Ep. 147: What is the current “State of the Arts?” with the Godfather of Music Advocacy, Bob Morrison
How healthy is music (and arts) education in the US? Music advocacy legend Bob Morrison shares the history of US advocacy efforts; his assessment of where we are now; what gives him the most hope; and our biggest challenge. He explains what advocacy means to him – and a “tell” for when it’s being done most effectively.
Ep. 145: Helping students, schools, and communities reach their full potential through the power of making music; with Henry Donahue
VH1 and their Divas Live concerts laid the foundation for today’s Save the Music Foundation, which invests in school music programs, provides support for teachers and administrators, and advocates for music education. We discuss the resources offered, trends in music education, and how to get involved in this innovative non-profit.
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. 83: Connecting the dots between SEL and music, with Scott Edgar, PhD
The development of social emotional learning (SEL) skills is embedded and inherent in musical training. And yet there are many ways we as educators and parents can streamline this process through being intentional in how we integrate SEL and music. A global pandemic has made this integration exponentially vital, and has increased our awareness of social and emotional needs – and how they can affect other areas of our lives, whether we’re talking about mental health, immune function, or academic grades and performance. We discuss reasons music teachers are in a prime position to build students’ social and emotional skills; resources for parents and educators; and an exciting new venture that will launch in March 2021!
Ep. 70: What you don’t know about 1 in 6 people you encounter, and why it matters; with David Knott
The CDC-Kaiser Permanente Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study investigated the correlation between childhood trauma and life-long development, health, and well-being. The astounding results have led to trauma informed approaches to education and medicine, among other areas. David Knott explains why an ACE understanding can elevate our music instruction, and how music education be used as a conduit to help young people who have experienced trauma.
Ep. 64: Does Practice Make Perfect? With Ed Varner, Ed.D.
There is a pretty universal saying that “Practice Makes… [and we all fill in the blank] Perfect.” Ed Varner, Ed.D., argues that improvement, not perfection, should be the goal in the creation of art, in education, in work, and in everything that we do. He explains what he calls “The Practice” and how this approach is the application of his belief that music has value for EVERYone.