Music Ed Mentor Podcast #044: Incorporating Pop Music Into Your Ensemble

Music Ed Mentor Podcast #044: Incorporating Pop Music Into Your Ensemble

I am always interested in ways to increase student engagement. This week my guest is GRAMMY-nominated music educator Steve Holley. Steve and I talk about ways we can incorporate more of the music kids listen to every day into our programs – and what can happen when we do. Should we shift our traditional music ed paradigm to be more inclusive of pop music? Is it possible to implement pop music during festival season? Can we really fulfill our curricular responsibilities by using the songs that most of us wouldn’t consider to be highly educational?

We’ll answer all of those questions – and more –  in this episode.

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This Week We Answer Three Three Questions

  • Why is utilizing popular music essential in expanding our music education paradigm?
  • How do traditional, jazz, and popular music education pedagogies differ?
  • How can we implement pop music into our rehearsals?

7 Easy Ways to Add Pop Music to Your Rehearsals

Interested in some easy ways you might better engage your students by incorporating some pop music into your rehearsals? This week’s free bonus content is a PDF with seven quick tips you can use right away.

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Elisa Janson Jones

Elisa Janson Jones specializes in helping music educators build, grow, and manage thriving school music programs. With an MBA alongside her degree in music, she is also a coach and consultant to small businesses and nonprofits around the country, and serves as the conductor of her local community band. She has been teaching music for nearly 20 years and currently holds the prestigious position of elementary music teacher at a private K-8 Catholic School in Grand Junction, Colorado. Elisa was a top presenter at the NAfME National Conference in 2017 and will be presenting at state conferences in 2018. She is the founder of the International Music Education Summit and the author of The Music Educator’s Guide to Thrive.

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