Episode 38: Amateurism in Music Education

Pass the Baton: Empowering Students in Music Education

Nov 21 2022 • 34 mins

In episode 38, Kathryn and Theresa talked to Dr. Tom FitzStephens, a high school music teacher in Atlanta, Georgia. Tom’s teaching assignment includes chorus, AP music theory, and guitar classes. He has a master’s degree in choral conducting and a PhD in music education. Tom considered himself a relatively traditional choral teacher until he started working towards his PhD. Learning about different styles and philosophies of music education expanded his view of what the music classroom could be. Teaching for amateurism helps students see how music will benefit their lives beyond participating in the school ensemble.

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