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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.





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!