Episode 16: Interview with Tom Poshak

In today’s podcast, Tom Poshak is in the studio with us discussing motivating instrumental ensembles. Tom is a retired high school band director and taught 30 in the Ladue & Kirkwood school districts (St. Louis, Missouri). In 2001 he received the Music Educator of the Year award from the St. Louis Suburban Music Educators Association and in 2004 received the Hall of Fame Award. He now is Director of the University City Summer Band and Assistant Director of the St. Louis Wind Symphony.

Episode 15: Interview with Tony Mazzocchi Part 2

In today’s podcast, we conclude our interview Anthony Mazzocchi, a trombonist who has played with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and San Diego Symphony and is a Grammy nominated music educator of the year. Currently he is the associate director and professor of trombone at Montclair State University. He is the author of the book The Music Parents’ Guide: A Survival Kit for the New Music Parent and the accompanying blog.

Episode 14: Interview with Tony Mazzocchi Part 1

In today’s podcast, we interview Anthony Mazzocchi, a trombonist who has played with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and San Diego Symphony and is a Grammy nominated music educator of the year. Currently he is the associate director and professor of trombone at Montclair State University. He is the author of the book The Music Parents’ Guide: A Survival Kit for the New Music Parent and the accompanying blog.

Episode 13: Interview with Dr. Julie Troum

In today’s podcast, we interviewed Dr. Julie Troum, the author of The Motivated Musician blog. She does educational consulting, student seminars, and teacher workshops. Her research addresses the motivational issues musicians face during training activities with respect to the individual needs, well-being, and personal satisfaction of the training musician.

Additional information from Dr. Troum about the topics discussed in the interview may be found on her blog.

Read Dr. Troum’s dissertation “Empowered for Practice: The Relationship Among Perceived Autonomy Support, Competence, and Task Persistence of Undergraduate Applied Music Students“

Research referenced in Dr. Troum’s interview includes:

  • Andrea Creech and Susan Hallam (2003). Parent–teacher–pupil interactions in instrumental music tuition: a literature review. British Journal of Music Education, 20, pp 29-44.
  • Bonneville-Roussy, A., Lavigne, G. L., & Vallerand, R. J. (2011). When passion leads to excellence: the case of musicians. Psychology of Music, 39, 123-138.

Episode 12: Interview with Sandy Lundberg

In this podcast we interview Sandy Lundberg, a private piano teacher from Berthoud, CO and regular contributor to The Music Teacher’s Helper blog. We discuss motivating students and ways that parents can influence their children when playing music. http://sutbpodcats.podomatic.com/enclosure/2015-07-22T07_39_07-07_00.mp3 Following the interview, Sandy emailed a few additional thoughts:

I started using older students to tutor the younger ones in theory because it made the old ones keep studying their theory (motivation!). They had their own little group of students they were responsible for. It gave them a leadership role and a purpose.

I also have a world map on my wall that we used last year for earning prizes. Students moved their “luggage tag” miles on the map according to what goals they accomplished during the week. All students had to start at Denver International Airport. If they made it from Denver to New York they earned a certificate; on from New York to Paris they earned a ribbon; on from Paris to Beijing they earned a trophy; and if they earned enough miles to make it from Beijing back around to Los Angeles they got a gift card.

Episode 11: The Importance of Parental Value

In this podcast, we discuss the factors that affect whether children choose to participate in music. We are reacting to a research study by Kwang Suk Yoon. Because a major motivator for the choice is parental value, we continue our previous discussions of parental involvement in the motivation of students in music.

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Resource:

Yoon, K.S. (1997). Exploring children’s motivation for instrumental music (Bullets motivation and theories). Presented at the conference Society for Research in Child Development.

Episode 10: The Negative Effects of Incentives

In this podcast we discuss Daniel Pink’s video about the puzzle of motivation. We begin by discussing the popular psychology test of the candle problem, which requires critical thinking skills of the participants. We discuss how incentives can have a negative effects on students’ motivation to practice. We end the podcast discussing how rubrics can get around physical incentives so students can focus on improving for themselves.

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Resource:

Video: Dan Pink: The puzzle of motivation