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Listen to “Education Through Music: The Podcast” on Spreaker.


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How did having music class at school influence your life?
Was there a music teacher who made a difference?
How has music informed your career, your relationships, or your self-identity? 

In our NEW podcast series, Notables, Education Through Music Instructional Supervisor Noah Teachey sits down with leaders in the music, technology, finance, and related industries to learn about the influential role that music has played in their lives. Guests share formative experiences about being exposed to music at an earlier age, the ongoing impact of music on their careers, and their perspectives on the importance of ensuring all students have access to high quality music education at school.

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Why do all students need access to music education?
How does music support students’ social and emotional well-being?
What are the effects of music on child development?
How does music strengthen school communities?
What is music role’s in addressing the academic and emotional effects of the pandemic on students?

Every month, podcast host and ETM Instructional Supervisor, Noah Teachey, explores these questions and more as he sits down with guest teachers, students, families, schools administrators, and education researchers to discuss the importance of music education in our schools. Learn how music teachers are building inclusive learning environments for all students, utilizing technology in the music classroom, using music as a tool for student growth and discovery, and more.

Join us on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, iHeartRadio, and Spreaker to hear firsthand how ETM teachers are changing the lives of New York City students through the power of music education.


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Notables – EPISODE 4: andreea gleeson
This month we had the pleasure of speaking with Andreea Gleeson, CEO of TuneCore and a leading innovator in the music industry. Drawing on her years of experience as an eCommerce pioneer in the retail industry, Andreea joined TuneCore in 2015 as a member of the senior leadership team and rose to CEO in 2021. She shares with us her early experiences with music education and her trajectory in helping build ToneCore into one of the most dynamic and innovative companies in the independent music space. Tune in to learn more about Andreea’s inspiring story and her perspectives on the democratization of music, both as a listener and as an artist.




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Notables – EPISODE 3: Waleed Diab
We speak with Waleed Diab, a music and technology industry leader who currently serves as Director, Global Head of Recorded Music Business Development at YouTube. Waleed is also an ETM Board Member who shares with us stories of his early exposure to music, its influence on his career, and his perspective on the critical relationship between music, culture, and community.







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Notables – EPISODE 2: Chris atlas

Noah speaks with music industry executive, Chris Atlas, as he shares how his musical childhood in the Bronx influenced his career choices, bringing him first to Tommy Boy Records, where he worked with the likes of De La Soul, all the way to serving as an Executive Vice President at Warner Records.

For the full transcript, click here.





Notables – EPISODE 1: andy hilfiger

In our newest podcast series, Notables, ETM Instructional Supervisor Noah Teachey sits down with leaders in the music, technology, finance, and related industries to learn about the influential role that music has played in their lives. For our first episode, Noah speaks with Andy Hilfiger, fashion industry leader and musician, as he walks us through his early experiences with music and how they prepared him for his career in bringing fashion and the music industry together.

For the full transcript, click here.




Education Through Music: The Podcast, Episode 7 - Music education is a right - how to advocate for music education with Naomi Fernandez
EPISODE 7: music education is a right – how to advocate for music education with naomi fernandez
This month we had the pleasure of speaking with Naomi Fernandez, Associate Director of Curriculum and Professional Development at ETM, to discuss the importance and practice of advocating for music education in our schools. Naomi is a veteran music educator who brings to ETM an unmatched level of experience teaching in the classroom, building K-12 music programs, developing culturally responsive curriculum and teacher training, and supporting early career music educators. Here she speaks about the practical ways educators can advocate for a robust and supported music program at their schools, and why she believes music education is a right for every child.



EPISODE 6: What steps can teachers take to center black history in their music programs?

In this month’s episode, Noah sits down with fellow Instructional Supervisor Elijah Thomas to discuss approaches to centering Black History in the music classroom this month and every month. Their insightful conversation explores the role that music education has in shaping culture and its ability to inspire innovative ways for students to understand and respond to the truth of our country’s history. A number of influential teaching and community-building resources are highlighted in the discussion as well, available below.


For White Folks Who Teach in the Hood, Chris Emdin
We Want to Do More Than Survive, Bettina Love
Can’t Stop Won’t Stop, Jeff Chang
Total Chaos, Jeff Chang
Hip Hop Genius, Sam Seidel

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EPISODE 5: What makes for an excellent school concert?

In this month’s two-part episode, Noah is joined by Marta, Joe, and Alfredo, ETM Teachers who recently led successful concerts at their partner schools. They discuss concerts that have inspired them, what they have brought to their teaching careers from their experiences as performers, and the best practices and advice they would share with early career music teachers preparing for their first student performances.





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EPISODE 4: how can the music classroom teach trust and care?

In our fourth episode, Noah sits down with ETM music teacher Arielle Lewis to discuss the role that music education plays in teaching trust and care. Arielle speaks about her personal experiences coping in the classroom in the midst of personal turmoil, as well as the redemption she experienced through building her music programs and preparing for her ukulele ensemble’s special holiday performance this season.






EPISODE 3: What is the place of technology in the music classroom?

In our third episode, Noah sits down with Dr. Jim Frankel, veteran music educator and Founder/Director of MusicFirst, to discuss the many ways in which technology amplifies the impact of a complete music education and serves as a facilitator for accessibility in the music classroom.






EPISODE 2: What do early career music teachers need to know?

In our second episode, Noah leads a round table discussion among ETM Instructional Supervisors to explore what early music teachers need to know to build an inclusive, supportive learning environment, while offering encouragement and guidance to music teachers at the beginning of their careers.






EPISODE 1: Why do we need music in schools?

In our first episode, Noah sits down with Education Through Music Teachers to discuss the value of music in schools. They reflect on their own lives as music students and connect their formative, personal experiences to the important work they do now as music teachers at under-resourced schools across New York City.