education

Ep. 111: Behind the scenes of my favorite piano learning app, Piano Maestro; With JoyTunes’ Becki Laurent

Piano Maestro by JoyTunes is the one subscription I DO encourage my students’ parents to use because it is so effective, motivating, and fun! JoyTunes Music Education Specialist Becki Laurent explains her favorite features, how the app came to be, and tips for teachers and students alike.

Ep. 108: How is music boosting skills and learning in students in special education? With Natalie Hawkins, MT-BC

Music therapy and technology collide to increase therapeutic results, increase student engagement, and streamline data reporting in the special education setting! An innovative, completely accessible program incorporates music with motion capture software to address IEP (Individualized Education Program) objectives, including academic, social-emotional, and physical skills.

Ep. 95: How is music used in Bible translation? With SIL and Wycliffe Bible Translators’ Trevor Schuh

SIL is a global, faith-based nonprofit that works with local communities around the world to develop language solutions that expand possibilities for a better life. Art is a form of communication, and SIL & Wycliffe Bible Translators recognize the value of communicating in the ways most familiar to individual communities. They want people to comprehend the Bible and worship in the language that is most natural to them, that speaks most to them. Whether they’re an artist or not, there is a music that most resonates with them. Artistic communication is especially integral in oral tradition cultures that have no written language.

Ep. 93: What happens when you combine space exploration & music? Bonus: The first space-earth duet! with Laurie Orth

Musician and space enthusiast Laurie Orth discovered the answer to this question serendipitously! Following her own passions and her students’ interests led Laurie to combine two STEAM disciplines, space exploration and music. The result produced learning greater than the sum of its parts, and blasted doors wide open to a new universe of connections and opportunities. Laurie shares some of her favorite resources, and discusses all things music-and-space – including what musical instruments are in the International Space Station, and what musician-astronauts play them.

Ep. 90: Glee, Ryan Murphy, and innovation in music education; with Beth Slusher

Concerns over national budget cuts for the arts in public schools led to Give a Note’s formation by Ryan Murphy, Glee, and 20th Century Fox. Give a Note (GAN) recognizes and boosts music educators utilizing especially innovative strategies to engage students and benefit their communities outside traditional music curriculum. GAN’s initiatives advance programs that attract students not typically enrolled in music classes; make music education applicable to real world settings; and are sustainable and replicable in other school settings.

Ep. 87: Make it Stick: The Science of Successful Learning, with author Peter Brown

While there are many different learning styles and preferences, scientific research does point to certain common denominators in successful learning, meaning learning that not only acquires knowledge, but also retains that knowledge and applies it to future problems and scenarios. The book “Make it Stick: The Science of Successful Learning” is written by cognitive scientists to clarify what those common denominators of successful learning are so that we can make our own learning and teaching “sticky.” Educators, parents, and lifelong learners, rejoice – essential scientifically backed research on how to learn smarter instead of just trying harder.