Reimagining Music Ed on the Talking Up Music Education Podcast

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Talking Up Music Education Podcast

Talking Up Music Education is a podcast from The NAMM Foundation about music education. Download and listen to episodes featuring artists who are reimagining music ed. 

Featured Episodes

Music Educator Anne Fennell on Co-creating Music with Independent Learners

Music educator Anne Fennell reflects on the joy of teaching music, the limitless potential for creativity in music learning and reimagining music education.

“We are biogenetically predisposed to create and be a part of music and to be a part of humanity, in relationship with one another. We need music. It is a part of our culture, and it's a valued part of who we are as humans. It defines us.” - Anne Fennell

Eric Whitacre's Virtual Choir 6 Unites in a Time of Crisis and Isolation

Composer Eric Whitacre was inspired to write Sing Gently; a new piece to share through Virtual Choir 6. In a time of crisis and isolation Whitacre discusses his creative process and how to get involved in this global Virtual Choir 6 phenomenon.

“I know from experience with other virtual choirs that there's not a lot of need to adorn it with fireworks. It's something about having thousands of people singing together. It comes with its own force. And so the music needs to be as clear and simple as possible.” - Eric Whitacre


Peter Luongo and Limitless Learning

Peter Luongo and 16 members of the Peter Luongo Ukulele Experience stop in for a lively discussion about learning literacy - learning a language, a code, and a methodology. He talks about the method of teaching from the Langley school district, and the limitlessness of learning. He also graces us with several performances, to end our last live podcast episode from The 2019 NAMM Show.

“I don't think there's a community anywhere in the world, maybe in some third-world countries, that won't have a ukulele circle in it. There's a ukulele circle in literally every community.” - Peter Luongo


Get Curious, then Do Something: Gina Chavez Explores the World with Her Music

Gibson artist Gina Chavez got her start in the Austin Independent School District where she discovered a love of singing. From the moment she discovered her dad’s guitar tucked away in a closet she’s been playing to audiences all over the world seeking to connect to audience and to connect them with each other. A true cultural phenomenon, Gina performs her song, “ Miles de Millas,” LIVE at The 2019 NAMM Show.

“I [was] kind of a sponge. I like to pick up parts of other people's cultural expression through music and try to fuse that into my music a little bit.” -  Gina Chavez. 

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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.