Pathway to Success: How to Give Every Student an Opportunity for Leadership & Create a Culture of Excellence

Understanding that teaching band is as much about teaching students to work together as it is about teaching them to learn musical skills individually, the team behind the much-loved Habits series, which includes such titles as Habits of a Successful Band Director, takes on the broader subject of leadership in Pathway to Success, which helps develop leadership skills in every student in a class and includes a focus on emotional health that has been especially helpful for teachers during COVID.

Authors Scott Rush and Tim Lautzenheiser also host a free Zoom community on Sunday evenings to support teachers implementing the Pathway to Success method in their classrooms. Read more and register below!

“To borrow a phrase: All children have talents, however, not all children have opportunity and encouragement. Pathway to Success by Tim Lautzenheiser and Scott Rush describes in detail the ‘how’ and provides that encouragement young people need to overcome any reservations and reluctance they may have to step forward and become a leader! History is full of examples of shy and timid youngsters who responded to a challenge and rose to greatness as a leader. This book is invaluable for any age! Leadership by example. Pathway to Success. I wish it was available when I was a student. Tim and Scott nailed it!”

– Richard Crain, President of The Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic

Introducing Pathway to Success

In music programs across the country, student leadership is often thought of in terms of titles, authority status, section leader positions, and being in charge of others – a responsibility assumed by only a select few. But what if we reframed and broadened the idea of leadership to include all students as leaders of their own pathway in life?

Band director Scott Rush and leadership legend Tim Lautzenheiser join forces to create Pathway to Success, a dynamic and engaging resource that fosters the leadership qualities of every student, not just the chosen few. The workbook guides students through ten sequential levels as they journey up the metaphorical mountain of self-leadership to help teachers create a culture of excellence in their classrooms.

True leadership begins with self-reflection in each and every student. All students can benefit when they see themselves as their own best leaders, and therein lies the foundation of a culture of excellence. Pathway to Success is a groundbreaking leadership program designed to inspire student growth and enhance any band, choir, or orchestra program – and beyond.

Pathway to Success: Join the Zoom Community

Realizing that building and changing culture is difficult and can benefit from the support of a community of others who are working toward the same goals, Rush and Lautzenheiser have assembled a Zoom community of 400 teachers and college students (and growing!) worldwide who meet on Sunday evenings to talk through one of the Pathway to Success character traits. The videos of the meetings are then sent to the community to use in their classrooms throughout the week.

To register (for free!), go to:

Here is the meeting schedule for the rest of 2020:

Nov. 1, 2020: 8 p.m. Eastern / 5 p.m. Pacific
Nov. 8, 2020: 8 p.m. Eastern / 5 p.m. Pacific
Nov. 15, 2020: 8 p.m. Eastern / 5 p.m. Pacific
Nov. 22, 2020: 8 p.m. Eastern / 5 p.m. Pacific
Nov. 29, 2020: 8 p.m. Eastern / 5 p.m. Pacific
Dec. 6, 2020: 8 p.m. Eastern / 5 p.m. Pacific

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