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Pass the Baton: Empowering All Music Students

Pass the Baton: Empowering All Music Students

By Theresa Hoover & Kathryn Finch

Welcome to the Pass the Baton: Empowering All Music Students! Kathryn and Theresa are two music educators passionate about helping teachers transform their students from passive consumers to vibrant creatives. Each episode will amplify the voices of music teachers who are already passing the baton and empowering their own music students.
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Episode 38: Amateurism in Music Education
Episode 38: Amateurism in Music Education
In episode 38, Kathryn and Theresa talked to Dr. Tom FitzStephens, a high school music teacher in Atlanta, Georgia. Tom’s teaching assignment includes chorus, AP music theory, and guitar classes. He has a master’s degree in choral conducting and a PhD in music education. Tom considered himself a relatively traditional choral teacher until he started working towards his PhD. Learning about different styles and philosophies of music education expanded his view of what the music classroom could be. Teaching for amateurism helps students see how music will benefit their lives beyond participating in the school ensemble.    You can learn more about Tom’s work here:   "Amateurism in Music Education (1967-2019)" by Tom FitzStephens "Why do Adults Sing? The Impact of the High School Experience" by Thomas Ryan FitzStephens Get a free book preview here: Pass the Baton: Empowering All Music Students For more info: Pass the Baton Free Download: 6 Questions to Pass the Baton and Empower Your Music Students 
34:37
November 21, 2022
Episode 37: Creative Thinking in Music
Episode 37: Creative Thinking in Music
In episode 37, Kathryn and Theresa talked to Roger Coss, a music educator in California. After getting his bachelors and masters degrees in jazz studies, Roger was teaching second grade at a charter school in San Jose, California while working on a doctoral degree. It was then he discovered how much he enjoyed teaching and made the switch to teach music. Currently, Roger teaches at Hickman Charter School near Modesto, California. He is an avid rock climber and often compares exploration in climbing to the importance of exploration in music. In this interview, Roger talks to us about the importance of creative thinking in music classes.   Connect with Roger and learn more:  www.rogercoss.com Creative Thinking in Music: Student-Centered Strategies for Implementing Exploration Into the Music Classroom, by Roger Coss Maud Hickey: Lessons from Visual Art Education Music Outside the Lines: Ideas for Composing in K-12 Music Classrooms, by Maud Hickey Get a free book preview here: Pass the Baton: Empowering All Music Students For more info: Pass the Baton Free Download: 6 Questions to Pass the Baton and Empower Your Music Students 
34:58
November 07, 2022
Episode 36: How Student Agency Can Transform an Ensemble
Episode 36: How Student Agency Can Transform an Ensemble
In Episode 36, Kathryn and Theresa talk to Heather Fortune, a music educator in Philadelphia, PA. Heather is a professional flutist, with both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in flute performance from Boston University. She was a freelance musician for 10-years in the Philadelphia area before becoming a flute teacher at a Quaker school in the city. After 4 years of teaching private lessons at the school, Heather was hired as the full time instrumental music teacher. Since that time, Heather has worked with the students to create a program that is musically satisfying and empowering for everyone involved. Connect with Heather and learn more:  Notes By Heather Instagram: @NotesByHeather Breaking Band: Legacy Ensembles Transformed Musescore Arrangements Get a free book preview here: Pass the Baton: Empowering All Music Students For more info: Pass the Baton Free Download: 6 Questions to Pass the Baton and Empower Your Music Students 
51:32
October 24, 2022
Episode 35: Empowered Educators Will Empower Their Students
Episode 35: Empowered Educators Will Empower Their Students
In Episode 35, Theresa and Kathryn talked to music educator, Zach Rush. Zach began his teaching career in international schools, teaching music in both Dubai and Pakistan. He returned to the US to get a master’s degree and then began teaching elementary general music in Arlington, Virginia. This school year, he has moved closer to home to teach music in Iowa City. In addition to teaching music, Zach is also interested in research, and how educators can use that to inform their practice. You can connect with Zach and learn more about his work here:  Twitter: @MrZsMusicTweets  LinkedIn Zachary D Rush  Get a free book preview here: Pass the Baton: Empowering All Music Students For more info: Pass the Baton Free Download: 6 Questions to Pass the Baton and Empower Your Music Students 
47:45
October 10, 2022
Episode 34: Empowering ALL students using Universal Design for Learning
Episode 34: Empowering ALL students using Universal Design for Learning
In episode 34, we talked to Elise Hackl-Blumstein, a former accessible music educator and current student-services coordinator in Buffalo Grove, Illinois. Elise has experience teaching preschool through eighth grade music, and also has created an accessible arts organization focused on accessibility in all arts. She is passionate about making sure all students have access to music and music education. In this interview, Elise shares how Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a beneficial framework for teaching all music students. You can connect with Elise and learn more about her work here: Instagram: @accessibleclassrooms Website: Elise Hackl-Blumstein Resource library (with lots of freebies): Accessible Music Store TPT (with lots of freebies): Accessible-Music-Room Ebook: Sensory Symphony Ebook: Our Voices, Our Song FREE Music ConstructED lesson: Accessible Composing In the General Music Classroom SEL Portraits Book: Teaching Music With Heart Keep an eye out for upcoming texts, to be released in Fall 2022 and Fall 2023! Get a free book preview here: Pass the Baton: Empowering All Music Students For more info: Pass the Baton Free Download: 6 Questions to Pass the Baton and Empower Your Music Students 
41:06
September 26, 2022
Episode 33: Fostering Independent Musicians
Episode 33: Fostering Independent Musicians
Episode 33 features an interview with two outstanding educators who are no strangers to Pass the Baton - Amy Rever-Oberle and Lauren Staniszewski. Amy is the band director at Hart Middle School in Rochester Hills, Michigan where she teaches 6th through 8th grade band. Lauren is the band director at Stoney Creek High School, also in Rochester Hills, where she teaches three high school concert bands, marching band, jazz band, and collaborates with Amy to teach one section of 6th grade band. Both educators have found that empowering their music students begins with teaching them to become independent musicians. Connect with Amy and Lauren:  @AmyLynnRever @HartMSBands @LStaniszewski19 @SCHSBands Stoney Creek High School Bands Get a free book preview here: Pass the Baton: Empowering All Music Students For more info: Pass the Baton Free Download: 6 Questions to Pass the Baton and Empower Your Music Students 
52:22
September 12, 2022
Episode 32: Creativity With a Student First Mindset
Episode 32: Creativity With a Student First Mindset
In Episode 32, Kathryn and Theresa had the pleasure of speaking with Australian composer and educator Jodie Blackshaw. Jodie is a third-generation teacher. Her grandmother was one of the first people to practice Orff-Schulwerk in Australia, and her father taught in a one-room schoolhouse. Jodie’s work for concert band is nothing short of innovative. Her focus on student creativity is unmatched, which is such an amazing example of giving students ownership of their music making. Learn more about Jodie and her work here: Website: Jodie Blackshaw Teaching Performance Through Composition Rhythm and Pitch Pack #1 Pay it Forward Get a free book preview here: Pass the Baton: Empowering All Music Students For more info: Pass the Baton Free Download: 6 Questions to Pass the Baton and Empower Your Music Students 
01:09:46
August 29, 2022
Episode 31: Creating a Culture for Student Empowerment
Episode 31: Creating a Culture for Student Empowerment
Welcome to season 2 of the Pass the Baton podcast! In Episode 31, Kathryn and Theresa spoke with Dr. Matthew Arau, a professor of music at Lawrence University Conservatory in Appleton, Wisconsin. Prior to teaching at Lawrence, Matthew taught middle school and high school band in Loveland, Colorado. Matthew is passionate about incorporating mindset and leadership strategies in his teaching, and spoke about how we can use these to create a culture for student empowerment. He is the author of the book, Upbeat: Mindfulness, Mindset, and Leadership in Music Education and Beyond, and is also the founder of Upbeat Global.   Learn more about Matthew's work here:   Upbeat Global Student Leadership From Any Chair  The Music Educator Blog Get a free book preview here: Pass the Baton: Empowering All Music Students For more info: Pass the Baton The Pass the Baton Starter Kit is just what you need to get your mind movin’ and groovin’ for the new school year. Check it out! Pass the Baton Starter Kit
54:25
August 15, 2022
Episode 30: Recap and Highlights
Episode 30: Recap and Highlights
This week, Kathryn and Theresa recap their school years and discuss some common themes from this season of the Pass the Baton podcast.  Some of the highlights include:  The importance of building relationships. Dr. Scott Edgar talks about this in Episode 27: The Connection Between SEL and Student Empowerment   When making any shifts in instruction, it's important to start small. Scott Sheehan shares how to do this when looking at the national standards in Episode 23: Empowerment in the Standards   Our goal is to build independent, lifelong musicians. Krystal Williams discusses how she uses technology to do this in Episode 29: Using Technology to Promote Student Ownership  Remembering that it's not an "either/or" situation when empowering students and thinking about performances. We can, and should, do both. Angela Ammerman shares her thoughts on this in Episode 24: Empowering English Language Learners in Music  What's next for Pass the Baton?   Season 2 will begin in the fall 2022.   This summer we're offering the first ever Cohort for the Empowering All Music Students course! Find more information (including a coupon code!) here: https://passthebatonbook.com/summer-cohort/ Get a free book preview here: Pass the Baton: Empowering All Music Students For more info: Pass the Baton Free Download: 6 Questions to Pass the Baton and Empower Your Music Students 
20:29
June 20, 2022
Episode 29: Using Technology to Promote Student Ownership
Episode 29: Using Technology to Promote Student Ownership
This week we spoke with Krystal Williams, a public school music educator in Prince George’s County, Maryland. Krystal teaches music theory and composition at Northwestern High School and also teaches at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, as a woodwind adjunct. Krystal is the music technology chair for the Maryland Music Educators Association. She is passionate about incorporating technology into her music classes, and helping other music educators do the same. Connect with Krystal and learn more about her work here: Maryland Music Educators Association Technology Page Diary of a Lady Band Director  Get a free book preview here: Pass the Baton: Empowering All Music Students For more info: Pass the Baton Free Download: 6 Questions to Pass the Baton and Empower Your Music Students 
46:55
June 13, 2022
Episode 28: The Connection Between Culturally Responsive Teaching and Student Ownership
Episode 28: The Connection Between Culturally Responsive Teaching and Student Ownership
This week we had the pleasure of speaking with Ashley Cuthbertson, an elementary general music teacher in Fairfax County, Virginia. Ashley has taught music in a variety of settings, teaching private lessons, school students of all ages, and even adults at a nearby university. Ashley loves working with kids and helping them connect their learning outside the classroom. One of her passions includes creating culturally responsive music classes. Learn more about Ashley and her work here: Website: www.ashleycuthbertson.com Twitter: @ACuthbertson10  Instagram: @ACuthbertson10 Get a free book preview here: Pass the Baton: Empowering All Music Students For more info: Pass the Baton Free Download: 6 Questions to Pass the Baton and Empower Your Music Students 
29:08
May 30, 2022
Episode 27 - The Connection Between SEL and Student Empowerment
Episode 27 - The Connection Between SEL and Student Empowerment
This week’s interview was a real treat, as Kathryn and Theresa spoke with Dr. Scott Edgar about a very important topic: social emotional learning (SEL). Scott is an associate professor of music at Lake Forest College and also the department chair. He began his career teaching K-12 music in Dayton, Ohio before earning a PhD from the University of Michigan. It was there he developed an interest in SEL. Besides teaching at Lake Forest, Scott is also Director of Practice and Research for the Center for Arts Education and Social Emotional Learning. If you are interested in learning more about Scott and his work in social emotional learning, check out these resources: Music Education and Social Emotional Learning: The Heart of Teaching Music The ABC’s of My Feeling and Music  Student Empowerment Through SEL in Music Education (webinar series) Teaching Social Emotional Learning Through Music  Center for Arts Education and Social Emotional Learning Get a free book preview here: Pass the Baton: Empowering All Music Students For more info: Pass the Baton Free Download: 6 Questions to Pass the Baton and Empower Your Music Students  Free Download: Amplify Student Voice With Exit Tickets for Self Reflection
37:30
May 16, 2022
Episode 26: Student Ownership Through Active Thinking
Episode 26: Student Ownership Through Active Thinking
This week, Kathryn and Theresa talked to Dr. Brian Weidner, an assistant professor of music education at Butler University, in Indianapolis, Indiana. Brian spent twelve years teaching high school band prior to earning a PhD from Northwestern University. Much of his work now spawned from the various questions he asked during his time teaching public school music, such as, how do we build classrooms that emphasize musical independence? Connect with Brian and learn more:  Brian N. Weidner, Music Educator  Get a free book preview here: Pass the Baton: Empowering All Music Students For more info: Pass the Baton Free Download: 6 Questions to Pass the Baton and Empower Your Music Students  Free Download: Amplify Student Voice With Exit Tickets for Self Reflection
35:00
May 02, 2022
Episode 25: The Power of a Mission Statement
Episode 25: The Power of a Mission Statement
This week, Kathryn and Theresa talked to Kevin Feher, a high school band director in Southeast Pennsylvania. After graduating from Duquesne University with a degree in music education, Kevin taught in a variety of settings before joining the music department at Penn Ridge High School, where he has taught for the last seven years. In this interview, Kevin talks about how he incorporates mission statements in his high school band program.   Connect with Kevin and learn more:   F-Flat Books - Kevin Feher Musicast Podcast  Musicast Episode 2.14: Kevin Feher - Finding Balance Through Student Leadership Penn Ridge High School  Get a free book preview here: Pass the Baton: Empowering All Music Students For more info: Pass the Baton Free Download: 6 Questions to Pass the Baton and Empower Your Music Students  Free Download: Amplify Student Voice With Exit Tickets for Self Reflection
46:43
April 18, 2022
Episode 24: Empowering English Language Learners in Music
Episode 24: Empowering English Language Learners in Music
This week Kathryn and Theresa interviewed Angela Ammerman, an adjunct professor of music at George Mason University in Northern Virginia. Angela is a lifelong music educator, teaching her dolls to sing as a young child, teaching private lessons in her neighborhood as a middle school student, and working as a counselor at a strings camp in high school. This helped her realize early on the importance of music when building community and shaped her development as a music educator. One of Angela’s passions involves working with English Language Learners (ELLs), which began when she was teaching at Annandale High School in Fairfax County, Virginia. Angela has noticed many benefits to her students as a result of participating in orchestra as ELLs. Students had more confidence, increased English language skills, and felt they were part of a community. Angela now works to share what she's learned about teaching ELLs with other music educators. Connect with Angela and learn more: Website: https://www.angelaammerman.com Podcast: #MusicEdLove George Mason University Book: The Music Teacher's Guide to Engaging English Language Learners Get a free book preview here: Pass the Baton: Empowering All Music Students For more info: Pass the Baton Free Download: 6 Questions to Pass the Baton and Empower Your Music Students  Free Download: Amplify Student Voice With Exit Tickets for Self Reflection
40:04
April 04, 2022
Episode 23: Empowerment in the Standards
Episode 23: Empowerment in the Standards
This week Kathryn and Theresa had the pleasure of interviewing NAfME president-elect, Scott Sheehan! In addition to his NAfME responsibilities, Scott is the high school band director and K-12 music department chair in Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania. He is involved with PMEA, working with their Leadership Academy and the Model Curriculum Framework project. Scott is also a Conn-Selmer educational clinician. Along with his varied roles and teaching experiences, Scott is very knowledgeable about the national music standards launched in 2014. He even worked on one of the revision teams, providing feedback on the performance track before the standards were officially released. In this interview, Scott shared some great information about the standards, including: The creation and adoption of the 2014 National Core Arts Standards and how, as process-driven standards, they differ from the 1994 standards How these standards support student empowerment How to look at the verbs within the standards to understand where to start What it looks like in the classroom Where to start when incorporating the standards more in lesson plans Connect with Scott and learn more: NAfME President-Elect Hollidaysburg High School To learn more about Pass the Baton:  Get a free book preview here - Pass the Baton: Empowering All Music Students For more information and resources - Pass the Baton Free Download: 6 Questions to Pass the Baton and Empower Your Music Students  Free Download: Amplify Student Voice With Exit Tickets for Self Reflection
41:07
March 21, 2022
Episode 22: The Value of Creativity in Young Ensemble
Episode 22: The Value of Creativity in Young Ensemble
This week’s interview features Matt Clauhs, an associate professor of Music Education at Ithaca College. Matt’s background includes degrees at Penn State University (B.S.), the University of Massachusetts, Amherst (M.M.) and Temple University (Ph.D.), as well as experience teaching band students at both the elementary and high school levels. As a jazz saxophone player, Matt has always been interested in incorporating creativity and improvisation in all areas of music education, not just jazz studies. Not only is it a positive and rewarding experience for students, creativity and artistic literacy are part of our national music standards. In this interview, Matt talked to us about a variety of topics, including How he starts beginning band students without method books or even music stands, Some quick, yet effective, creative strategies directors can incorporate in any rehearsal or lesson, How creativity benefits music students, and why we should work to cultivate amateur musicians, His advice to teachers looking to include more creativity in their rehearsals. Be sure to check out the full interview to learn more about how Matt infuses creativity and improvisation in his ensembles, along with some great anecdotes and inspiration! Creativity in Young Ensembles Connect with Matt and learn more: Matthew Clauhs | Ithaca College Creative Activities for Young Bands Get a free book preview here: Pass the Baton: Empowering All Music Students     For more info: Pass the Baton Free Download: 6 Questions to Pass the Baton and Empower Your Music Students  Free Download: Amplify Student Voice With Exit Tickets for Self Reflection
32:31
March 07, 2022
Episode 21: Making the Shift Toward Empowerment
Episode 21: Making the Shift Toward Empowerment
This week’s interview features Melissa Clark, a music teacher in Lawrenceville, New Jersey. Currently, Melissa teaches 4th-6th grade strings and sixth grade general music. She also has experience teaching 7th and 8th grade strings. In this interview, Melissa talks to us about the small shifts she’s made in her music classes to empower students!      Connect With Melissa:   Twitter and Instagram: @ClarkLISmusic Learn more about Pass the Baton: Get a free book preview here: Pass the Baton: Empowering All Music Students    For more info: Pass the Baton Free Download: 6 Questions to Pass the Baton and Empower Your Music Students  Free Download: Amplify Student Voice With Exit Tickets for Self Reflection
32:31
February 21, 2022
Episode 20: A Student-Centered Approach to Secondary General Music
Episode 20: A Student-Centered Approach to Secondary General Music
Welcome back! This week, Kathryn and Theresa interviewed Rachael Sanguinetti, a middle school music teacher in Rochester, New York. Rachael’s teaching load includes middle school chorus and a variety of general music classes, such as 6th grade foundational music, audio production and modern band, ukulele, and more. Being at an independent school, Rachael has the flexibility to create courses the students are most interested in - which is perfect for student empowerment!   Connect with Rachael and learn more:   Website Instagram: @mssangteachesmusic  Creating a Student-Centered Secondary General Music Classroom Learn more about Pass the Baton: Get a free book preview here: Pass the Baton: Empowering All Music Students   For more info: Pass the Baton Free Download: 6 Questions to Pass the Baton and Empower Your Music Students  Free Download: Amplify Student Voice With Exit Tickets for Self Reflection
27:52
February 07, 2022
Episode 19: A Performance Planned By Students
Episode 19: A Performance Planned By Students
This week Kathryn and Theresa talked to Mandy Hollingshead, an international band teacher. Mandy has taught in the Middle East, Hong Kong, and Beijing. Prior to teaching internationally, Mandy taught band in Canada. One thing Mandy has tried to incorporate in all of her schools is having students help with concert planning.  Connect with Mandy: Twitter: @MHollingshead  Email: msmandy@mhollingshead.com   Website: www.mhollingshead.com Teaching Brewed Podcast Learn more about Pass the Baton: Get a free book preview here: Pass the Baton: Empowering All Music Students  For more info: Pass the Baton
31:24
January 24, 2022
Episode 18: The Student-Centered Modern Band
Episode 18: The Student-Centered Modern Band
This week, we were excited to interview Shemeka Nash, a band director in Chicago, Illinois. Shemeka currently teaches 7th-12th grade band at Morgan Park High School and is also the fine arts department chair. She has done a lot of great things for the band program at Morgan Park, including creating a student-centered modern band. Connect with Shemeka and learn more:  Student-Centered Decision-Making in Modern Band Morgan Park High School: Shemeka Nash Learn more about Pass the Baton:  Get a free book preview here: Pass the Baton: Empowering All Music Students For more info: Pass the Baton
24:28
January 10, 2022
Episode 17: A Student-Centered Choral Program
Episode 17: A Student-Centered Choral Program
This week’s interview features Brian Ackles, a vocal music teacher at Marcellus High School, in Marcellus, NY. Brian has taught in his current position for 20 years, and previously taught middle school and elementary school music. In this interview, Brian talks about his student-centered choral program.    Connect with Brian and learn more:   Email: brianoackles@gmail.com  Leading Voices: Purposeful Teaching Through Agile-Centered Instruction    By Teaching We Learn - Students Teaching Students    Get a free preview here: Pass the Baton: Empowering All Music Students   For more info: Pass the Baton
36:54
December 13, 2021
Episode 16: Using Learning Centers to Promote Student Ownership in Music
Episode 16: Using Learning Centers to Promote Student Ownership in Music
This week, Kathryn and Theresa talked to Levi Allison, a music teacher in South Korea. Levi has taught music in Kuwait and China, and currently teaches first through third grade general music at Chadwick International School. Levi’s school follows the IBPYP (International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme) framework and inquiry-based learning is prevalent in his classroom. In this interview, Levi talked to us about he incorporates learning centers in his music classes.   Connect with Levi and learn more:   Twitter: @Levi_Allison42   Recess Duty Podcast LinkedIn: Levi Allison Website: www.leviallison.com    Blog post: Empowering Student Ownership Through Choice   Get a free preview: Pass the Baton: Empowering All Music Students   For more info: Pass the Baton  
34:45
November 29, 2021
Episode 15: Creativity Through Music Composition (Part 3)
Episode 15: Creativity Through Music Composition (Part 3)
This week’s interview features one of our co-authors, Theresa Hoover. Theresa is a former middle school band director, currently working as a music education and technology integration specialist. In this episode, Theresa talks about how she incorporated creativity and music composition in her middle school band classes.    Connect with Theresa and learn more:   www.musicaltheresa.com   Twitter: @MusicalTheresa  Instagram: @MusicalTheresa Creativity With Composing Pieces 13 Moons, by Jodie Blackshaw Get a free preview of Pass the Baton: Empowering All Music Students For more info about Pass the Baton
19:30
November 15, 2021
Episode 14: Creativity Through Music Composition (Part 2 of 3)
Episode 14: Creativity Through Music Composition (Part 2 of 3)
This week’s interview features Robby Burns, a middle school band and general music teacher in Howard County, Maryland. Robby talks about how he incorporates creativity and music composition in his middle school band classes.     Connect with Robby:   Twitter: @robbyburns    www.Robbyburns.com  Music Ed Tech Talk   Digital Organization Tips for Music Teachers  Music Ed Tech Talk Podcast Music Ed Tech Talk YouTube Channel  Get a free preview of Pass the Baton: Empowering All Music Students  For more info about Pass the Baton
27:04
November 01, 2021
Episode 13: Creativity Through Music Composition (Part 1 of 3)
Episode 13: Creativity Through Music Composition (Part 1 of 3)
This week’s interview features Sonya Knussen, a music educator, singer, and composer, currently living in Maryland. Sonya also runs Go Compose North America, an organization that provides music composition workshops for students. Sonya comes from a musical family, and always knew she was going to be a musician. As a result, she’s found a variety of ways to share her music both as a performer and an educator.   Connect with Sonya:   Instagram: @singsthings and @gocomposena  Sonya's website Go Compose North America Get a free preview of Pass the Baton: Empowering All Music Students For more info about Pass the Baton
38:28
November 01, 2021
Episode 12: Project Based Learning in Music Classes
Episode 12: Project Based Learning in Music Classes
This week, Kathryn and Theresa talked to Dianne Nelson, a choral teacher at Talmadge Middle School in Independence, Oregon. Dianne has experience in a variety of settings, including degrees in biology and music education, teaching experience in early childhood and Waldorf settings, and a current position teaching music pedagogy at Western Oregon University. One of Dianne’s passions in education is project based learning, which she shared about in this interview.    Connect with Dianne:   Email: DianneKNelson@gmail.com   Facebook PBL Resources    Get a free preview of Pass the Baton: Empowering All Music Students  For more info about Pass the Baton 
34:18
November 01, 2021
Episode 11: Crafting Student-Centered Lessons (Part 2 of 2)
Episode 11: Crafting Student-Centered Lessons (Part 2 of 2)
In part two of this interview, Kathryn and Theresa continue the conversation with Jesse Rathgeber, a music education professor at Augustana College. Jesse discusses his views on planning and teaching student-centered music classes. Jesse’s wealth of knowledge and passion for music education are evident, creating an interview you don’t want to miss.   Connect with Jesse:   Twitter & Instagram: @Jesse_Rathgeber   Email: jesserathgeber@augustana.edu   Jesse's website   Get a free preview of Pass the Baton: Empowering All Music Students For more info about Pass the Baton
23:10
November 01, 2021
Episode 10: Crafting Student-Centered Lesson (Part 1 of 2)
Episode 10: Crafting Student-Centered Lesson (Part 1 of 2)
In this two-part interview, Kathryn and Theresa talk to Jesse Rathgeber, a music education professor at Augustana College, about his views on planning and teaching student-centered music classes. Jesse’s wealth of knowledge and passion for music education are evident, creating an interview you don’t want to miss.   Connect with Jesse:   Twitter & Instagram: @Jesse_Rathgeber   Email: jesserathgeber@augustana.edu   Jesse's website    Get a free preview of Pass the Baton: Empowering All Music Students For more info about Pass the Baton
25:59
November 01, 2021
Episode 09: Creativity and Improvisation in Ensembles (Part 3 of 3)
Episode 09: Creativity and Improvisation in Ensembles (Part 3 of 3)
Sarah Gulish is a high school music teacher outside of Philadelphia, PA. She teaches orchestra, guitar, and “Creativity and Collaboration,” which is a required course at her school. Sarah is a 2007 graduate of Temple University, where she later earned a PhD in Music Education. Sarah runs F-flat Books, a music education publishing company, and along with Marissa Guarriello and Matt Shaffer, co-wrote the book, The Creative String Orchestra.    Connect with Sarah:   Sarah@fflatbooks.com  F-flat Books on Twitter & Instagram: @fflatbooks  Musicast Podcast The Creative String Orchestra Get a free preview of Pass the Baton: Empowering All Music Students For more info about Pass the Baton
21:18
November 01, 2021
Episode 08: Creativity and Improvisation in Ensembles (Part 2 of 3)
Episode 08: Creativity and Improvisation in Ensembles (Part 2 of 3)
Matthew Shaffer is middle school orchestra director in State College, PA. While Matt is primarily an orchestral cellist, he also played in a band in high school. That band experience, jamming with friends, drove him towards incorporating creative activities with his students. Matt is also a co-author of the book, The Creative String Orchestra, which describes ways orchestra teachers can incorporate more creativity in their classes. In this interview, Matt talks about how he does this with his own students.    Connect with Matthew:   mas55@scasd.org   F-flat Books: Matthew Shaffer The Creative String Orchestra Get a free preview of Pass the Baton: Empowering All Music Students For more info about Pass the Baton
39:17
November 01, 2021
Episode 07: Creativity and Improvisation in Ensemble (Part 1 of 3)
Episode 07: Creativity and Improvisation in Ensemble (Part 1 of 3)
Marissa Guarriello is a 6th-12th grade orchestra teacher in the Penn Ridge School District, in Eastern Pennsylvania. Marissa is an advocate for creativity in the orchestra classroom, even though that’s not how she got her start in music! In this interview, Marissa talks about how she made this transition and why she feels it has been so beneficial to her students.   Connect with Marissa:   mguarriello47@gmail.com   F-flat Books: Marissa Guarriello Instagram: Penn Ridge Orchestra Instagram: Musicast Podcast Twitter: Penn Ridge Orchestra Get a free preview of Pass the Baton: Empowering All Music Students  For more info about Pass the Baton
23:45
November 01, 2021
Episode 06: Empowering Students Through Games
Episode 06: Empowering Students Through Games
Abigail Blair is pre-k through 5th-grade general music teacher in the Chicago suburbs. She has a bachelor's degree from Augustana College and a master’s degree from Boston University. Abigail has created several games that help empower her music students. Check out this episode to learn about "Jazz Idol," "World's Got Talent," "The Joey Awards" and more!    Connect with Abigail:  Twitter: @AbigailSBlair Instagram: @MusicWestmoor  Building Musical Minds Blair Finch Project: Gamification Freebies Get a free preview of Pass the Baton: Empowering All Music Students   More info about Pass the Baton
19:21
November 01, 2021
Episode 05: Empowering Students With Videos
Episode 05: Empowering Students With Videos
Steve Selfridge has been teaching in Garnet Valley School district in southeast PA for 20 years, teaching elementary band, middle school jazz band, and now high school band. Steve has had outstanding success creating videos to empower his band students and band students around the world!  Connect with Steve:   https://www.drselfridgemusic.com   https://www.youtube.com/drselfridgemusic   https://www.instagram.com/drselfridge/  https://www.facebook.com/DrSelfridge    Get a free preview of Pass the Baton: Empowering All Music Students   More info about Pass the Baton
25:13
November 01, 2021
Episode 04: Checklists for Student Ownership
Episode 04: Checklists for Student Ownership
Holly Gage is an elementary and middle school band director in South Dakota. She has taught in a variety of settings in both South Dakota and Washington DC and during that time has worked to make her classrooms student centered. Holly likes to use checklists in her band room to give students ownership of their music making.   Connect with Holly on Facebook    Get a free preview of Pass the Baton: Empowering All Music Students More info about Pass the Baton
20:00
November 01, 2021
Episode 03: Student-Selected Repertoire
Episode 03: Student-Selected Repertoire
Laura Johnson is a band director at a Title I middle school in Chesapeake, Virginia. Laura is passionate about having students select repertoire in her ensembles. She was inspired by her own high school band experience, where she and her classmates were given the opportunity to do this. Laura feels that many times directors choose music they think the students will like. However, instead of making this assumption, she believes it’s more powerful to let the students have some choice. As a result, Laura has identified a six-step process for having students select repertoire in her ensembles.   You can connect with Laura through the Women Banding Together Facebook group.    Get a free preview of Pass the Baton: Empowering All Music Students  More info about Pass the Baton
25:19
November 01, 2021
Episode 02: Inquiry in Music Classes
Episode 02: Inquiry in Music Classes
Michelle Baldwin is a music teacher and instructional coach at Anastasis Academy in Centennial, Colorado. She has been teaching music for 25+ years in a variety of settings and has been at Anastasis Academy since 2011. Michelle talked to us about how she incorporates inquiry into her music classes.  Connect with Michelle on Twitter: @michellek107    Get a free preview of Pass the Baton: Empowering All Music Students For more info about Pass the Baton
19:16
November 01, 2021
Episode 01: Creating a Charity Concert
Episode 01: Creating a Charity Concert
Allison Rakickas is a junior high school band director in Aptakisic-Tripp School District in Buffalo Grove, Illinois. She’s been in Aptakisic-Tripp School District for 20+ years, first teaching 5th and 6th grade band, and now 7th and 8th grade band. Allison joined us to talk about a charity concert her students planned and implemented.   Get a free preview of Pass the Baton: Empowering All Music Students    For more info about Pass the Baton
20:19
November 01, 2021
Happy Birthday, Pass the Baton!
Happy Birthday, Pass the Baton!
On November 1st, Pass the Baton turns 1-year-old! Learn more about how it all started, where we are now, and what's to come in the future!    Get a free preview of Pass the Baton: Empowering All Music Students  ➡  https://www.daveburgessconsulting.com/books/pass-the-baton/  For more info about Pass the Baton  ➡ https://www.passthebatonbook.com
11:30
October 31, 2021