Music Education Innovations from the United States to China

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Talking Up Music Education is a podcast from The NAMM Foundation about music education. In episode four, host Mary Luehrsen interviews Betty Heywood, Director of International Affairs at NAMM, and Anne Fennell, Music Educator in Vista Unified School District.

“If we’re going to make a flux of innovation, it has to start at the university level,” sad Fennell. “We need to have music educators who are studying music education start to look at all the possibilities of how we’re going to teach music to young people.”

Sound bites from the podcast:

“I’m not asking the student to come to my program; I’m asking my programs to go to the students. So it’s really reversed. I don’t want them to find a space in my ensemble; I want the ensemble to find the student. It’s backwards thinking; and in so doing, it’s shifted how much they care.” – Anne Fennell

There’s a hunger and a curiosity for new information that China might otherwise not have access to, and I think that was really outstanding. – Betty Heywood

“We want to engage students faster because they have this immediacy effect with technology. And with technology, we can actually create that immediacy for them, and then we teach them to love it more and deeper.” – Anne Fennell

Talking Up Music Education is a podcast produced by The NAMM Foundation about music education. Host Mary Luehrsen chats with teachers, parents, students and community leaders who share stories about what they are doing to create music learning opportunities. Please download, share and subscribe to keep up with the stories that make a difference in music education advocacy.

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