Music education is an essential component of a well-rounded education – it catalyzes students’ academic achievement, increases their motivation for school, boosts their self-confidence, and supports their social and emotional well-being. Yet, far too many students do not have access to music education.
Education Through Music: The Podcast addresses this inequity by highlighting the value of music education to students, the critical role that qualified music teachers have in transforming classrooms into spaces of learning and discovery, and music’s unique ability to strengthen school communities. Every month podcast host, Noah Teachey, sits down with guest teachers, schools administrators, and education researchers to discuss the practice and importance of music education in our schools.
In ETM's podcast series, Notables, Noah sits down with leaders in the music, technology, and related industries to learn about the influential role that music has played in their lives. Guests share formative experiences about being exposed to music at an earlier age, the ongoing impact of music on their careers, and their perspectives on the importance of ensuring all students have access to high quality music education at school.
Education Through Music is a 30 year-old music nonprofit organization that partners with under-resourced New York City schools to build sustainable music programs.
Notables - Ep 8: Anthony Davis
We had the absolute privilege to speak with the internationally celebrated and Pulitzer Prize winner composer, Anthony Davis.
Davis is one of the “great living American composers” (New York Times). Opera News calls him “a National Treasure, and in 2023, Opera America inducts him into its Hall of Fame.
Davis was the first to write a new American genre: opera on a contemporary political subject. His X: The Life and Times of Malcolm X returns to the Met Opera this November, 37 years after its sold-out opening at the New York City Opera. “X” has taken on an almost mythic stature as the first opera to seamlessly integrate the musical worlds of opera and improvised music in a compelling story about one of the most charismatic figures in American history.
We speak about Davis' musical upbringing, his unparalleled artistry, and his perspective on music's connection with other artforms and the outside world.
Episode 11: Culturally responsive music education with Ashley Cuthbertson
What is culturally responsive music education? What is it not? And what are some starting points that educators can take to build a culturally responsive teaching practice?
We're delighted to be joined by Ashley Cuthbertson to explore these questions and more. Ashley is the Founder & CEO of A. Cuthbertson Consulting, LLC, an educational consulting firm that helps K-12 music educators connect with their learners so they can engage students of all backgrounds and abilities in high quality music instruction that develops skills for both inside and outside the music classroom.
Ashley shares with us her nontraditional journey from being a musician, to becoming a music teacher, to now supporting music educators across the country in developing skills for culturally responsive teaching. Tune in for Ashley's critical perspective on how educators can develop a lens for equity and cultural responsiveness in the classroom to ensure success for today's music learners.
To learn more about Ashley's work visit: https://ashleycuthbertson.com/
Notables - Ep 7: Wé Ani (part II)
In part 2 of our episode with the incredibly talented musician, author, and singer-songwriter Wé Ani, we pick up the conversation with a dive into her experiences as a finalist on American Idol. She speaks about how shes brings her true self to her performances, as well as a behind-the-scenes look into the production of the popular show.
Wé also talks about her experiences working with children's groups, the writing of her children's book, and her motivation in speaking with kids about music, creative expression, and how to be their authentic selves. Tune in for an inspiring conversation with a rising star who continues to leave an indelible mark on the music industry and make a difference in the world.
Notables - Ep 7: Wé Ani (part I)
Part 1 with the remarkable singer/songwriter and musician Wé Ani!
You may recognize Wé and her powerful voice from the most recent season of American Idol where she became a top five finalist. Before American Idol, her talents caught the public's attention when she secured a 3rd place finish on the TV show, The Voice. Wé honed her skills at the prestigious Harlem School of the Arts, and since then, her music has taken her across the United States and beyond, sharing the stage with legendary artists such as Stevie Wonder, Josh Groban, Chris Botti, Ceelo Green, Patti Austin, Dionne Warwick, John Legend, and Alicia Keys. Wé recently unveiled her highly anticipated EP, "Frantic," and continues to establish herself as a true force to be reckoned within the music industry.
We kick off this special conversation by exploring Wé's formative experiences with music education and her personal routines and practices for performing. She also shares with us her perspectives on the balance between talent and hard work, and provides us with an unfiltered, behind-the-scenes look at her experience becoming a finalist on American Idol.
Episode 10: What makes for great music programs?
What does it take to build a successful music program?
We explore this question with guests Elizabeth Guglielmo and Barbara Murray, current and former Directors of Music at the NYC Department of Education, respectively.
Covering nearly two decades of leadership in the position - plus many more as music teachers and administrators - Elizabeth and Barbara join us for a spirited discussion about what makes for great music programs, the role of the Director of Music as the "eyes and ears of the music education community," and what organizations like ETM bring to the effort of providing high-quality music instruction to all students.
They also share with us their perspectives on major trends in music education, the impact of supportive school leaders, and the value that the NYC Blueprint for Teaching and Learning in Music provides as a framework for instruction and for building cultural connections.
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Notables - Ep 6: Michael Repper
In this episode, we had the honor to speak with award-winning conductor Michael Repper. With work spanning five continents, Repper has an international reputation for engaging and exciting audiences of all spectrums, and for promoting new and diverse musical talents.
In 2023, Michael became the youngest North American conductor to win a Grammy Award in Best Orchestral Performance for his album with the New York Youth Symphony, marking the first time a youth orchestra achieved this milestone. He currently is the Music Director of the Ashland Symphony Orchestra, Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, and the Northern Neck Orchestra of Virginia.
Michael speaks with us about his musical upbringing, the similarities between conducting and educating, and his approach to exposing young musicians to local, contemporary artists. He also shares with us the process of recording his critically-acclaimed album with the New York Youth Symphony.
Tune in to learn more about Michael's story and his commitment to the community-building power of the arts!