In episode 41, Kathryn and Theresa had the pleasure of interviewing two amazing music educators from Fairfax, Virginia – Katie LaBrie and Tracy Magwire! Katie LaBrie taught orchestra in Fairfax County Public Schools for over 16 years and is currently the new Orchestra Division Editor for Randall Standridge Music Publications. Tracy Magwire is in her 19th year teaching band, also in Fairfax County. In this interview, Katie and Tracy shared their “Big IDEA” method, to help students practice with purpose and become more independent musicians. 

Episode 41

Throughout the interview, Katie and Tracy share…

  • How they help students learn to practice smarter rather than harder
  • The Big IDEA – Identify, Decide, Execute, Analyze
  • Strategy guides that help students execute and work on specific musical concepts
  • How students have become more independent and engaged in the music making

Be sure to check out the full interview on YouTube, listen to it on your favorite podcast app or right here, on Anchor!

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