Country Artists Sound off on Music in Schools

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Talking Up Music Education Podcast

Talking Up Music Education is a podcast from The NAMM Foundation that shares news and stories about music education. This week we are sharing podcasts that fans of country music will love!  

Episodes 35, 36 and 15 include interviews with Kristian Bush of Sugarland, singer-songwriter Emmy Lou Harris, and country superstar Crystal Gayle.

“Music has been wonderful for me. It supported me in my early years. It gave back to me, and the school system gave back to me,” said Gayle. “[Teachers] were there for me as a child, and we have to be there for our children now.”

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Kristian Bush


Emmy Lou Harris 

Crystal Gayle 

Sound Bites From the Podcasts

“My first guitar teacher told me to go and sit in front of the television and try to play the songs that I heard.” - Kristian Bush

“[Music] puts us in touch with ourselves and connects us to other people.” – Emmylou Harris

“My mother was a singer. She'd sing with her twin sister. My father played guitar. It was all around me, and so I was just elated when I found music in the schools.” - Crystal Gayle

“Hard work is going to out pace talent every day. I know that sounds funny to say, but if you really think about it…there's somebody else, maybe not as talented, but close, that just wants to work harder than you.” - Kristian Bush

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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