Rocking the Classroom: Why Student Voice Matters in Music Education

In Episode 70, Kathryn and Theresa talk to Dr. Sarah Gulish, a former high school music teacher turned digital publisher. Sarah shares her journey from classroom teaching to founding a music education company, F-flat Books. She highlights the release of her new children’s book, “Rosie Rocks,” which tells the story of a shy girl finding her voice through playing the electric guitar. The book emphasizes themes of student voice, gender representation in music, and the importance of teachers supporting and listening to their students’ interests and aspirations in music education.

Listeners will gain insights into Sarah’s innovative approach to music education, including her advocacy for broadening the scope of music programs to include diverse instruments and styles. She underscores the value of fostering a creative and inclusive environment where all students can explore their musical potential. The episode provides practical advice for educators on how to encourage student participation and innovation in the music classroom.

We never want an instrument to be a barrier for music participation, we always want it to be a door that opens up for students to be able to be musical.

Listen to the full interview:

Here are some key takeaways from Episode 70:

  • Integrate student choice and gender representation in your music curriculum to create a more inclusive classroom.
  • Create a supportive environment that encourages students to explore diverse musical instruments and styles.
  • When teachers step back and allow students to lead, learn together, and share their expertise,  it fosters a more dynamic and engaging learning environment.
  • There is value in collaboration among educators and within the music education community to support and inspire each other.

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