Music Podcasts Music Educators Can Follow
MTNA Business Digest, Volume 2, Issue 2
It doesn’t seem that long ago when I could count on one hand how many music podcasters were out there (that I knew of). There seems to have been an explosion in the last few years because I am finding new music podcasts all the time. The beauty of it all? Every one of them has a unique voice!
Why Listen to Podcasts?
I recently read that as off 2022, 62% of Americans will have listened to a podcast some time in their lives. This was an increase from 57% just the year prior. Of those who listen to podcasts, 74% tune in to learn new things, while others listen regularly for entertainment, to keep up to date, to relax and for inspiration. (Source: https://riverside.fm/blog/podcast-statistics)
We can listen to podcasts at home, in the car, on a walk or working out. Podcasts allow us to continue to learn on the go as we listen and use our imagination.
Where to Begin?
I gathered more than 25 music podcasts channels that you might enjoy listening to. Podcasts topics will vary from independent music studio support, topics for students and parents, piano teaching, general music, voice and a couple that might inspire creative ideas to try with your students. You can find them on MusicEducatorResources.com. Browse through and choose the ones that speak to you.
Looking for a good read?
The Laws of Human Nature by Robert Greene, by Robert Greene
While reading this book, I was often stopped in my tracks by its profound and sometimes brutal truths, yet I ultimately found a great sense of peace and purpose as I worked through its pages. If you manage people, work with people or are a person, this book will help you.
This was my first introduction to Robert Greene, though I had heard of his 1998 bestseller, The 48 Laws of Power. I discovered The Laws of Human Nature while on vacation, having made it through my beach reading. I was fascinated by the title yet intimidated by the vastness of its subject. I am glad I got the book and dove in.
I chewed on The Laws of Human Nature in five to eight page chunks; underlining, writing notes in the margins and spending much time staring off into the distance as I felt interactions in my life, things inside myself, things in my relationships, mistakes I had made and hard lessons learned come into an almost chilling focus.
Greene has been called a modern Machiavelli, and there were times where I felt that I was being asked to manipulate. Yet each of the times I felt myself resisting the pull of his arguments, I would find pages later where the lessons taught and patterns revealed would all fall into place.
As an eye cannot see itself, so too a human mind revealing deep patterns of human nature seems an almost impossible accomplishment. However, in this book, Mr. Greene has unlocked patterns of human behavior often hidden in plain sight but just as often mysterious and elusive. The clarity of his insights and the direct and pragmatic ways he instructs his readers as “students of human nature” to get the most out of these insights are simply amazing.
Greene starts each chapter with the retelling of the experiences of a historical figure. Ranging from the likes of Howard Hughes, Pericles and Queen Elizabeth I, he brings the forces of human nature into clear focus. We witness these giants from the past struggle with themselves, their communities and their times. Each chapter then interprets the ways these figures managed their conditions as they headed towards triumph or tragedy. He then reveals key lessons related to human nature.
The real magic, in my opinion, is what he does next. In each chapter, once he builds his case, he challenges us directly and personally. Inevitably we have already been thinking through how we would have handled each of these historical situations. Yet he calls us on this, and if we are being honest with ourselves, we must admit we would have fallen into similar traps. He then follows this with lessons on how we can avoid these pitfalls in our own lives.
The last chapters dive into some of our greatest fears as humans. The final message is one of acceptance, hope and,, finally love. Why not make this time on earth a great one for yourself and those around you? Leaders, parents, spouses and friends are clear beneficiaries of studying a book such as this. Teachers will find this book (even its last chapters) validating, as what we do with our students can live on forever.
In this book none of us are let off the hook. Yet Greene is clear that this is part of our nature as humans and deeply wired within us. We cannot change our wiring, but we can choose to change our behavior once we realize our built-in flaws. And that ability to make a choice about how we treat ourselves and others is our greatest gift as a species.
Jennifer Foxx runs a successful piano studio in Arizona. She is passionate in helping teachers stay relevant with their students. When she isn’t teaching, Jennifer enjoys blogging and creating helpful music resources at MusicEducatorResources.com.
Kenneth Thompson is founder and CEO of MACSA—Musical Arts Center of San Antonio, Inc., a community music school with 48 employees and 1,200 students. He is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music.