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The Beth and Kelly Show: Music Teaching (and Life)

The Beth and Kelly Show: Music Teaching (and Life)

By Beth Fortune and Kelly Clingan
Dubbed “the Beth and Kelly Show” by colleagues, we’re teaching soulmates who love to talk shop and laugh along the way. We don’t have all the answers, but we do have a ton of experience and are willing to ask questions and make mistakes. Subversive in approach, we explore solutions and highlight allies as we continue to move our practice forward.
Theme music by Sean MacCarthy-Grant
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The Beth and Kelly Show Episode Thirty-eight: Marcus Pimpleton
We're joined by Marcus Pimpleton, Executive Director for Racial and Educational Justice for Yakima Public Schools. He is also an experienced school administrator AND a band director! Marcus makes the point that these are the things kids want: happiness and pride. He challenges us to focus in on these things and watch the transformation start to happen to our music making communities! 
April 12, 2021
The Beth and Kelly Show Episode Thirty-seven: Shaina Ellis
Ever wonder what college music ed majors wish could be a part of the undergrad curriculum? Listen to CWU Junior, saxophonist Shaina Ellis, a student leader in the CWU music program and the CWU JEN Chapter talk with us about what she wishes could be required courses of study. We also get deep into the concept of student teaching (from both the student teacher and mentor teacher perspective). 
April 7, 2021
The Beth and Kelly Show Episode Thirty-six: Anuradha Truax
Anu shares some courageous ideas, approaches, and mindsets for giving more choice and control to students, which stand to transform and empower their present AND future lives, should we decide to put them to practice! Are you interested in making the most of this unique moment in time and furthering music education? Then listen to this!
April 4, 2021
The Beth and Kelly Show Episode Thirty-five: Sarah Gulish
Listen in for Sarah’s (quite frankly genius) ideas about approaching a total overhaul of an instrumental music program in a secondary public school setting. Many of us have  thought that change is needed in our “traditional” approaches to teaching music in the public schools...take it from Sarah: It can be done, in super cool ways, and the time is now. 
March 24, 2021
The Beth and Kelly Show Episode Thirty-four: Rebecca Bowman MacLeod
ASTA President-Elect and professor of future orchestra teachers at UNC Greensboro, she has worked to ask the tough questions and seek collaborators/ helpers in her mission of person-centered and community-centered music teaching. Check it out (then go make sure your association dues are up to date)!
March 24, 2021
The Beth and Kelly Show Episode Thirty-three: Laura Lehni
This episode is RICH in really valuable culturally responsive concepts and ideas that can bring us closer to serving all students, transforming ourselves as teachers,  AND transforming music education as a whole. This is our charge! And luckily, as Laura points out,  it is not too late to start right now. 
March 11, 2021
The Beth and Kelly Show Episode Thirty-two: Alexis Kim & Jahnvi Madan
This episode was super special. We get real specific feedback for music education from recent students, who are now studying music in college. It is important to hear what these two young musicians have to say!
March 4, 2021
The Beth and Kelly Show Episode Thirty-one: Ron Gerhardstein
President-elect of the Washington Music Educators Association joins us to talk about the future of music education. We also put in a good word about keeping all those association memberships going.
February 24, 2021
The Beth and Kelly Show Episode Thirty: Christopher Hanson & Nathan Rodahl
We highlight NAfME's 3-part Orchestra Town Hall series exploring Mission, Models, Methods & Materials. 
February 18, 2021
The Beth and Kelly Show Episode Twenty-nine: Kate Olson
We welcome Kate Olson, multi-instrumentalist, music educator, and creative visionary. We talk about going for it (the word “no” doesn’t exist for this Wyoming native), artistic skill coupled with artistic expression, and a very cool and very accessible program Kate has developed for middle school aged youth focusing on protest music and uke!
February 17, 2021
The Beth and Kelly Show Episode Twenty-eight: Nate Omdal
Nate Omdal visits from The Musician's Association Seattle, Local 76-493. He's a major force for good in our city. We also reminisce about the importance of hiring professional audio engineers for school concerts. 
February 16, 2021
The Beth and Kelly Show Episode Twenty-seven: Tiffany Kerns
We get down to BUSINESS (that is, the MUSIC BUSINESS) with Tiffany Kerns, Director of the Country Music Association Foundation.  The music industry is a real, successful world, and our students can become the innovative force of the music industry’s future.
February 16, 2021
The Beth and Kelly Show Episode Twenty-six: Chloe Rowlands & Andrew Yee
We are joined by acclaimed performers, trumpet player Chloe Rowlands and cellist Andrew Yee who share with us about how we can better serve trans, non-binary, and gender nonconforming students in our programs. It’s a new year, folks! Let’s set an intention that we are going to make this imperative work a priority in our practice going forward. 
February 16, 2021
The Beth and Kelly Show Episode Twenty-five: Dead Ed
We ring in the New Year with four visionary artists, educators, and collaborators who make the case that the Grateful Dead is the “power strip of American music,” and that with our students we need to PLUG IN! Joe Craven, Ari Joshua, Matt Hopper, and Ricky Gene Powell: The Beth and Kelly Show loves you!
February 12, 2021
The Beth and Kelly Show Episode Twenty-four: Jesse Nolan & Jazz Education Network
JEN has great resources for all types of music educators AND students. They have outdone themselves making it easy and affordable to become a member. This is a great org, folks!
December 24, 2020
The Beth and Kelly Show Episode Twenty-three: Michelle McCauley
In this episode we learn from Native music educator Michelle McCauley who has done so much of the work, maneuvering within our limited euro-centric structure, to help us all understand how to appropriately approach the incorporation of Native culture within our curricula.  We close with a Northern Paiute numbers song that uses the dialect Michelle learned as a little girl. This song is a circle dance song of the Great Basin, composed by Michelle to be used in the classroom. Follow her on Instagram for access to more instructional videos: Thaswrong
December 14, 2020
The Beth and Kelly Show Episode Twenty-two: JJ Norman
Maryland MEA are examining their structures and offerings through an equity lens, and changing them to center process and learning. 
December 8, 2020
The Beth and Kelly Show Episode Nineteen: The Earshot Jazz Festival
On this special Earshot Jazz episode of the Beth and Kelly Show, we discuss making jazz available FOR ALL of our music students. Congrats to Joe & Kamala!
December 8, 2020
The Beth and Kelly Show Episode Twenty-one: The Hulihans
We're joined by music education power couple Theresa and Chuck Hulihan as we make the case that NOW IS THE TIME to start incorporating the National Music Content Standards. Key takeaway: PROCESS over PRODUCT.
November 28, 2020
The Beth and Kelly Show Episode Twenty: Clovis de Milo
We discuss the importance of integrating Hip-Hop into the world of music education, and spitball ideas about how to do that, all with our new friend Clovis de Milo from Sourcery Records. 
November 27, 2020
The Beth and Kelly Show Episode Eighteen: Kevin Weingarten
We're talking Music Education at the collegiate level with Kevin Weingarten from the University of Washington School of Music. How can we use design thinking to transform our teaching practice? Kevin demonstrates true ally ship while Beth and Kelly discuss the painful ways that gatekeeping almost crushed their dreams.
November 13, 2020
The Beth and Kelly Show Episode Seventeen: Sammy Miller (of The Congregation)
Sammy Miller, and everything he touches, is drenched in sincerity. Tune in and find out how to engage with this awesome human, his music, and his band.
October 29, 2020
The Beth and Kelly Show Episode Sixteen: Tom D'Angelo
Joined by our very good friend and Hawks-watching (and wings eating) pal Tom D’Angelo — a former Roosevelt Jazz student (the self-appointed transition director in Scott Brown’s first year of teaching at RHS taking over for the legendary Waldo King), AND former parent of a Roosevelt Jazz student! We talk about inspiring mentors in our lives (Scott and Robert Knatt), and we talk about the many ways teachers and parent boosters can form productive and positive alliances that sometimes result in lifelong friendships. 
October 23, 2020
The Beth and Kelly Show Episode Fifteen: Courtney Rowley
We debrief about our all day zoom camp that focused on decolonization and making the Ballard H.S. music department more culturally responsive with guest Courtney Rowley (Choir Director at Ballard High School) . During camp there were lots of learning moments; and we had tough conversations. Camp was like a turbulent flight that landed safely and we're ready to do it again with your students!
October 17, 2020
The Beth and Kelly Show Episode Fourteen: Walter White
"Make it Work", "Go with the Flow", and other words of wisdom from Walter White, the best music sub around. This week we focus on what we can do to help our music subs, how we can prepare our students to have a sub, and other strategies for welcoming new friends into our music classrooms. 
October 6, 2020
The Beth and Kelly Show Episode Thirteen: Sophia Enriquez & Travis Stimeling
We're joined by Appalachian specialists Sophia Enriquez and Travis Stimeling who help us unpack jamming in the Bluegrass/Oldtime circles. We discuss making our music scenes and classrooms welcoming and more inclusive, drawing upon Appalachian traditions as inspiration. 
September 25, 2020
The Beth and Kelly Show Episode Twelve: Jared Tanner
We discuss fancy tech why?....AND arranging on the fly (no Finale allowed). Super funny music teaching stories too! 
September 20, 2020
The Beth and Kelly Show Episode Eleven: Pam Ivezic & Jessica Staire
It's the first day of school in Seattle and we're talking with two thought leaders in our District, Pam Ivezic and Jessica Staire. We talk candidly, as always, about the tremendous and necessary work that it will take to truly understand and then dismantle the detrimental systems and structures within music education. 
September 16, 2020
The Beth and Kelly Show Episode Ten: Ashley Shabankareh
We talk through some methods that give students space and agency to explore their musical goals. Using a "show and tell" type format to uplift student voices, encourage intersectionality, and create online community. Ashley proposes the idea of using accountability partners to give ourselves strength when engaging in "call in" culture. Yeah, she's a genius.
August 29, 2020
The Beth and Kelly Show Episode Nine: Ben Hunter and Joe Seamons
We lean into Ben & Joe’s Rhapsody Project, specifically their current work with student Heritage, to inspire curiosity in our students. Music is not only an academic pursuit, but one of history, emotion, and connection that is enhanced by our unique voices and stories.
August 21, 2020
The Beth and Kelly Show Episode Eight: Annie Savage
"YOU are where IT'S at" and other thoughts on courageous collaboration, throwing out the script, the myth of meritocracy, martyrdom, and augmentation not substitution. Celebrate our first day of teacher clock hours with the most Savage of string specialists, Annie!
August 9, 2020
The Beth and Kelly Show Episode Seven: Chris Mena
Diversity, equity, inclusion, and decolonization: Chris Mena helps us understand the meaning of these words and how they relate to our music classrooms. Also, clock hours and a free Miep-made "and off" button coming to you next week!
August 2, 2020
The Beth and Kelly Show Episode Six: Daniel Hershman-Rossi
Beth and Kelly connect with their former student teacher turned General Music superstar Daniel Hershman-Rossi. As a rule, we question everything about our practice. It's exhausting, but the heavy lift is on us! Come and get it folks.
July 29, 2020
The Beth and Kelly Show Episode Five: Put Down the Plexiglass!
We discuss the just released "Performing Arts Aerosol Study" and the need to ignore it and enjoy the summer. Drop your ego, drop your fear, and come along with us through the grieving process. We need to be mentally prepared to start online learning in the fall for our own health and for the good of our students. 
July 19, 2020
The Beth and Kelly Show Episode Four: Jovino Santos Neto
"The notes on the page are the shadow of the music." Composer, musician, educator, and conductor Jovino Santos Neto teaches us all how to live a creative and musical life, filled with joy and hope. 
July 10, 2020
The Beth and Kelly Show Episode Three: Makin' it Happen
We just don't know what the fall will bring, so let's say "yes" to new curriculum, combinations of students, and collaboration. It'll be fun and you'll foster life long music making.
July 8, 2020
The Beth and Kelly Show Episode Dos: Collaboraysh
Teaching soulmates discuss a commitment to collaboration and honesty (with themselves and students) and the positive effects it had on their music department.
July 8, 2020
The Beth and Kelly Show Episode One: 1 + 1 = 3
Brought to you by fizzy water and laughter. Beth and Kelly discuss the history of Seattle's Washington Middle School music and how identifying your values as a teaching team can help you propel your vision forward.
July 8, 2020