Welcome! This podcast is a place of discovery for all students, performers, educators and future educator. Join me and my guest each week as we explore why music matters. We will talk about the struggles and the triumphs, But above all we draw inspiration from one another as we explore ways to make ourselves happier and healthier human beings. Music is not just about the study of tone, technique, rhythm or theory. We will explore topics like stress management, perfectionism, communication, connection and above all self care and compassion.
The brain and music, with Stephan Betz, PHD
Importance of music for young and old minds!
Today Stephan Betz and I are going to talk about the intricacy of the brain, and how music can affect the development. How music can actually help students experiencing challenges in academics. We’ll talk about why it might be easier to start as an earlier student, but also how it can really benefit starting as an adult. We are also going to talk about what music therapy is, how it’s helpful and who it’s helpful too.
About Stephan Betz: he is a A board-certified music therapist as well as an award-winning composer in jazz musician. He plays many instruments, with over 36 years of experience. He also has a PhD in community education. He is also one of the teaching artist at Contra Costa music guild, A collective of teachers we started early in the pandemic.
To learn more about Stephan Betz and schedule a trial lesson with him visit: www.contracostamusicguild.com
Benefits of playing improvised music
On tooday I am going to talk about
My personal journey of improvisation What improvisation really is anyway. Why I like introducing it into my teachingWhy and how I think it is beneficial to classical musiciansAnd we will go over some excersise to get started as a musician or ways to start it as a teacher- and even on zoom!!!!Feel free to reach out with any questions or feedback. I can be reached at www.bayareaflutist.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Music Minus Pain with Lea Pearson
On today's episode I am talking with Lea Pearson is the author of Body Mapping for Flutists: What Every Flute Teacher Needs to Know About the Body and numerous articles in professional magazines. Those publications and her years of successful pain-relief outcomes with musicians have gained her international acclaim. She is a sought-after trainer and speaker and has presented and taught workshops at more than 40 universities, military bases, conferences, and conventions throughout the world.
Today we are going to talk about:
What Body mapping really is. How to problem solve when a student is expressing painHow to teach this more effectively onlineAnd about Lea’s new program the transformational teacher.To learn more about Lea go to
Teacher circle link: https://musicminuspain.kartra.com/page/IRl31
Planning and Goal Setting for Artist with Suz aka the Rockstar Advocate!
On this episode Suz Pulinski and I talk about the mindset needed to move forward in 2021. Suz is they creator of the Rockstar planner book, She is an expert in her field - bringing home the importance of planning and strategizing in a really effective way. On today’s show we will talk about how she started on this path to empower musicians. We will also talk about how to set goals and maintain them- again without the burnout.
Follow Suz, the Rockstar advocate here:
Directing Bands- an Interview with Josh Boyd- part 1
In this episode Josh Boyd gives great insight into what it is like being a band director during covid. He talks about virutal and inperson learning, and how to navigate between the two. I loved his insight into building community within your band programs! Definetly check out his podcast 'Directing Bands' below!
Listen on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/5aNBzNBNNXh3H3eH9p7IBU
Listen on Apple: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/directing-band/id1524501038
Instigram @directingtheband Twitter: JoshRBoyd
As always feel free to contact me with any feedback: email@example.com
Private music teachers chat, Helping students through troubled times.
On this episode I have two private instructors: Stephen Evans and Irina Fatykhova. Private music instructors have a very unique position. Our instruction is completely individualized. As creative instructors we teach the whole musician. Often our job is to find out how a students week went, what challenges did they have that week? What breakthroughs did they have that week? How did they enjoy or connect to the music? And how can I help you strategies so this next week is better. Well, with so much going on- it was impossible for me to avoid these conversations with some students. We chat about how private music instruction is helpful during these stressful economic, political and covid crisis.
To learn more about Stephan Evans and me Monica Williams go to www.contracostamusicguild.com and To learn more about Irina go to www.iplaymusic.school
Inspiring and thought provoking
I love this podcast. I am not a musician, but love music and the passion that lies within the musician. Monica does a fantastic job with interviews and getting to know each person with such sincerity. I look forward to hearing many more podcasts.
A podcast that inspires all aspects of musicianship
I am so thankful that I found this podcast as it inspires music creativity, wellness, exploration, and is very insightful. Monica is a much needed voice in the music world as she and her guest are focussing on both music and the well being of the musician. As a music teacher myself, I have found her discussions enlightening. I have adopted several of her strategies for use in my classroom. If you are looking for a podcast that both you and your music students can equally enjoy. This is the podcast for you. I highly recommend.
Into the weeds
These podcasts get into the real “it” that many musicians fail to discuss out loud. Thank you for taking the issues out of the dark into the beautiful sunny day.