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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.

Pass the Baton: Empowering All Music Students Theresa Hoover & Kathryn Finch

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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.

    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



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    • 34 min
    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



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    • 34 min
    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

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    • 51 min
    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 



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    • 47 min
    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!

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    • 41 min
    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



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    • 52 min

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