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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, a teacher, creator, and higher education leader. My career is focused on putting good out into the world through music, education, and coaching. Some of my previous or current roles include Professor, Higher Education Leader, Professional Coach, Author, Presenter, Podcaster, Musician, Band Director, 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.

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 now coach 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, as a first-generation college student, I struggled and worked part time jobs to go to college. I battled obesity for many years and learned to lose weight and keep it off. 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 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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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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