissertation, and homeschooling one of our sons. I’m familiar with overwhelm and intense time management challenges. My blessings and challenges drive me to help others overcome their own obstacles, so they too can enjoy what they do, move beyond limits, and love who they are. 

The journey has led me to work with a variety of groups and individuals across the United States and in seven countries by performing music, teaching, presenting, and helping others reach their goals over the past 25 years. 

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#48: How to Build Community with Online Faculty Teams

Online faculty often feel disconnected from the institution and fellow faculty members. In this episode, Dr. Bethanie Hansen provides tips and strategies for building community among faculty members to help them feel connected, informed and engaged. Learn how department leaders can focus on building relationships through consistent weekly messages, interactive team meetings, one-on-one time, peer mentoring and coaching opportunities, collaboration sites, and much more.

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The same things that led you to teach or perform music can also work well in online education as you share a passion for teaching or music with your students.

– Hansen, Teaching Music Appreciation Online, Oxford University Press (2020)


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