Music Education: The Storytellers

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Talking Up Music Education is a podcast from The NAMM Foundation about music education. Download and listen to episodes featuring storytellers Rich Redmond, Emmy Lou Harris and Vince Gill.

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Rhythm and Storytelling with Percussionist Rich Redmond 

Rich Redmond is a professional percussionist, music educator, and a motivational speaker. As a traveling musician, he has a versatility and wide range of accomplishments, including acting. He was in the drumline, and ended up getting his bachelor's degree in music education with percussion emphasis at Texas Tech. He’s now in Nashville, which he says is always about storytelling. He discusses his musical career, acting, and how there’s currently a new evolution of country music.

“I've been playing drums for 42 years,” said Redmond. “[In] 1976, I grew up in Milford, Connecticut, and I was hitting everything in sight, and my accountant dad and my nurse mother said, ‘You are a Type A restless kid, and we're going to get you to do something.’ So, they got me a blue sparkle snare drum, and I started taking lessons.”


Music Is Life: Emmy Lou Harris and Vince Gill Reflect on Their Musical Journeys

Guest host Dan Del Fiorentino caught up with country music legends and American Eagle Award Recipients Emmy Lou Harris and Vince Gill at The 2016 Summer NAMM Show in Nashville, TN. Harris and Gill talk about early musical influences, music as a communication tool, and the joy of living a musical life.

“The folk-music revival came along in the early ’60s.  Someone in my family got a guitar and wasn’t interested, and I picked it up, and all of a sudden, music—it was like a veil was lifted…I kind of never put the guitar down after that, and I was about sixteen.” - Emmylou Harris

“When you’re a young kid and you meet somebody that you kind of look up to and they’re nice to you and welcoming and maybe have a conversation with you…it makes an impact. You don’t ever forget it.” – Vince Gill

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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.

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