Season 3 Finale: Reflect and Recharge

In Episode 71, Kathryn and Theresa celebrate the conclusion of Season 3, reflecting on the 20 episodes produced and the incredible people they met within the field of music education. Now three years old, the book “Pass the Baton” has had an incredible impact, as did the successful graduate course run through VanderCook College of Music this spring.

With an emphasis on the importance of student-centered teaching and collaborative learning, Theresa and Kathryn share personal highlights and lessons learned from their favorite episodes. Heading into summer, they discuss their plans for relaxation, family time, and continued professional development. Hint – stay tuned this summer for a relaunch of the Coffee Club and don’t forget to check out the free resources available on the website!

Listen to the full interview:

Here are some key takeaways from Season 3:

  • It’s important to involve students in every aspect of the music program, fostering a supportive and student-centered environment. (Kathleen Jacoby, Episode 62)
  • We can engage students by providing choices and fostering curiosity through inquiry-based learning. (SJ, Episode 57)
  • By adapting traditional ensemble rehearsal methods, we can focus on student abilities and engagement in today’s educational landscape. (Tom Chester & Justin Johnson, Episode 56
  • Teachers should embrace songwriting. Educators don’t need to be experts to inspire creativity in their students. (Alex Adams, Episode 66 & Episode 67
  • Asking students, “What would you like to learn?” will foster engagement and curiosity, creating a student-centered learning environment. (Shane Colquhoun, Episode 52

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