Episode 67 – Unlock Student Potential: Transforming Assessments in Music Education
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Episode 67 – Unlock Student Potential: Transforming Assessments in Music Education

Unlock Student Potential: Transforming Assessments in Music Education In Episode 67, the conversation centers on transformative approaches to student assessments. Angela Harman shares her journey from traditional to student-driven assessments, which involve students in both self-assessment and peer feedback processes. This method not only makes assessments more meaningful and manageable but also fosters a supportive…

Episode 66 – Creativity, Ownership, and Expression: Exploring Songwriting in Music Class (Part 2)

Episode 66 – Creativity, Ownership, and Expression: Exploring Songwriting in Music Class (Part 2)

Creativity, Ownership, and Expression: Exploring Songwriting in Music Class (Part 2) In Episode 66, Kathryn and Theresa continue their discussion with Alex Adams about the transformative role of songwriting in music education. Building on the foundation laid in Episode 65, Alex offers a deeper exploration into how songwriting can be a powerful medium for students…

Episode 65 – Creativity, Ownership, and Expression: Exploring Songwriting in Music Class 

Episode 65 – Creativity, Ownership, and Expression: Exploring Songwriting in Music Class 

Creativity, Ownership, and Expression: Exploring Songwriting in Music Class In Episode 65, Kathryn and Theresa dive into the first part of an enlightening interview with Alex Adams, a seasoned music teacher with 15 years of experience in both private studio and public school teaching. Alex shares his unique journey from teaching in Maine to becoming…

Episode 64 – 4 Mistakes to Avoid When Fostering Student Ownership 

Episode 64 – 4 Mistakes to Avoid When Fostering Student Ownership 

4 Mistakes to Avoid when Fostering Student Ownership In Episode 64, Kathryn and Theresa delve into the common pitfalls educators face in music education, emphasizing the importance of student ownership and engagement. The discussion navigates through the essential strategies for avoiding four key mistakes that can stifle student creativity and initiative. From the nuances of…

Episode 63 – Recruiting in the Music Room: Putting Students at the Heart of the Process 

Episode 63 – Recruiting in the Music Room: Putting Students at the Heart of the Process 

Recruiting in the Music Room: Putting Students at the Heart of the Process In episode 63, Kathryn and Theresa talk to Angela Ammerman, a passionate music educator in Northern Virginia. Angela discusses innovative recruitment strategies for music programs, emphasizing the critical role of student and community involvement in building and sustaining vibrant music education environments….

Episode 62 – The Kids Come First: Student Ownership in Ensembles 

Episode 62 – The Kids Come First: Student Ownership in Ensembles 

The Kids Come First: Student Ownership in Ensembles In Episode 62, Kathryn and Theresa talk to Kathleen Jacoby, a high school band director in Fairfax, Virginia. Kathleen’s teaching philosophy revolves around student ownership and engagement in the music program, drawing from her own experiences in a small band program where every member’s contribution was vital….

Episode 61 – Empowering Tomorrow’s Musicians: Innovation in Music Education 

Episode 61 – Empowering Tomorrow’s Musicians: Innovation in Music Education 

Empowering Tomorrow’s Musicians: Innovation in Music Education In episode 61, Kathryn and Theresa talk to Dr. Rob Pethel, an innovative music educator with a passion for guitar and virtual teaching. Rob talks about the importance of embracing change and innovation in music education, shedding light on his approach to keeping students engaged and motivated in…

Episode 60 – Empowering Music Educators Through Self-Initiated Professional Development 

Episode 60 – Empowering Music Educators Through Self-Initiated Professional Development 

Empowering Music Educators Through Self-Initiated Professional Development In Episode 60, Kathryn and Theresa interview Kyle Smith, a high school band director from Maine. Kyle discusses his journey and experiences, emphasizing the importance of continuous growth and learning in education. He shares insights from his podcast “The Growing Band Director,” where he and his guests explore…

Episode 59 – Perspectives on Student Empowerment in Music Education  

Episode 59 – Perspectives on Student Empowerment in Music Education  

Perspectives on Student Empowerment in Music Education  In Episode 59, Kathryn and Theresa engage in a conversation exploring the intersection of music education, student empowerment, and research! Theresa, a PhD student at Arizona State University, delves into her research project that analyzes themes from the Pass the Baton podcast, particularly focusing on secondary music education. …

Episode 58 – Spotlight on Genius Hour in the Elementary Music Room 
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Episode 58 – Spotlight on Genius Hour in the Elementary Music Room 

Spotlight on Genius Hour in the Elementary Music Room  In Episode 58, Kathryn and Theresa interview Jamie Widener, a music educator passionate about incorporating Genius Hour in her elementary music classes. The episode focuses on Jamie’s approach to engaging students by allowing them to pursue music-related passion projects, inspired by Google’s strategy of allowing employees…