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Using Music To Celebrate Diversity, Community And Acceptance

In his 20th year as a music educator, Jared Cassedy, K-12 Performing Arts Coordinator for Lexington Public Schools, explains how music education creates good people. He explains the steps to create good musicians, students, and people.

Lexington is a town of 35,000 people located ten miles northwest of Boston, Massachusetts. 

This is the first of a two-part conversation recorded on December 13, 2022.

at Friday, January 27, 2023

Introducing Policies And Procedures On The First Day

Kristy White, District Fine Arts Coordinator for the Jackson-Madison County School System, gives practical tips for establishing policies and procedures at the beginning of the school year that will help to set up a band program for success. Her district, located in West Tennessee, serves around 13,000 students in 22 schools.

Kristy also discusses early inspirations that led her to music education. This conversation was recorded on December 15, 2022.

at Monday, January 16, 2023

Band's Success Starts With Kindness, Acceptance, Respect, And Support

Chris Vitale, Director of Bands at Westfield High School, was recently named to the 2022 Yamaha 40 Under 40 list of music educators. In this conversation, he talks about the importance of creating a positive environment for students through kindness, acceptance, respect, and support. We'll also learn more about the marching band's success at Westfield and how the program has grown since Chris joined the faculty in 2011. This conversation was recorded in July 2022. 

at Friday, January 6, 2023

The Right Balance Between Jazz Band And Marching Band

A discussion on the popularity of jazz among the students and their audiences with Wes Lowe, Director of Instrumental Arts at The King's Academy. We'll also learn about their marching band program and some high-profile venues where they've performed in Florida.

This conversation is the second part of an interview recorded July 5, 2022.

at Wednesday, December 21, 2022

Doubling The Size Of The Band Program During A Pandemic

Wes Lowe, Director of Instrumental Arts at The King's Academy in West Palm Beach, discusses what it's like to direct ensembles at the elementary, middle school, and high school levels and how he has grown the band program at the school in the last few years.

Wes was recently named to the 2022 Yamaha 40 Under 40 list of music educators. This conversation was recorded July 5, 2022. This is the first half of that chat.

at Monday, December 12, 2022

Welcoming Musicians With Physical Exceptionalities To The Marching Band

Cody Newman, Director of Bands at Forney High School, shares the challenges of teaching two talented musicians in the school's marching band with physical exceptionalities and how his team worked together to make sure they were prosperous members of the band. We'll also find out about his approach to marching band competitions and why the most important part of competing is the time after the performance is over.

This is part two of a conversation recorded July 1, 2022.

at Tuesday, November 8, 2022

Encouragement, Selflessness And Positivity Are Keys To This Band Program's Success

2022 Yamaha 40 Under 40 honoree Cody Newman shares stories of his early days as a music educator and how his band's unique and effective leadership program focuses on encouragement, selflessness, and positivity.

This is the first part of a conversation recorded July 1, 2022. 

at Tuesday, November 1, 2022

Providing After School Opportunities For Musicians At All Skill Levels

Anastasia Homes, Director of Bands at San Elijo Middle School, explores the school's various after-school musical opportunities for musicians at all levels. You'll also learn about how Anastasia and her students adapted to the pandemic and how strongly the music program has bounced back.

This is part two of our conversation on recorded July 8, 2022. 


at Monday, October 24, 2022