About

Based in Southern California, Right Brain Solutions specializes in supporting arts educators in three main areas:

  • Providing professional development opportunities for arts educators and school districts
  • Curriculum design and development for all arts disciplines
  • Consultation with both educators and school districts, working in tandem to help establish, grow, and sustain arts programs both in school and community settings

Unfortunately, isolation is a feeling that is prevalent among many arts educators.  Arts educators are often the only theatre, art, dance, vocal music, or instrumental music teacher on a campus or in a building.  Knowing this, it is crucial for arts educators to work with those who understand, have worked in, and are both compassionate and empathetic about the everyday struggles that present themselves with being an arts educator.

Right Brain Solutions is committed to connecting arts educators to share best practices through world class professional development, that is relevant, meaningful, discipline specific and curated for arts educators, delivered by arts educators.

FOUNDER:

Neil Anderson, Ed.D.

Originally from Scotland, Dr. Neil Anderson has spent his entire career as a champion for arts education.  He holds two bachelor degrees (Music Education and Woodwind Performance) from San Diego State University, a Master of Arts degree in Educational Leadership from Azusa Pacific and received his Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Concordia University, Irvine.  His research focused on meaningful professional learning and mentorship, and the impact they have on the efficacy of arts educators.   Recognizing and understanding the low retention and high attrition rates of arts educators, Dr. Anderson is committed to helping beginning and developing teachers find their voice, and laying their foundation for a career of inspired teaching. He has taught students at every level, from elementary school through University students.

Currently, in his 19th year in education, Dr. Anderson has served in the classroom, and as both a district and site level administrator. He is the current Principal at Golden Hill Elementary School in Fullerton, California. A school that is devoted to the education of all children through the inclusion and integration of the arts into all curricular areas.  As an instrumental music director, Dr. Anderson’s ensembles received Unanimous Superior ratings at local and regional festivals in each of his previous years.  He serves as a clinician and adjudicator for marching competitions and concert festivals for regional and state band organizations throughout the United States.  His groups have performed at the invitation of both the United States and British government. He has presented at conferences around the United States on new teacher development and has spoken to college and university students on the importance of seeking out mentorship when they enter the profession.

Dr. Anderson also serves as an educational clinician for the Conn-Selmer Company working with school districts on the successful implementation of K-12 arts education programs.

He has served on the Board of Directors for the Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association, California Band Directors Association and has professional affiliations with Music For All, California Music Education Association, National Association for Music Education, ASCD and ACSA.  He is a lifetime member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.