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Do you help a young musician in your life practice? Are you a teacher that works with young musicians? Hosted by Christine Goodner, an experienced violin and early childhood music teacher. and author of Beyond the Music Lesson & Positive Practice, resources all about how to help families make music practice at home more effective with less conflict. TIME TO PRACTICE will bring you weekly conversations with performers, teachers, and students that will help, encourage and support you as you su ...
 
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Coty Raven Morris–speaker, educator, artist, conductor, and founder of Being Human Together–joins me to talk about judgement, being afraid of singing, proudly celebrating ourselves, houselessness, having uncomfortable conversations in the classroom, and accessing the healing power of the voice. This episode's theme music is a field recording of The…
 
Today we're speaking with Chenoa Alamu Murphy who is a violinist, teacher, and speaker who offers fabulous courses online about Black Classical Composers & Musicians, as well as Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. We talk about diversifying our repertoire, some of her story as a musician, incorporating music history we wish we had known growing up, m…
 
On this week’s podcast, we’re talking to Ruth Meints. Ruth is the Executive Director of the Omaha Conservatory of Music and creator of String Sprouts, a program that connects over 1200 students in her community to music lessons. Ruth has a new book: The Music Teacher’s Little Guide to Big Motivation and I can’t wait to dive in and talk to her all a…
 
Today we're doing something a little bit different . . . Christine is sharing five practice tips to keep in mind when supporting the young musicians in your life. Detailed show notes and transcript available HERE Find Christine's Books: Beyond the Music Lesson & Positive Practice Find Christine on Instagram @SuzukiTriangle Sign up for the next Pep …
 
Brad Webb – drummer, composer, bandleader, multi-hobbyest– on avoiding linear thinking, potentially quitting music, not having music as his main source of income, surfing, defining quality, exploring other interests, experiencing balance, and getting punched in the face by music. Brad was the first person to accept me in the New Orleans music commu…
 
On this week’s episode, we’re talking to two cellists from Salt Lake City who are performers, teachers, parents, and workshop clinicians and who run a wonderful cello choir together that has been especially inspiring to them and their students this past year. Kelly McConkie Steward: www.instagram.com/mcstewart_cellostudio http://www.stewartcellostu…
 
Shea Pierre is a Louisiana native, husband, father, pianist, and community activist. We talk about diet tips for busy musicians, low vibrational cats, experiencing taste on a deeper level, and what comes next us him post-Ida. He and his community lost their homes and most of their material possessions to Hurricane Ida. In need of support, but wanti…
 
Today we're speaking with violinist, teacher, and author Diane Worthey. Diane teaches in the preparatory Strings Division at the University of Idaho and is the author of the recent book IN ONE EAR & OUT THE OTHER: ANTONIA BRICO & HER AMAZINGLY MUSICAL LIFE and the recipient of the 2021 Paterson Prize for Young Readers. We discussed her journey with…
 
Whether you're new to the show, missed one of these, or just want another round of wholesome goodness, these are the episodes I believe best capture the essence of The Happy Musicians. Thanks Matt Kilby, Meagan Johnson, Mikel Patrick Avery, Brent Wallarab, Roxy Coss, and Sean Jones for your wisdom and support!…
 
On this week’s episode we are speaking with cellist, parent and music educator Maria De Alba. Director of the International Suzuki Monterrey Festival for 7 years and Festival Bach to Cello for 2 years.She currently lives in Europe, Poland where she directs the Suzuki Cello Studio with students from Poland, Mexico and the USA. We talk all about pare…
 
On this week's podcast we're talking about music practice, motivation and how sometimes practicing music looks like being a kid with Elementary Music Educator Bryson Tarbet. Bryson is a PreK-6th grade general music teacher just outside of Columbus, Ohio. He received his Bachelor’s of Music in Music Education from Ohio Wesleyan University and is cur…
 
On this week’s episode, we are speaking with Dr. Shu-Yi Scott. Dr. Shu-Yi Scott holds a MM in cello performance from Penn State University and a DMA in cello performance from the University of Texas at Austin. She became a registered Suzuki cello teacher trainer in 2019. In this episode, we talked about practice, parenting, and how young musicians …
 
In today's episode we're talking Laura Sinclair - a violinist, violist, performer and educator all about how to learn together, about ourselves and our children, as we practice. We talk about practice, big feelings that happen in the practice room, brain research and much more. Find links to Laura’s social media and resources here: https://linktr.e…
 
On this episode, we talk to Rebecca Lane. Rebecca is the director, founder, and owner of Lane Music School. She co-hosts the Kids Q the Music Podcast with her daughter Zara and coaches teachers and professional musicians in their businesses. She is a violinst, a teacher, a mom and we talk about embarrassing practice stories, practice with our child…
 
Calida Jones is a violinist with her Masters in Violin Performance and Suzuki Pedagogy from the Hartt School. She has taught in a variety of music settings including Suzuki and El-Sistema-inspired programs. Calida is an activist, consultant, and speaker. She is the former Director of Engagement at the Hartt School and has just begun a new role as V…
 
Susanna Klein – violinist, professor, researcher – shares practice psychology tips for truly enjoying our time in the shed. We talk about performance injuries, confidence vs bravery, playing through pain, journaling, recording yourself, performance anxiety, enjoying the journey, utilizing technology, and reimagining the classical musician education…
 
Michael Spiro – world class conga player and renowned educator of Afro-Caribbean musics – shares insights from nearly 40 years of annual trips to Cuba. We chat about developing meaningful relationships with mentors, how to learn new instruments, the Vietnam War, trance states, sneaking in/out of Cuba, compensation for knowledge, conga drums, eating…
 
In this episode we talk to Dr. Molly Gebrian, a violist, performer, and teacher who is an expert on the topic of music and the brain. We discuss what practice was like for her growing up, when she knew she wanted to become a professional musician, her background in neuroscience and what she has learned about effective practice that you might be abl…
 
In this episode, we’re talking with Kimberley Wong a violinist and Suzuki teacher from London. Kimberley is passionate about helping parents and families make music practice less stressful and more effective. We discuss how important it is to have community and not feel alone, Kimberley’s 3 E’s for practice, and what studying music when we’re young…
 
In this episode we talk to Abigail Peterson, a violinist, Suzuki teacher, Suzuki parent, and my co-host from the Beyond the Music Lesson Podcast. We talk about what practice was like as a professional musician and practice partner to young children over the last 18 months, motivation for music students, understanding your child’s unique needs to he…
 
Ian Molinaro-Thompson – fellow drummer and dear friend – interviews me for this one. We talk about why I don't think musicians are special, and how that's actually a freeing idea. I also share my current hot takes on Dungeons and Dragons, finding your voice, the role of artists in the digital era, musical ownership, and insights from my meditation …
 
Joshua Starkman – the "Have a Great Day" guitarist – and I talk about having a great day, humanings, insomnia, the reality of making music in a capitalist society, the role of music in our communities, managing our relationships with social media, desiring things you can't have, confessions, therapy, how whack hyper-individuality is, and (because i…
 
I'm joined by Trumpet Mafia members Branden Lewis, Ashlin Parker, John Michael Bradford, Emily Mikesell, Aurélien Barnes, Amina Scott, Michelle Welchons, and Jonathan Bauer. We talk about the power of social learning, becoming a leader, lineage, liminal spaces, cultivating community, and what happens behind Wendy's.…
 
Drew Tucker – vibraphone maven, social entrepreneur, and educator – joins me to talk about marching band education, taking the untraditional route, questions we should be asking our students, the elements of "good technique", weighing aesthetics vs musicality, booking your own gigs, learning to be yourself, and vibraphone players probs.…
 
Katie Ernst – bassist, vocalist, composer, and educator – and I talk about fancy crayons, her social media detox, when to stop saying yes, growing your orbit, making room for what you want, how everyone can sing, networking, and accessing deeper musical conversation. Katie is a renowned member of the Chicago music community and has received widespr…
 
Sean Jones – trumpet icon, education trailblazer, bandleader, and composer – joins me to talk practice routines, your local weather channel, getting stranded on a cruise ship, insecurity, creations of time, the ancestral pipeline, the importance of resistance, and E pluribus unum.
 
Melanie Shore – pianist, composer, MD, and podcaster – functions in two worlds. She's the happiest person in the room and the poster child for trauma and grief. She shares not only how to function with trauma and grief, but how to best support people living in that reality. We also talk about the stress of learning to improvise at a later age, sync…
 
Abby Lannan aka the Goofy Euph, and I talk through healthy listening habits and what it means to play "serious music". Abby is a classically-trained euphonium player with a masters degree, and she plays video game music. Why are musicians so hung up on what art counts as "serious"? How do university programs contribute to this obsession? How can we…
 
Sarah Thawer – drum sensation and creative tidal wave – joins me to talk about cultivating a healthy, authentic relationship with social media. We also laugh about living with our parents, the connection between happiness and growth, and how to lose 500 followers in a day.
 
Percussionist Josh Jones shares how a mindful approach to technique empowers you to embody your emotions while playing. The principal percussionist of the Kansas City Symphony turns the tedious practice of technique into an endless process of learning how your body works.
 
Frank Diaz draws on several decades of mindfulness scholarship, practice, and education to answer the big question: what is mindfulness? Through guided exercises and discussion we explore what constitutes a serious mindfulness practice, how it relates to music performance and deep listening, and how to realize the benefits of a mindfulness practice…
 
Kris Johnson – trumpeter, educator, composer, and arranger – joins me to reimagine the education system for the modern age. All music educators should tune in for this one! We talk about the calling of mentorship, bringing lions into the classroom, and we pay our respects to the recently departed Courtney Isaiah Smith.…
 
Percussionist and Girls March founder Raychel Taylor joins me to shape a happier, healthier, and more inclusive marching arts community. We talk about female mentorship, female-to-female peer relationships, and moving from a "I'm scared of you" to a "Can I learn from you?" mindset. All band directors and marching band musicians need to hear this on…
 
Ace drummer Steve Goold and I talk about falling in love with teaching, gauging your standing in the music community, and studying music without loosing your connection to what it really is. Steve has worked with Ben Rector, Mat Kearney, Sarah Bareilles, Owl City, and Cory Wong, and it was a true pleasure to chat and soak up some of his gratitude.…
 
Steve Houghton – internationally renowned jazz drummer, percussionist, clinician, author, and educator– joins me to share insights from over 30 years of professional teaching. They discuss measuring progress, finding your niche, the importance of projects, and actionable advice for improving university programs. Yeah baby!…
 
(Pt. 2 of 2) Beat maker, musician, and thought leader Isaiah Smith continues an incredible overview of US history from the black perspective. Pt 2 focuses on modern day problems of Trump, police brutality, and class warfare, and offers solutions and actionable advice for confused white people like myself. This is an excellent resource to begin repr…
 
(Pt. 1 of 2) Utah pianist, composer, vocalist, and historian Isaiah Smith joins me to share a black perspective on American history and music. We discuss racism in Utah, how music schools overlook the African influence on European composers, and his interpretation of American history from the start of slavery to Dr. King.…
 
Wayne Wallace - prolific recording artist, composer, arranger, and producer - joins me to discuss the state of the music world in the midst of Covid-19. He shares a seasoned perspective on how musicians can come out of this more connected with our craft, each other, and the little things.
 
Saxophonist, entrepreneur, and one woman show dynamo Erica von Kleist joins The Happy Musicians to discuss her "flip out decision" to leave New York and move to Montana. Our conversation explores the thoughts she shared in her viral mental health FB post and other negative elements of the music world. Tune in if you like the idea of making joyful m…
 
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