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Profiles in Teaching with Technology Podcast


Here at MusicFirst, we love a good podcast. We're always listening to them, sharing them, and even helping you teach your students how to make their own. So we thought: "Why not get in on the fun ourselves?"

Profiles in Teaching with Technology, hosted by MusicFirst's Founder & Director Dr. Jim Frankel, features episodes with leading K-12 music educators who use technology to enhance their teaching in innovative ways. We’ll discuss the what, why and how of their technology integration, and hopefully share some teaching strategies that you can use in your own classroom.





S4 E17: The Cavaliers Drum & Bugle Corps

S4 E17 features Monte Mast and Drew Dickey from The Cavaliers Drum & Bugle Corps. Monte Mast is the Executive Director of The Cavaliers AP&E, Inc, the parent organization of The Cavaliers Drum & Bugle Corps, Chromium Winds, King Cobras Drumline, and GearWorks Educational Programs located in Rosemont, IL. Christopher Drew Dickey serves as Associate Director of the Longhorn Band and on the conducting faculty of the Butler School of Music at The University of Texas at Austin, where he is currently completing his Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Wind Conducting. In addition to this appointment, Mr. Dickey serves as the Brass Caption Coordinator with The Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps from Rosemont, Illinois.



S4 E16: Mark Aitchison

S4 E16 features Mark Aitchison. Mark combines the roles of Head of Music at Droitwich Spa High School and Subject Lead for the PGCE (Post Graduate Certificate in Education) in Secondary Music and Lecturer in Music Education at the University of Reading, where he recently completed his Master of Arts, in Music Education with Distinction.

S4 E15: Krystal Williams

S4 E15 features Krystal Williams, Williams is a Music Adjunct lecturer for Woodwind Method for the University of Maryland Baltimore County. She is currently the Music Theory Teacher at Northwestern High School's Visual and Performing Arts Program for Prince George's County Public Schools.

S4 E14: Bill Vliek

S4 E14 features Bill Vliek, Vliek has taught secondary music in the Michigan Public Schools for the past seventeen years. Currently at Fowlerville High School, Mr. Vliek has also taught in Springport Public Schools.

S4 E13: Heath Jones

S4 E13 features Heath Jones, currently teaching Music Technology at McConnell Middle School in the Gwinnett County Public Schools system in Lawrenceville, GA. He has been the Lead Teacher for Music Technology with Gwinnett County Public Schools and is currently the Music Technology Chair for the Georgia Music Educators Association.

S4 E12: Jared March

S4 E12 features Jared March, a full time faculty member teaching 6-12 grade virtual music.

S4 E11: Denise Gagne

S4 E11 features Denise Gagne. Denise has taught instrumental, choral and classroom music from babies and preschool to College levels.  She has degrees in music and education, as well as Level 3 certification in both Kodaly and Orff.  Denise has authored or edited many publications including the Musicplay and curriculum.

S4 E10: Aurélia Azoulay-Guetta

S4 E10 features Aurélia Azoulay-Guetta co-founded Newzik, the collaborative music reading solution that transforms PDF sheet music into interactive scores.

S4 E9: Andrea Maas

S4 E9 features Andrea Maas, Andrea Maas is an Assistant Professor of Music Education at the Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam.

S4 E8: Mark Corey

S4 E8 features Mark Corey, After teaching in Lyons for 4 years, he moved to Addison Trail High School where he is now the chair for the Art and Music Departments.

S4 E7: Dr. Joshua Boyd

S4 E7 features Dr. Joshua Boyd, Dr. Boyd is the Director of Bands at Newnan High School in Newnan, Georgia. 

S4 E6: Cara Bernard

S4 E6 features Cara Bernard, Cara Bernard is Assistant Clinical Professor of Music Education at the University of Connecticut, where she teaches courses in choral and elementary methods and curriculum.

S4 E5:Jager Loyde

S4 E5 features Jager Loyde, Loyde received his Bachelor's degree in Music Education from the University of North Texas and his Master's degree in Educational Leadership from Stephen F. Austin State University. He currently serves as a Director of Fine Arts in Round Rock ISD and previously served as the Assistance Director of Instrumental Music for Round Rock ISD.

S4 E4:Brad Davis

S4 E4 features Brad Davis, Director of Upper School Band, Jazz Combo, and Music Tech at Cannon School in Concord NC. 

S4 E3: Kristina Abella-Rey

S4 E3 features Kristina Abella-Rey, who teaches pre-kindergarten to third grade general music at the Fessenden School in West Newton, Massachusetts. 

S4 E2: Richard McCready

S4 E2 features Richard McCready, Music Technology Teacher at River Hill High School, and Resource Teacher for Music Technology at Howard County Public Schools in Maryland.

S4 E1: Scott Casagrande

S4 E1 features Scott Casagrande, Education Consultant for MusicFirst and veteran band director.

S3 E20: Robby Burns

S3 E20 features Robby Burns, who is a music educator and freelance percussionist in Maryland. Robby's teaching experience ranges from elementary school through university ensembles. 

S3 E19: Lyndsey Herrera

S3 E19 features Lyndsey Herrera, she was born and raised in Modesto, CA and now teaches elementary music for Modesto City Schools.

S3 E18: Jeni Little

S3 E18 features Jeni Little is currently the Learning Area Leader for Performing Arts and Music Specialist at Hobsonville Point Secondary School in Auckland,New Zealand. 

S3 E17: Will Kuhn & Ethan Hein

S3 E17 features Will Kuhn and Ethan Hein who are both instructors of music technology.

S3 E16: Alex Stojanovic

S3 E16 features Alex Stojanovic is an accomplished music teacher at one of Sydney's most prestigious high schools. 

S3 E15: Rachel Maxwell & Joshua Johnson

S3 E15 features Rachel Maxwell and Joshua Johnson, Who are band directors at Traughber Junior High School in Oswego, IL. 

S3 E14: Jay Londgren

S3 E14 features Jay Londgren, is director of HS Bands and Jazz and Co-Chair of Visual and Performing Arts at Singapore American School.

S3 E13: Marcel Pusey

S3 E13 features Marcel Pusey, who is a composer, bassist and educator. He is Director of Award Winning Production Education Company, Bassistry Music Ltd. He is co-creator of the app O-Generator and music library Cool4School. 

S3 E12: Keith Ozsvath

S3 E12 features Keith Ozsvath, who has been sharing his life-long passion for music with the students at Rotolo Middle School in Batavia, Illinois, a six-time NAMM Best Community for Music Education, since 2000. Keith currently directs the symphonic Band, Eighth Grade Band, and Jazz Ensemble, while funding unique ways to integrate technology to enhance his students' learning.

S3 E11: James Manwaring

S3 E11 features James Manwaring, Director of Music at Windsor Learning Partnership, has been teaching music for 18 years and has created a strong ethos for music-making in his school.

S3 E10: Jillian Caci

S3 E10 features Jillian Caci, Caci has taught in the Newburgh Enlarged City School District since 1989, teaching general music, chorus, piano, and music technology on all levels. She currently directs the Cecile Chaminade Treble Chorus, the A Cappella Mixed Chorus, and the Madrigals Singers at Newburgh Free Academy Main Campus.


S3 E9: Anna Moody

S3 E9 features Anna Moody, who in 2001 began a pilot program in Music Tech with six students in an abandoned woodshop. The program was so successful, a lab was designed into the renovation of the high school in 2005. This investment paid great dividens as the Music Tech program became one of the most popular and sought after course offerings in the elective areas.

S3 E8: Jeremy Little

S3 E8 features Jeremy Little, he holds degreeds from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

S3 E7: William Evans

S3 E7 features William Evans, specializes in music technology applications, recording studio techniques and choral music. At the University of Maryland, he teaches Elements of Music Composition for Non-majors in the Honors College. He is the Director of the Music Technology Lab.


S3 E6: Leta Sena-Lopez

S3 E6 features Leta Sena-Lopez, Leta is a 29 year vetern teacher and Director of Bands at Kahler Middle School in Dyer, Indiana. Her recent interest in educational technology has led to the integration of technology platforms for the instrumental and choral programs grades 6-12 in the Lake Central Corporation.


S3 E5: Dale Duncun

S3 E5 features Dale Duncun, Duncun is a proud public school choral Music Educatior with over 25 years experience teaching middle school aged children of all abilitty levels, socio-economic levels and backgrounds. Dale is adept at teaching Middle School beginners with little or no musical experience how to read music as first sight and created S-Cubed Middle School Sight Singing Program for Beginners that is being used by teachers all over the world who teach beginners in this age group. 

S3 E4: Latasha Casterlow-Lalla

S3 E4 features Latasha Casterlow-Lalla, Casterlow has worked to revive the Theatre Arts program in three high schools, introduce the Arts Integration, implement Modern Band in 7 schools and launch 3 state approved Career & Technical Education Arts programs.


S3 E3: Simon Toyne & Alex Green

S3 E3 features Simon Toyne and Alex Green, two members of the team at the David Ross Education Trust in the UK. Toyne is Executive Director of Music, and Green is the Secondary Music Lead and Director of Music at Skegness Grammar School.

S3 E2: Paul Fox

S3 E2 features Paul Fox, South Hills Junior Orchestra co-founder. In this episode, he dives into how his organization adapted to teaching music virtually.

S3 E1: Brandon Estes

Brandon Estes serves as Associate Director of Band and Head Director of the Marching Redhawks at Naperville Central High School. He is an active educator, clinician, and arranger within the Chicagoland area.

S2 E12: Stefani Langol

Stefani Langol is a music educator, clinician, author, and education technology consultant. She is Associate Professor of Music Education at Berklee College of Music, serves as the technology coordinator for the Music Education department, and is also faculty in the Masters in Music Education program at the Boston Conservatory at Berklee.

S2 E11: Stephen Keys

Stephen Keys has been teaching for 22 years and has been the band director at Bondurant Middle School in Frankfort, KY since 2012. He received his Bachelor of Music from the University of Kentucky, Masters of Arts from George Mason University, and completed the requirements for his teaching certificate at Western Kentucky University.

S2 E10: Anthony Beatrice

Anthony Beatrice is the Executive Director for the Arts for the Boston Public Schools. He received his Bachelors and Masters degrees in Music Education from the University of Massachusetts Lowell where he was president of the MENC chapter, Drum Major of the marching band, and Student Trustee.

S2 E9: Darcie Pickering

Darcie Pickering has been teaching in the Pearl River Public Schools since 2006. She has taught strings to students as young as third grade but has felt most at home at the High School Orchestra Director - a position she has held for the past 8 years.


S2 E8: Dr. Kelli Pence

Dr. Kelli Pence has been a director at Broken Arrow Public Schools since 2008 and currently serves as Associate Director of Bands for the district. Dr. Pence is the conductor of the Broken Arrow HS Symphonic Band 1 & Symphonic Band 2, Assistant Director of the Pride of Broken Arrow Marching Band, and instructor of AP Music Theory.


S2 E7: Alphonso Jiles

Alphonso Jiles is the Director of Instrumental Music at Dr. Henry A. Wise, Jr. High School in Upper Marlboro, MD. Prior, Jiles was the Director of Bands at Frederick Douglass High School, Upper Marlboro for sixteen years. Former Minister of Music at the Temple of Praise Ministries in Washington, D.C., Jiles supervised a staff of eight with full responsibility for all music operations.


S2 E6: Marc Tartell

Marc Tartell has taught at Briarcliff Manor Scools in New York since 1996. He currently conducts the NYSSMA gold-rated concert bands, jazz bands, offers private instrumental instruction, and also teaches digital music.

S2 E5: Annie Argyropulo-Palmer

Annie Argyropulo-Palmer is Subject Leader for Music at the University of Birmingham School and a visiting lecturer in Music Education at Goldsmiths, University of London.

S2 E4: Dr. Loren Fortna

Dr. Fortna has been a music educator in New Jersey since 2001 and was named District Teacher of the Year in 2008. He has been recognized for his cross-curricular work combining music, visual arts, language arts, and technology. 

S2 E3: Brian Zeglis

Brian Zeglis is an Assistant Band Director at Davenport Central High School where he conducts the Symphonic Band, Jazz 1, several percussion ensembles, and coordinates & arranges percussion for the Marching Blue Devils.

S2 E2: Dr. Barbara Freedman

Episode 2 features Dr. Barbara Freedman, a music educator at Greenwich High School in Connecticut and a titan in the world of music education technology. Her electronic music and music production program boasts over 250 students and has been operating continuously for the past 50 years. She was named the TI:ME Teacher of the Year in 2012, authored the book Teaching Music Through Composition, and she is a sought-after clinician and consultant around the United States.

S2 E1: Fernando Navarro

Welcome back to Season 2 of our Profiles in Teaching with Technology podcast! We hope you had a great summer, and we're excited to kick off this year with Fernando Navarro from the Kansas City International Academy. 

S1 E12: Wayne Splettstoezer

Wayne Splettstoezer is in his 22nd year as Director of Instrumental Music/Music Technology at Torrington High School. His music technology program has been nationally recognized and featured at All-State conferences in Connecticut, Massacusetts, Rhode Island, and Texas. Most recently, THS was features as a Best Practice for Music Education at the 2018 Audio Engineering Society High School Educators Conference.

With his innate curiosity and self-starter mentality, he has been extremely successful in blazing a trail in music education.

S1 E11: Matt Warren

This episode features Matt Warren, a general music teacher and choral director at the Webster Central School District in Rochester, NY. He is a champion of popular music education and composition education, and has served on the NAfME Council for Music Composition.

S1 E10: Thomas Nasiatka

Episode ten features Thomas Nasiatka, a veteran music educator at West Middle School in Shakopee, Minnesota. He teaches instrumental music for grades 6-8, and leverages the school's 1:1 program to teach music production and composition. He earned his BM and MM in music education at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

S1 E8: Amy Burns

This episode features Amy Burns, a widely-known music educator, author, and clinician specializing in effective technology integration in the elementary music classroom. She has been teaching general music to grades pre-kindergarten through four, directing the Far Hills Philharmonic for grades four through eight, co-directing the elementary chorus and Broadway Junior enrichment groups, and coordinating the Far Hills Conservatory at Far Hills Country Day School in Far Hills, NJ for over twenty years.

S1 E7: Dan Schultz

This episode features Dan Schultz, a 7th and 8th grade instrumental and general music teacher at the J.P. Case Middle School in Flemington, NJ. He holds graduate degrees in music from Northwestern University and Boston University, and a bachelor's degree in Music Education from Lebanon Valley College. He is an active adjudicator throughout the US, and an active contributor to the MusicFirst Classroom Content Library.

S1 E6: Brad Fuller

This episode features Brad Fuller, Director of Music at Northern Beach Christian School in Sydney, Australia. He began his career as a touring musician and eventually transitioned to classroom teaching. Early on, he saw the potential for technology to enhance the music learning experience, and he began hosting IT seminars for music educators. He earned his Ph.D. studying Blended Learning and has an incredible program integrating music with technology. 

S1 E5: Meaghan O'Connor-Vince

This episode features Meaghan O'Connor-Vince, educator at Barnstable High School in Hyannis, MA. She currently teaches courses in music technology, rock & roll history, hip-hop history, and jazz history. She has authored numerous articles and is a frequent presenter at MEA conferences across the United States. 

S1 E4: Dr. Steven Berryman

Check out episode 4 of our Profiles in Teaching with Technology podcast! This episode features Dr. Steven Berryman, Director of Music at City of London School for Girls, and visiting research fellow at King's College London. He has been a Teach Through Music Fellow, a Teacher Advocate for Music Excellence London, and has completed projects with the Royal Opera House, London Philharmonic Orchestra, and NMC Recordings.

S1 E3: Dr. Michael Albertson

This episode features Dr. Michael Albertson, chair of the music department at a prestigious school in Los Angeles. Discover how he uses technology in his classroom to empower every student to believe that not only are they a musician, but that they are a composer.

S1 E2: Stefanie Weigand

This episode features Stefanie Weigand, choral director at Harwood Union Middle/High School, and president of the Vermont ACDA chapter. Find out how she incorporates technology into her choral curriculum, using it to fight attrition and avoid creating "20,000 worksheets".

S1 E1: Shawna Longo

Our first episode profiles the amazing Shawna Longo, a teacher at Hopatcong Middle School in New Jersey, and recipient of the 2019 TI:ME Teacher of the Year Award. Click the link below to hear our inaugural episode!