Music Education Memoirs: A Podcast

Music Education Memoirs is a podcast I created in October 2023 in response to the #ChallengeForChange call to action. In many educational institutions around the globe, school music programs are underfunded and are in danger of elimination.

Through this podcast, I share stories of how participation in school music programs has benefited and even transformed students at that moment and/or provided a foundation or skill that they have recognized to be beneficial later in life. My Challenge for Change is to support these crucial programs by sharing stories of stories of impact.

Episodes are published biweekly and are typically between seven to ten minutes in duration, consumable during a short commute or a lunch break.

Although these stories relate specifically to music, listeners might find transfers that might be applicable to other areas of study. Please share this project with others who might benefit from listening. The more ears that hear these stories, the more advocacy we can build for important educational programs, specifically music in this case. 

Podcast cover image of a folder labeled Music Education Memoirs sitting on the music stand of an old piano.

3 replies

February 23, 2024

Hi Donald

Congratulations! What a great initiative and an area which most certainly would benefit greatly from a call to action. As someone who has grown up learning and playing music, it doesn't feature enough in my teaching practice. I am looking forward to listening to the podcast and gaining insight from these stories of impact.

February 28, 2024

Thanks so much for your kind comments, Mary! We don't often make time for introspective reflection, but when we do, we can discover new ripples that have transformed our lives in small ways (or large) that become monumental in our development as humans. I hope that listeners will begin to trace their paths through life back to experiences such as participation in school music programs (or athletics, or clubs, etc.) and consider the impact those experiences have made on their lives.

What a great reflective activity this could be; to trace our lives backwards in a timeline, analyzing our development very much as Malcolm Gladwell writes about others in his great book Outliers. 💡

March 01, 2024

Exactly! It is so important to pause, slow down and take the time to reflect. I do love a journal! Introspective reflection can unveil the profound impact of our experiences and how moments, like participating in school programs, can shape us significantly.

Your suggestion to trace our paths backward, akin to Gladwell's insights, is a great idea! Interesting what is says on the blurb about his book:

"His answer is that we pay too much attention to what successful people are like, and too little attention to where they are from: that is, their culture, their family, their generation, and the idiosyncratic experiences of their upbringing."

I think I may need to read this book!

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