Skip to main content


December, 19, 2024
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM




Helen Ihasz

Helen Ihasz

Paying it Forward: Mentoring Student Teachers

Clinic Synopsis:

Have you been approached about taking a student teacher, but didn’t know if you were ready? Perhaps you weren’t sure that you would know what to do with a student teacher, or maybe it just sounds like a lot of extra work. This clinic is designed to give you all the tools you need to guide a student teacher toward a successful career. It can be rewarding for both you and your students to have a hand in bringing forward the next generation of desperately needed teachers.

Helen Ihasz - Biographical Information

Helen Ihasz is a Wisconsin native, and received her Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Music Education from the University of Wisconsin - Madison with a double major in instrumental and choral music. Helen’s teaching experience encompasses a wide variety of levels in general, choral, and instrumental music in the public schools. She has also taught beginning conducting at the State University of New York at Fredonia, and is a certified NYSSMA judge. She is currently teaching Elementary and Middle School Band Methods as well as coaching the flute ensemble of the New Horizons Band at the college. Helen studied flute with Robert Cole, and she has studied conducting with James Smith, Steve Peterson, John Paynter, Mallory Thompson, and Paula Holcomb. Helen was an active member of the Chautauqua County Music Teachers Association, holding a variety of Executive Board positions and chairing ensembles for most of her years at Westfield. She has also conducted honor bands around New York State, and maintains a small flute studio. Helen retired in June of 2021 after 37 joyful years of teaching in Wisconsin and New York, the last 28 of those as the band director in Westfield, New York. She is fortunate to have mentored 51 student teachers over the years.