The Next Generation: College Music Students & Young Professionals

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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 college music students and young professionals.

Featured Episodes


Meet The Grand Prize Winners of A Cappella at NAMM: UCLA’s ScatterTones

Grand prize winners of the first-ever A Cappella at NAMM, student leaders of UCLA’s ScatterTones discuss their performance at the Grand Rally for Music Education, opening up for Bobby McFerrin, and the confidence they gain when singing together. 


GenNext’er Stephanie Landino Shares the Importance of Going To The NAMM Show

Stephanie Landino, senior at Millersville University, PA chats about attending The 2019 NAMM Show through the GenNext program and how it boosted her college-to-career path.

“Last school year I felt like I got into a little bit of a rut. Being at The NAMM Show completely changed everything about what I wanted out of my career,” said Landino. “It was just one of those moments that was a big wake-up call.”

Multiple Paths to Success: NAMM Young Professionals Sound Off on Cultivating Their Roles in The Music Industry 

NAMM Young Professionals (NAMM YP) is a network of music industry professionals under the age of 40. Several NAMM YP’ers joined us live at NASMD to talk about their roles in the music products industry, and the windy roads that led them to their current careers: Mark Despotakis, Progressive Music; Stephanie Murphy, DANSR; Nick Averwater; and Ryan West, West Music.

“I grew up in the business, sweeping the floors and sticking barcode labels in the summer and just doing whatever needed to get done. I went and did my degree at University of Tennessee in Knoxville and decided to come home and entered into the family business.” – Nick Averwater

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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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