The Music Ed Amplified podcast is about the ups and downs of teaching music in the real world. Missy engages with multiple music education topics, approaches, and philosophies from her unique perspective as a Feierabend-friendly teacher. Along the way she’ll also talk about learning to confront racism, bias, and inequity, both personally and professionally. Join Missy on the journey to help create a more musical, thoughtful, joyful, and just world!
Dr. Krissy Doyle-Thomas: Everyday Neuroscience for Music Teachers | S02E12
Canadian neuroscientist Dr. Krissy Doyle-Thomas talks with Missy about music and the brain, and touch on the importance of neuroplasticity in learning. They also discuss the tremendous stress under which many educators find themselves, with Dr. Krissy offering a few powerful, practical steps to help teachers protect their overall mental well-being.
Dr. Krissy Doyle-Thomas (Ph.D.) is a Medical Neuroscientist and Professor in Toronto, Canada. She is an expert in medical conditions that affect the brain and mental health. She has received several prestigious fellowships including fellowships from the Canadian Institute for Health Research and the Networks of Centres of Excellence of Canada. Dr. Krissy’s research has been published in numerous high impact peer-reviewed journals and presented nationally and internationally to both academic and non-academic audiences. Dr. Krissy has been celebrated as one of Canada’s top 150 black women who excels within her field.
Dr. Krissy is passionate about helping people maximize their potential as it relates to understanding how the brain works. She is committed to translating scientific research into meaningful information that can help communities live healthy, mindful lives.
Dr. Doyle Thomas’ Instagram: @dr.krissy.phd
Karen Howard: So Now What? Going Beyond Performative Allyship | S02E11
Tune in to hear Dr. Karen Howard, the very first guest on Music Ed Amplified, talk about what has happened in Music Ed since their first interview in 2020 when it comes to decentering whiteness. We have more DEI committee’s than ever, but have we made real gains in these areas in our music classrooms and what can we do to keep moving forward as a profession?
Karen Howard is Associate Professor of Music at the University of St. Thomas. She teaches courses in global music traditions that emphasize marginalized and underrepresented cultures, transforming music education curricula, research methods, children’s music, and vocal/choral music.
Karen’s research has been published in the Journal of Research in Music Education, International Journal of Research in Choral Singing, and Music Educators Journal. Her books include World Music Pedagogy Vol III: Secondary School Innovations, First Steps in Global Music, and Dance Like a Butterfly: Songs from Liberia, Senegal, Nigeria, and Ghana. Karen is the editor of the newly created series World Music Initiative (WMI) through GIA Music. While all music is music of the world, WMI is focused on uplifting underrepresented traditions in music education.
Karen is a frequent presenter on matters of diversity in curriculum, anti-racism in music education, and performance practices from multiple cultures. She is also one of the facilitators of the Smithsonian Folkways (SFW) Certificate in World Music Pedagogy as well as part of the Education Advisory Committee for SFW.
Mentioned in the Episode
Cultural Connections by Design: https://ccbydesign.org/
Decolonizing the Music Room: https://www.decolonizingthemusicroom.com/
Passionate Black Educator (Jasmine Fripp) Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/passionateblackeducator
Learning for Justice: https://www.learningforjustice.org/?gclid=CjwKCAjwjtOTBhAvEiwASG4bCFSuSfTYQCEVmUG_BnR4Cb0v8_SGrtyG5kd1CfEKBXEZoAnG3IAIXhoCsbAQAvD_BwE
Smithsonian World Music Pathways Summer 2022 Course https://folkways.si.edu/folkways-courses-university-of-st-thomas-2019
GIA Publications: https://giamusic.
Alice Hammel: Connecting with Autistic Students in the Music Room | S02E10
Does the thought of working with Autistic students make you uneasy, or do you feel lost knowing how best to serve this population in your school? Join Missy as she speaks with Dr. Alice Hammel about how to forge true connection with these students, especially in the context of a self-contained classroom.
Dr. Alice Hammel, Virginia Music Educator Association Outstanding Educator (2018) and current President of the Virginia Music Educators Association, is a widely known music educator, author, and clinician whose experience in music is extraordinarily diverse. She is a member of the faculty of James Madison University, and has many years of experience teaching instrumental and choral music in public and private schools.
Dr. Hammel has put these varied experiences to great use while compiling a large body of scholarly work. She is a co-author for four texts: Teaching Music to Students with Special Needs: A Label-free Approach, Teaching Music to Students with Autism, Winding It Back: Teaching to Individual Differences in Music Classroom and Ensemble Settings, and Teaching Music to Students with Special Needs: A Practical Resource. Dr. Hammel is Past-President of the Council for Exceptional Children – Division for Visual and Performing Arts Education.
Dr. Hammel’s Books:
Teaching Music to Students with Autism
Teaching Music to Students with Special Needs: A Practical Resource
Teaching Music to Students with Special Needs: A Label-Free Approach
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Whachu Think, Sis? Three Black Women’s Perspectives on the Current State of Music Education: Part 2 | S02E09
Part 2 of the conversation with Maria A. Ellis (Girl Conductor), Jasmine Fripp (The Passionate Black Educator), and Karla Bell (The Graceful Educator) as they talk honestly about what is going on in music education, especially when it comes to issues of diversity, equity, and antiracist practices.
Whachu Think, Sis? Three Black Women’s Perspectives on the Current State of Music Education: Part 1 | S02E08
Listen in on a conversation with 3 powerhouse music educators: Jasmine Fripp (The Passionate Black Educator), Maria A. Ellis (Girlconductor), and Karla Bell (The Graceful Educator) as they talk honestly about what is going on in music education.
Karla Bell, The Graceful Educator, is a veteran Music educator, serving more than 15 years in diverse settings, serving grades Kindergarten through 12th grade and post-secondary education. She currently serves as the Choral Director William Penn High School in Colonial School District in New Castle, Delaware. She is a mentor and teacher’s teacher. Using equity, anti-racist, and trauma-informed lenses, she facilitates graceful learning spaces for scholars and empowers fellow educators to do the same. Karla believes in the gifting and potential of every person she encounters. She is a catalyst. Her passion is removing barriers for uninhibited access to opportunity and laying a strong foundation for present and future generations. She leads and serves on equity and curriculum teams and facilitates professional development at the school, district, and state levels.
The Graceful Educator Website: https://www.educatingwithgrace.com/
Maria A. Ellis is a very passionate music educator and choral conductor. She currently serves as the Director of The Sheldon’s City of Music All-Star Chorus and is the host of Bach and Beyoncé – The Radio Show on Classic 107.3 FM The Voice for the Arts in St. Louis, MO. Maria is an active clinician, adjudicator and presenter throughout the United States and abroad. Maria holds a B.M. in Music Education emphasis on Voice (K-12 Certified) Degree from the University of Missouri- St. Louis. She has served as a host for The St. Louis Symphony’s Link Up Program, The Community Engagement Manager for The St. Louis Children’s Choirs and an Ensemble Director for The St. Louis Children’s Choirs new Virtual Chorus. Maria is the Repertoire and Resource Chair of Inclusivity for the Missouri Choral Directors Association. She is an active member of the American Choral Directors Association, National Association of Music Educators, Missouri Alliance for Arts Education and holds Level 3 Certification from the CME Institute for Choral Teacher Education. Maria is the owner of Girl Conductor LLC which provides diverse music education resources.
Maria’s Website: http://www.girlconductor.com
Jasmine Fripp is the founder of The Passionate Black Educator (PBE), an organization that advocates for Black and Brown students by providing opportunities to learn and advance through music, fine arts, and education. PBE empowers current and future educators of all cultural backgrounds and career fields to create classroom environments where teaching is effective, all cultures are celebrated within the curriculum, and solidarity is mandatory. Jasmine also serves as Director of Choral Activities and General Music Instructor at KIPP Nashville Collegiate High School.
Jasmine’s Solidarity Superheroes page on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/260988188723223
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Elise Hackl-Blumstein: Accessibility in the Music Room | S02E07
Have you struggled when it comes to making sure that all learners in your classroom have equal access to your instruction? This conversation between Missy and Elise is a great starting point for you- listen to Elise talk about Universal Design for Learning and how it can transform your program and learn about how it goes hand in hand with Social Emotional Learning.
Elise Hackl (she/her) is a neurodivergent accessible music teacher & accessibility coach in the northwest suburbs of Chicago, working with neurodiverse individuals from preschool through adulthood. Elise is a proud alum of Illinois State University (BS in Music and Special Education ’14), Concordia University Chicago (MA ’17, MMEd with Principal Certification ’22), and Wichita State University (MME ’19). Elise’s main focus in her research is training and preparation for accessible classrooms. In 2018, Elise was nominated for the Illinois State Board of Education ‘Those Who Excel’ Teacher of the Year program, receiving an award of merit.
Elise has presented multiple sessions at NAfME, ACDA conferences, and has served as a featured guest on many podcasts. Her contributions can be found in music journals around the Midwest as well as printed work with Music ConstructED and F-flat Books. Elise has also contributed chapters for the GIA book Portraits of Music Education and Social Emotional Learning (edited by Scott Edgar, published in 2021), and for the Oxford University Press resource Teaching Music to Students with Special Needs: A Practical Resource (by Alice Hammel & Ryan Hourigan, published in 2017). Elise currently serves as the director of the International Championships of High School (ICHSA) and judge of Collegiate a Cappella. In order to help make music more accessible for all, Elise has an accessible music store designed with financial and neuro/physical diversity in mind (shorturl.at/rzEP4) and often shares lessons and activities on her teacher instagram page @accessiblemusicroom.
Accessible music store (lots of freebies): shorturl.at/rzEP4
UDL (Cast.org): https://udlguidelines.cast.org/
Kimberly McCord, has lots of resources, but here is a great one- https://www.amazon.com/Exceptional-Music-Pedagogy-Children-Exceptionalities/dp/0190234563/ref=sr_1_1?qid=1642093524&refinements=p_27%3AKimberly+A.+McCord&s=books&sr=1-1
Elaine Bernstorf, The Music and Literacy Connection has a lot of great ideas- a href="https://www.amazon.com/Music-Literacy-Connection-Dee-Hansen/dp/1475805993/ref=sr_1_1?crid=2MLMGWWQGGLS4&keywords=elaine+bernstorf&qid=1642093539&s=books&sprefix=elaine+bernstorf%2Cstripbooks%2C61&sr=1-1" target="...
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Oh wow this podcast is *exactly* what we need right now in music education. Each episode delivers MAJOR professional development (bleck) in an efficient and easily digestible way. The best part of this podcast is the diverse voices that Missy amplifies (see what I did there?) to share their expertise. The content is timely and truly makes me review and sometimes deconstruct the instructional choices that I’ve made or am making. It is refreshingly honest in a way that is neither pessimistic or gaslighting, which is a welcome change from most education-focused podcast. Thank you for bringing this into my life! Please don’t stop!
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Thank you for all of the wonderful work you are putting into this podcast! All music educators should be taking the time to listen, reflect, and continue on with the work that we are fortunate enough to get to be a part of as listeners. Every guest and conversation brings new perspectives, ideas, and opportunities to reflect on our practice.
An invaluable tool for any educator, but especially music educators.
Music Ed Amplified is an invaluable tool for any and all educators, but especially those interested in current topics in music education. Special guests on the show are of the highest caliber specialists in their fields, and address the need to confront our own personal and professional biases and experiences with racism and inequity in our classrooms and in our lives. If you are a rookie teacher, or a 30 year veteran, this is a podcast you need to check out. The discussions that occur will cause you to take inventory of your own feelings and teaching practices, and will give you the grace to accept what has been done and the power to change for the future.