Pass the Baton: Empowering Students in Music Education, a Podcast for Music Teachers

Theresa Hoover & Kathryn Finch, Music Education Specialists

Welcome to Pass the Baton: Empowering Students in Music Education! Kathryn Finch and Theresa Hoover 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. Whether you teach band, orchestra, general music, chorus, or future music teachers - there’s an episode for you! read less
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Episode 64 - 4 Mistakes to Avoid When Fostering Student Ownership
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Episode 64 - 4 Mistakes to Avoid When Fostering Student Ownership
In Episode 64, Kathryn and Theresa delve into the common pitfalls educators face in music education, emphasizing the importance of student ownership and engagement. The discussion navigates through the essential strategies for avoiding four key mistakes that can stifle student creativity and initiative. From the nuances of genuinely listening to student voices to the intricate balance of guiding creative activities, this episode serves as a beacon for educators striving to foster a more inclusive and dynamic learning environment. The insights shared are not only thought-provoking but also practical, offering listeners a roadmap to empower their students and transform the classroom into a hub of innovation and self-expression. Tune in to unravel the secrets to unlocking your students' potential and igniting their passion for music education.  Other interviews mentioned in this episode:  *Episode 53, with Shane Colquhoun  *Episode 3, with Laura Johnson *Episode 13, with Sonya Knussen  *Episode 14, with Robby Burns *Episode 27, with Scott Edgar Learn more about Pass the Baton: Pass the Baton website:⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠www.passthebatonbook.com/⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠Support Pass the Baton: ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠www.buymeacoffee.com/passthebaton⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠Amplify student voice with Exit Tickets for Self Reflection! Download for free now: ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠https://landing.mailerlite.com/webforms/landing/f8l7g9
Episode 63 - Recruiting in the Music Room: Putting Students at the Heart of the Process, with Angela Ammerman
19-02-2024
Episode 63 - Recruiting in the Music Room: Putting Students at the Heart of the Process, with Angela Ammerman
In episode 63, Kathryn and Theresa talk to Angela Ammerman, a music educator in Northern Virginia. Angela discusses innovative recruitment strategies for music programs, emphasizing the critical role of student and community involvement in building and sustaining vibrant music education environments. Highlighting her own experiences and insights from her book, "The Music Teachers Guide to Recruitment and Retention," Angela shares effective tactics such as utilizing student-led concerts, leveraging favorite teachers to attract more students, and creating visual enrollment goals to motivate and engage current students in the recruitment process. Connect with Angela and learn more about her work: Website: http://www.angelaammerman.comInstagram: http://www.instagram.com/musicteachersguideThe Music Teacher's Guide to Recruitment and Retention: https://giamusic.com/resource/the-music-teacher-s-guide-to-recruitment-and-retention-book-10882The Music Teacher's Guide to Engaging English Language Learners: https://giamusic.com/resource/the-music-teachers-guide-to-engaging-english-language-learners-book-g10665Pass the Baton Episode 24: https://youtu.be/-rgpw3fzsFY Learn more about Pass the Baton: Pass the Baton website:⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠www.passthebatonbook.com/⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠Support Pass the Baton: ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠www.buymeacoffee.com/passthebaton⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠Amplify student voice with Exit Tickets for Self Reflection! Download for free now: ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠https://landing.mailerlite.com/webforms/landing/f8l7g9
Episode 62 - The Kids Come First: Student Ownership in Ensembles, featuring Kathleen Jacoby
05-02-2024
Episode 62 - The Kids Come First: Student Ownership in Ensembles, featuring Kathleen Jacoby
In Episode 62, Kathryn and Theresa talk to Kathleen Jacoby, a high school band director in Fairfax, Virginia. Kathleen’s teaching philosophy revolves around student ownership and engagement in the music program, drawing from her own experiences in a small band program where every member's contribution was vital. She shares innovative strategies she employs to involve students in decision-making processes, such as selecting pieces and contributing to rehearsal methods. The interview delves into her approach to empowering students by fostering a sense of community, responsibility, and critical listening skills. Kathleen’s methods aim to develop not just musical skills but also life skills like leadership, collaboration, and independent thinking. She is dedicated to making music education a transformative experience for students, ensuring that it contributes positively to their overall growth and development. https://bdtoolkit.weebly.com/ https://www.facebook.com/BDToolkit Learn more about Pass the Baton: Pass the Baton website:⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠www.passthebatonbook.com/⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠Support Pass the Baton: ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠www.buymeacoffee.com/passthebaton⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠Amplify student voice with Exit Tickets for Self Reflection! Download for free now: ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠https://landing.mailerlite.com/webforms/landing/f8l7g9
Episode 61 - Empowering Tomorrow's Musicians: Innovation in Music Education
22-01-2024
Episode 61 - Empowering Tomorrow's Musicians: Innovation in Music Education
In episode 61, Kathryn and Theresa talk to Dr. Rob Pethel, an innovative music educator with a passion for guitar and virtual teaching. Rob talks about the importance of embracing change and innovation in music education, shedding light on his approach to keeping students engaged and motivated in a virtual environment. He discusses methods for fostering a creative and productive learning space, highlighting the critical role of technology in modern music education. Rob also shares practical insights on how educators can empower themselves and their students through individualized learning paths, technology integration, and a focus on mental and spiritual well-being. This episode not only explores the dynamics of virtual music teaching but also provides valuable perspectives for educators on adapting to and thriving in the evolving educational landscape. Rob’s experiences and strategies offer a roadmap for educators looking to navigate the new era of music education with confidence and creativity. Website: RobPethel.comBlue Guitar Classroom Curriculum: https://blueguitar.us/ YouTube Channel:  www.youtube.com/@MusicPrismTeaching Guitar Workshop: https://www.discoverguitar.com/tgw/ Learn more about Pass the Baton: Pass the Baton website:⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠www.passthebatonbook.com/⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠Support Pass the Baton: ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠www.buymeacoffee.com/passthebaton⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠Amplify student voice with Exit Tickets for Self Reflection! Download for free now: ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠https://landing.mailerlite.com/webforms/landing/f8l7g9
Episode 60 - Empowering Music Educators Through Self-Initiated Professional Development
08-01-2024
Episode 60 - Empowering Music Educators Through Self-Initiated Professional Development
In Episode 60, Kathryn and Theresa interview Kyle Smith, a high school band director from Maine. Kyle discusses his journey and experiences, emphasizing the importance of continuous growth and learning in education. He shares insights from his podcast "The Growing Band Director," where he and his guests explore various educational topics. Kyle talks about effective teaching methods and the significance of keeping music education engaging and relevant. He highlights key lessons learned from his podcast, including practical teaching strategies and the importance of tone in music. Kyle's approach to education is characterized by his commitment to growth and the pursuit of excellence, both for himself and his students.  Connect with Kyle and learn more about his work: The Growing Band Director - https://the-growing-band-director.webnode.page/The Growing Band Director Podcast Community - https://www.facebook.com/groups/1197885914386437 Learn more about Pass the Baton: Pass the Baton website:⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠www.passthebatonbook.com/⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠Support Pass the Baton: ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠www.buymeacoffee.com/passthebaton⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠Amplify student voice with Exit Tickets for Self Reflection! Download for free now: ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠https://landing.mailerlite.com/webforms/landing/f8l7g9
Episode 59 - Perspectives on Student Empowerment in Music Education
04-12-2023
Episode 59 - Perspectives on Student Empowerment in Music Education
In Episode 59, Kathryn and Theresa engage in a conversation exploring the intersection of music education, student empowerment, and research! Theresa, a PhD student at Arizona State University, delves into her research project that analyzes themes from the Pass the Baton podcast, particularly focusing on secondary music education.  The discussion reveals key findings: music teachers strive for their students to become independent musicians and learners by focusing on individual needs and creating a nurturing classroom environment. This encompasses fostering lifelong musicianship, encouraging creative thinking, and developing critical life skills. The conversation also touches on the nuanced use of language in education, the evolution of teaching practices, and the importance of creating conditions for student empowerment rather than merely bestowing it. Theresa's research underscores the significance of student agency and personalized learning, providing valuable perspectives for anyone involved in educational practices. www.theresahoover.com/perspectives-on-empowerment/ www.offthebeatenpathinmusic.com https://fflat-books.com/product/empowering-ensembles-with-technology/ Learn more about Pass the Baton: Pass the Baton website:⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠www.passthebatonbook.com/⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠Support Pass the Baton: ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠www.buymeacoffee.com/passthebaton⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠Amplify student voice with Exit Tickets for Self Reflection! Download for free now: ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠https://landing.mailerlite.com/webforms/landing/f8l7g9
Episode 58 - Spotlight on Genius Hour in the Elementary Music Room
20-11-2023
Episode 58 - Spotlight on Genius Hour in the Elementary Music Room
In Episode 58, Kathryn and Theresa interview Jamie Widener, a music educator passionate about incorporating Genius Hour in her elementary music classes. The episode focuses on Jamie's approach to engaging students by allowing them to pursue music-related passion projects, inspired by Google's strategy of allowing employees to dedicate 20% of their work time to personal projects. Jamie discusses the practical aspects of implementing Genius Hour in the music classroom, including project selection, time management, and fostering creativity and autonomy among students. This method has been successful in engaging students by allowing them to explore topics they are passionate about, leading to diverse projects like instrument building and experimenting with different musical genres. The episode emphasizes the importance of student choice and empowerment in education, highlighting the benefits of Genius Hour in developing not only musical skills but also soft skills like collaboration, research, and presentation. Connect with Jamie: Instagram: @Caffeinated.JBlog: https://caffeinatedj.com/Genius Hour: https://caffeinatedj.com/genius-hour-in-elementary-music/ Learn more about Pass the Baton: Pass the Baton website:⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠www.passthebatonbook.com/⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠Support Pass the Baton: ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠www.buymeacoffee.com/passthebaton⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠Amplify student voice with Exit Tickets for Self Reflection! Download for free now: ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠https://landing.mailerlite.com/webforms/landing/f8l7g9
Episode 57 - Nurturing Inquisitive Minds in Young Musicians
06-11-2023
Episode 57 - Nurturing Inquisitive Minds in Young Musicians
In episode 57, Kathryn and Theresa talk to SJ, a music educator originally from India, now teaching in Dubai. In this interview, SJ discusses his approach to teaching music to early and primary year students. He emphasizes the importance of using the voice as a primary instrument in the classroom and reflects on his transition from a traditional, teacher-centered approach to a more inquiry-based, student-centered style. SJ advocates for creating a learning environment that sparks curiosity and allows students to explore and engage deeply with music. He shares insights on the significance of adapting lessons to meet the diverse needs and interests of students, highlighting the need for flexibility and the power of involving students in the planning process to foster a sense of empowerment and ownership in their learning journey. Connect with SJ: LinkedIn www.linkedin.com/in/satyajeet-vijay-14776739 Website https://inthemidstofinquiry.com Facebook: www.facebook.com/inthemidstofinquiry/ Instagram: www.instagram.com/inthemidstofinquiry Twitter: https://twitter.com/midstofinquiryFacebook PYP Single Subject Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1044502739074445/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@SatyajeetVijay Learn more about Pass the Baton: Pass the Baton website:⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠www.passthebatonbook.com/⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠Support Pass the Baton: ⁠⁠⁠⁠www.buymeacoffee.com/passthebaton⁠⁠⁠⁠Amplify student voice with Exit Tickets for Self Reflection! Download for free now: ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠https://landing.mailerlite.com/webforms/landing/f8l7g9⁠⁠
Episode 55 - Assessment for Learning: Nurturing Growth and Progress in Every Student
09-10-2023
Episode 55 - Assessment for Learning: Nurturing Growth and Progress in Every Student
In episode 55, Kathryn and Theresa sit down with Terry Little, a veteran music educator with over three decades of experience. Terry delves deep into the concept of "assessment for learning," emphasizing its role in making the educational process more student-centered. Instead of traditional grading methods, this approach involves students actively in their assessment, allowing them to produce tangible evidence of their learning journey. This evidence enables students to self-assess, set learning goals, and monitor their progress. Terry also touches on the importance of purpose in learning, ensuring students understand the "why" behind their tasks. Throughout the interview, Terry underscores the significance of integrating assessments into the learning process, fostering greater student engagement, motivation, and understanding of their growth. Connect with Terry: littlet@elmbrookschools.org Learn more about Pass the Baton: Pass the Baton website:⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ ⁠⁠⁠⁠www.passthebatonbook.com/⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠Support Pass the Baton: ⁠⁠www.buymeacoffee.com/passthebaton⁠⁠Amplify student voice with Exit Tickets for Self Reflection! Download for free now: ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠https://landing.mailerlite.com/webforms/landing/f8l7g9⁠⁠ We want to hear from you! How are you passing the baton? Have students started taking ownership in your music classroom? Have you created an environment where students feel empowered? We want to hear about it! No matter how big or how small, consider sharing your experience passing the baton to your music students. Use this link to record a short voice message: ⁠⁠⁠https://www.speakpipe.com/PasstheBaton⁠⁠⁠. You may even hear your story on an upcoming episode of the Pass the Baton podcast.
Episode 54 - Exploring Servant Leadership in Music Education
25-09-2023
Episode 54 - Exploring Servant Leadership in Music Education
In episode 54, Kathryn and Theresa talk to Dr. Dylan Maddix, an Assistant Professor of Instrumental Conducting and Community Engagement at Memorial University, as he shares his extensive journey in music education and his insights on the transformative power of servant leadership within this realm. Dylan delves into his experiences with various educators and how they shaped his perspective on leadership and teaching. He discusses the profound impact of servant leadership, a concept formalized by Robert K. Greenleaf in the 1970s, emphasizing its role in fostering meaningful relationships and focusing on the well-being of students. Dylan’s reflections, coupled with his research involving interviews with several conductors and educators, underscore the importance of leading with love and empathy in music education, aiming to create a more positive and holistic learning environment for students. Connect with Dylan and learn more about his work: www.dylanrookmaddix.com Podcast: https://www.bandroompod.com/Podcast: https://www.changingyourpattern.com/ Learn more about Pass the Baton: Pass the Baton website:⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ ⁠⁠www.passthebatonbook.com/⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠Support Pass the Baton: ⁠www.buymeacoffee.com/passthebaton⁠Amplify student voice with Exit Tickets for Self Reflection! Download for free now: ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠https://landing.mailerlite.com/webforms/landing/f8l7g9⁠ We want to hear from you! How are you passing the baton? Have students started taking ownership in your music classroom? Have you created an environment where students feel empowered? We want to hear about it! No matter how big or how small, consider sharing your experience passing the baton to your music students. Use this link to record a short voice message: ⁠⁠https://www.speakpipe.com/PasstheBaton⁠⁠. You may even hear your story on an upcoming episode of the Pass the Baton podcast.
Episode 53 - The Most Important Question You Can Ask in Music Education
11-09-2023
Episode 53 - The Most Important Question You Can Ask in Music Education
In episode 53, Kathryn and Theresa talk to Dr. Shane Calhoun, an assistant professor of music technology and contemporary styles at Alabama State University. Shane discusses the importance of rethinking traditional approaches to music education by challenging the notion of "music education for all," arguing that current programs often cater only to students with specific musical interests, such as classical instruments, while neglecting those interested in contemporary or popular music. He advocates for a more student-centered approach, where educators ask students what they want to learn and tailor the curriculum accordingly. Shane also emphasizes the need to train future teachers to be open to different forms of musicianship and to be willing to adapt their methods to better serve a diverse student body.  Connect with Shane and learn more: Website: http://www.musicedblog.comThe Producers of Pop: https://fflat-books.com/product/the-producers-of-pop/ Learn more about Pass the Baton: Pass the Baton website:⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ ⁠⁠www.passthebatonbook.com/⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠Support Pass the Baton: ⁠www.buymeacoffee.com/passthebaton⁠Amplify student voice with Exit Tickets for Self Reflection! Download for free now: ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠https://landing.mailerlite.com/webforms/landing/f8l7g9⁠ We want to hear from you! How are you passing the baton? Have students started taking ownership in your music classroom? Have you created an environment where students feel empowered? We want to hear about it! No matter how big or how small, consider sharing your experience passing the baton to your music students. Use this link to record a short voice message: ⁠⁠https://www.speakpipe.com/PasstheBaton⁠⁠. You may even hear your story on an upcoming episode of the Pass the Baton podcast.
Episode 52 - Unleashing Our Impact: Empowering Music Educators
28-08-2023
Episode 52 - Unleashing Our Impact: Empowering Music Educators
In episode 52, Kathryn and Theresa talk to Jen Rafferty, a former music educator and the founder of the Empowered Educator. Jen discusses the importance of educators taking care of themselves to create a positive impact on students. By prioritizing self-care and practicing breathing exercises, teachers can regulate their nervous systems and make better decisions. Jen advocates for shifting the narrative from selflessness and martyrdom to empowering educators, as their well-being directly affects student success. Modeling healthy behaviors for students can create a positive learning environment and foster emotional awareness and resilience in young learners. Connect with Jen and learn more: https://empowerededucator.com/meditationshttps://empowerededucator.com Learn more about Pass the Baton: Pass the Baton website:⁠⁠⁠⁠ www.passthebatonbook.com/⁠⁠⁠⁠Support Pass the Baton: www.buymeacoffee.com/passthebatonAmplify student voice with Exit Tickets for Self Reflection! Download for free now: ⁠⁠⁠⁠https://landing.mailerlite.com/webforms/landing/f8l7g9 We want to hear from you! How are you passing the baton? Have students started taking ownership in your music classroom? Have you created an environment where students feel empowered? We want to hear about it! No matter how big or how small, consider sharing your experience passing the baton to your music students. Use this link to record a short voice message: ⁠https://www.speakpipe.com/PasstheBaton⁠. You may even hear your story on an upcoming episode of the Pass the Baton podcast.
Episode 51 - Harmony and Connection: Leveraging SEL in Music Education
14-08-2023
Episode 51 - Harmony and Connection: Leveraging SEL in Music Education
In episode 51, Kathryn and Theresa talk to Elizabeth Peterson, a 25-year veteran teacher from New Hampshire.  Elizabeth discusses the importance of social and emotional learning (SEL) in the music classroom, especially in relation to building strong teacher-student relationships and fostering student empowerment. She emphasizes the significance of SEL in helping students become more emotionally aware and socially competent, and offers strategies to help music teachers promote SEL concepts. These not only enhance students' musical abilities but also help develop empathy, communication, and emotional understanding among them, creating a safe and caring learning environment. Elizabeth shares that proactive and explicit SEL practices can foster a sense of empowerment and engagement among students, making them more enthusiastic about their learning experiences. Connect with Elizabeth: Website: ⁠theinspiredclassroom.com⁠Free Webinar: ⁠https://theinspiredclassroom.com/freewebinar⁠ Facebook: ⁠https://www.facebook.com/theinspiredclassroom⁠Instagram: ⁠https://www.instagram.com/theinspiredclassroom/⁠YouTube: ⁠https://www.youtube.com/theinspiredclassroom⁠Podcast: ⁠https://theinspiredclassroom.com/podcast⁠ Learn more about Pass the Baton: Pass the Baton website:⁠⁠⁠⁠ https://www.passthebatonbook.com/⁠⁠⁠⁠Support Pass the Baton: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/passthebatonAmplify student voice with Exit Tickets for Self Reflection! Download for free now: ⁠⁠⁠⁠https://landing.mailerlite.com/webforms/landing/f8l7g9 We want to hear from you! How are you passing the baton? Have students started taking ownership in your music classroom? Have you created an environment where students feel empowered? We want to hear about it! No matter how big or how small, consider sharing your experience passing the baton to your music students. Use this link to record a short voice message: https://www.speakpipe.com/PasstheBaton. You may even hear your story on an upcoming episode of the Pass the Baton podcast.