Mental Health Issues with Jennifer Wharton

Alan and Steve visit with professional musician Jennifer Wharton about mental health issues that confront music students and teachers. Links & References: Jennifer Wharton is a low brass specialist based in New York City. Though getting her start classically, Jen has planted deep roots in jazz and commercial music. She can usually be found honking … Read more

Meeting Special Needs with Alice Hammel

Steve and Alan talk with Alice about how and why students with special needs can be included in music classes and ensembles. Links & References: Alice Hammel, Virginia (USA) Outstanding Music Educator of the Year (2018) and current President Elect of the Virginia Music Educators Association (USA), is a widely known music educator, author, and … Read more

Connecting Music with your Students with Annie Savage

Steve and Alan talk with Annie Savage about practical and easy ways to make a big impact and real connections with our students. Links & References: Annie Savage is an international string clinician and performer of American Roots music. A prize-winning contest fiddler from the age of 8, Annie has performed with artists from Aretha Franklin to Ricky Skaggs … Read more

Know Your Composers: Selecting Literature with Karen Howard

Steve and Alan talk with Dr. Karen Howard about composers, literature, and the value of putting those into context for our students. Links & References: Karen Howard is an Associate Professor of Music at the University of St. Thomas, teaching music education methods, core graduate courses, and world music pedagogy. In addition to her university schedule, Dr. Howard … Read more

Jazz and More, Step by Step with Jerry Tolson

Steve and Alan talk with Jerry Tolson about the right ways to approach jazz education, race, and more in the music classroom.  Links & References: Dr. Tolson’s Recommended Introductory Jazz Listening: Jerry Tolson is a native of Mt. Pleasant, Iowa and after receiving his bachelor’s degree from Drake University in Des Moines, he taught band at several Iowa high … Read more