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Each week, your Host Donna Schwartz brings you interviews, news, and reviews with some of the most exciting saxophonists in the world today. This is the place for the saxophone community to come together and learn through getting into the minds of our saxophone heroes. Enjoy the show and make sure to subscribe so you don't miss an episode!
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Notes From An Artist

David C Gross and Tom Semioli

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Get in on the conversation with hosts David C. Gross and Tommaso Semioli! These veteran journalists / musicians / authors delve into the lives and careers of senior and approaching senior artists who continue to thrive in various musical genres spanning rock, jazz, blues, folk, Avant Garde, experimental, classical, and permutations thereof. Notes From An Artist exudes intelligent and insightful peer-to-peer conversations, coupled with thematic playlists, offering a refreshing alternative to ...
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I love teaching music to kids! I am a certified Orff Schulwerk teacher and plan to share lessons about singing, playing instruments, recorder technique, creative movement, improvisation, guided listening, and other techniques that will help you teach music better! Find more information and ideas on my blog: www.MakeMomentsMatter.org
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Empower Your Voice is a podcast and YouTube show that helps people get to the bottom of what is stopping them from using their voice to the fullest, whether on the stage, the boardroom, or in their personal lives.
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On this show, we interview experts who help children to develop their talents. These experts can be in music, arts education, sports or an academic teacher. Basically, anyone who works regularly with children or develops programs for them. On this show, we are looking to share the strategies, secrets, and processes that these experts use every day to help kids become great.
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It's not about getting the gig, it's about enjoying it. Tanner Guss interviews joyful artists and health experts on wellness and mental health for musicians. Whether you're a gigging musician, a music educator, or (like Tanner when this started) a burnt out music major, you deserve a happy, healthy relationship with music. New episodes every Monday.
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"Welcome to the dynamic world of Manny Cabo, an award-winning singer, acclaimed music editorial photographer, and YouTube sensation, known for his electrifying appearances on NBC's 'The Voice' and NBC/Telemundo's 'La Voz.' Join Manny as he takes you on a captivating journey through pop culture, business growth strategies, and invaluable brand development insights, tailor-made for aspiring artists and creative minds. Get ready for exclusive celebrity interviews with luminaries who've left the ...
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Beyond the Music Lesson

Christine Goodner & Abigail Peterson : Suzuki Music Teacher, blogger, Autho

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Beyond the Music Lesson is an interview style podcast about learning music, teaching music, and parenting music students. Hosts Abigail Peterson and Christine Goodner share from their own experiences growing up learning music, as teachers, and as parents and each episode also features an interview with an expert to help share useful tips and information with listeners. Listen weekly for inspiration!
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Presented by ASME (SA Chapter), this podcast is for educators working both in general classrooms and specialist music classrooms. Music Loop aims to inspire and support educators to ‘level up’ their knowledge and understanding of music education and take that learning back to their classroom. Episodes include interviews with those who actively work in the field and explore what works for them ... offering insight into their careers, classrooms and teaching practices and presenting strategies ...
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The Best Music Podcast is your podcast for immediately actionable music advice for music students of any instrument, voice, or musical discipline like producing, music theory, and ear training. Your host Dan Spencer has two #1 Best-Selling music books on Amazon and is the founder of Best Music Coach, an online platform for taking live music lessons with expert and patient coaches in real-time with a customized video chat feature made for music lessons. For interviews, Dan breaks down the sec ...
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The Crossing The Break Podcast discusses the nuts and bolts of teaching clarinet at the beginning and intermediate levels. We will cover aspects of playing clarinet including tone, embouchure, hand position, tonguing, technique, range, fingerings, tuning and other clarinet-specific items. These ideas can be applied to beginning clarinet class, beginning band, intermediate or advanced clarinetists, and in an individual or group setting. The host of this podcast is Tamarie Sayger. A 1999 music ...
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It's been quite a run, but all good things must come to an end. A special thank you to all of my listeners, all of my guests, and to my sponsors Celtic Horizons and Kaleidoscope Adventures. All of your support and belief in this show kept me going for so many episodes. I would be remiss if I didn't mention Jake Walker, who worked tirelessly behind …
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Benjamin Dean Taylor (born 1983), has been described as “elegant and energetic” (Kenneth Thompson) and “powerful and direct with delightful surprises in each work.” (Marilyn Shrude) Having grown up as a performer in jazz, rock, ska, country, and concert bands as well as in choirs and orchestras, Taylor is driven to write music that highlights the s…
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Don Stinson is a comprehensive music educator with a robust background spanning roles as an author, speaker, and clinician. He holds educational degrees from an array of prestigious institutions including Joliet Junior College, VanderCook College of Music, and Northern Illinois University. Adding to his educational background, Don also holds a Mast…
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DISCLAIMER Episodes 209-2011 were recorded in 2023 and have only recently been uploaded to the internet. There are some things that have changed since their recordings, so be aware that you are not listening to the most current events. Evan VanDoren is a freelance arranger, composer, and educational consultant. As the owner of VanDoren Music, Evan …
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Khari Allen Lee has arisen as one of the most-in-demand saxophonists, educators, composers, and multi-instrumentalists of his generation. He has performed and recorded with such luminaries as Ellis Marsalis, Aretha Franklin, Dr. John, Branford Marsalis, Terence Blanchard, DeeDee Bridgewater, Stevie Wonder, Raphael Saadiq and more. In 2017, he won a…
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Send us a Text Message. Dubbed "Chops" by Miles Davis, trumpeter, recording and performing artist Mac Gollehon joins hosts bassists David C. Gross and Tom Semioli to talk about his new album, career, and reflections on the past, present, and future of experimental jazz and more. Mac Gollehon Playlist…
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After seeing a saxophonist busking in the streets in her hometown, a very young Heidi Radtke knew she wanted to play saxophone. She got her wish at age 11, and from that moment on, has studied with some of the best classical saxophonists around to become one of the most well-regarded contemporary saxophonists on the scene today. Her mentors include…
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Subscribe to the Blog… RSS | Email Newsletter Subscribe to the Podcast in… Apple Podcasts | Overcast | Castro | Spotify | RSS Support Music Ed Tech Talk Become a Patron! Buy me a coffee Show Notes: Gillian: Website | Spotify | Instagram | LinkedIn Steven Bryant - Ecstatic Waters [DJ Hapa](https://www.instagram.com/djhovamusic/ Electronic Music Scho…
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Send us a Text Message. A double play from Tom and David… Author and journalist Tricia Romano discusses her new book The Freaks Came Out to Write: The Definitive History of the Village Voice, the Radical Paper That Changed American Culture available now on Public Affairs Books. And… Ian Hunter discusses his new album Defiance Part 2 Fiction featuri…
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Born in a very small town in Denmark (Vejle) in 1982, Jeppe took a keen interest in the drums at a young age. Jeppe Zacho also started playing saxophone at 15 years old, upon his father’s advice. As a teenager, Jeppe traveled to Cuba to study the intricate Cuban rhythms he so loved. This monumental experience influenced his future compositions and …
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In the latest electrifying episode of the podcast, host Manny Cabo dives deep into the captivating world of storytelling and success with none other than the remarkable Sandy Gallagher. A champion equestrian, seasoned attorney, and master deal closer, Gallagher's journey unfolds as a testament to the transformative power of narrative and passion. T…
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Send us a Text Message. Author Sam Reese and saxophonist Matt Parker join hosts bassists David C. Gross and Tom Semioli to take a deep dive into the newly published Notebooks of Sonny Rollins Sam Reese & Saxophonist Matt Parker The Notebooks of Sonny Rollins PlaylistBy David C Gross and Tom Semioli
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You may not have heard about the new, patented design of the EMEO Digital Practice Saxophone. They started 8 years ago, and have been on the market for 3 years. At the NAMM Show 2024, it was a big hit – their booth was crowded every single day. This isn't your conventional saxophone. It features a special patented design incorporating original spri…
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Episode 265 - What To Do the Last 2 Weeks of School It’s important to keep the students engaged even after the final concert. Here are some strategies. Have a question for the podcast? Need a presenter for professional development? Contact me here: jamesthedivine@gmail.com or 719-238-4193. List of Speaking Topics. www.jamesdivine.net Has the show b…
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Send us a Text Message. Author James Kaplan joins hosts bassists David C. Gross and Tom Semioli to talk about his latest book 3 Shades of Blue (Penguin Press) which follows the diverse artistic paths of Miles Davis, John Coltrane, and Bill Evans and how they came to create one of the greatest albums of all time: Kind of Blue. James Kaplan...Three S…
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Established in 1974 by Phil Rovner, Rovner® began its journey with the creation of one ligature, the original Dark. Since then, it has expanded its range to encompass four "Classic" models and four "NextGeneration" models. Distributed globally, Rovner® products are cherished by musicians of all levels, from novices to top-tier professionals. Despit…
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Send us a Text Message. Author, journalist Tricia Romano joins hosts David C. Gross and Tom Semioli to discuss her new book The Freaks Came Out to Write: The Definitive History of the Village Voice, the Radical Paper That Changed American Culture available now on Public Affairs Books. Interview Highlights with Tricia Romano Playlist…
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Episode 263 - 11 Tips To Make The Music Sound Better Are you stuck on what to work on to improve the music? In this episode, I share 11 tips that you can use to help your group sound better. Have a question for the podcast? Need a presenter for professional development? Contact me here: jamesthedivine@gmail.com or 719-238-4193. List of Speaking Top…
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Send us a Text Message. Ian Hunter joins hosts bassists David C. Gross & Tom Semioli to discuss his new album Defiance Part 2 Fiction featuring… Johnny Depp, Lucinda Williams, Slash, and Jeff Beck, along with the usual Rant Band suspects Paul Page, Dennis DiBrizzi, Steve Holley, Mark Bosch, Andy York, James Mastro, and Andy Burton…among other guest…
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This episode of the podcast is a replay containing the audio version of the Musical Monday LIVE video recorded on 4/22/24. This week I talked through many of your questions about teaching elementary music. If you’re not familiar with musical Mondays, every Monday night at 8 p.m. Eastern time I go live on Facebook and Instagram to share about the le…
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Send us a Text Message. Renowned for his tenure in Public Image Ltd., along with collaborations spanning Bill Laswell, Brian Eno, and Sinead O'Connor, among others; Jah Wobble talks with hosts bassists David C. Gross and Tom Semioli about his musical philosophies and much more! Jah Wobble Explains The Power of the Universe Playlist…
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There was a ton of action going on at the P. Mauriat booth during the NAMM Show 2024. Despite that, I still had the privilege of speaking with Jeremiah True, Brand Manager at P. Mauriat, who is a really special guy. Jeremiah True is a versatile woodwind performer proficient in all saxophones, clarinets, flutes, and bassoon. With a rich background s…
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Episode 263 - When Students Misbehave for the Sub Strategies and tips Have a question for the podcast? Need a presenter for professional development? Contact me here: jamesthedivine@gmail.com or 719-238-4193. List of Speaking Topics. www.jamesdivine.net Has the show benefited you? Would you consider a one time donation of any amount? HERE or Paypal…
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This episode of the podcast is a replay containing the audio version of the Musical Monday LIVE video recorded on 4/15/24. This week I shared about how I help students decode a piece and look for patterns, similarities, and clues in written music. If you’re not familiar with musical Mondays, every Monday night at 8 p.m. Eastern time I go live on Fa…
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In this episode, I had the pleasure of meeting Steve Teeters and Tyler Rogers of Claude Lakey Woodwinds at the NAMM Show 2024 to discuss their amazing saxophone mouthpieces. For over fifty years, Claude Lakey's enduring legacy has thrived within the company he established, evolving from its modest inception in a corner of a music shop in 1962 to it…
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Victory Musical Instruments remains the top choice for musicians and dealers worldwide due to its commitment to excellence. Offering exceptional sound quality, precise intonation, and improved mechanisms, Victory Instruments are designed with musicians' needs in mind. These wind instruments, prized by musicians globally, stand out for their superb …
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Episode 262 - Stop Comparing I struggled with self-esteem for many years - and I spent too many years comparing myself to other band directors. As Bob Newhart says, “Just Stop It.” Have a question for the podcast? Need a presenter for professional development? Contact me here: jamesthedivine@gmail.com or 719-238-4193. List of Speaking Topics. www.j…
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This episode of the podcast is a replay containing the audio version of the Musical Monday LIVE video recorded on 4/8/24. This week I shared about my recent first grade concert called "Animals Gone Wild!" If you’re not familiar with musical Mondays, every Monday night at 8 p.m. Eastern time I go live on Facebook and Instagram to share about the les…
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Established in 1919 by Jesse James Babbitt, the JJ Babbitt Company, Inc. is the industry's oldest mouthpiece manufacturer for clarinets and saxophones. Still family-owned, it's now led by Steve and Debbie Rorie and remains rooted in Elkhart, Indiana. Based in Elkhart, Indiana, formerly hailed as "The Band Instrument Capital of the World," the JJ Ba…
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Silverstein Works is an accessories company committed to excellence in the realm of music. They specialize in researching and developing premium-quality products, aiming to set the highest standard in performance and usability for musicians. During this year's NAMM Show, I had the opportunity to speak with Calvin Son, President and Director of Arti…
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Episode 261 - Throw Practice Sheets in the Trash In my opinion, they’re useless (except in one case). Find out what to do instead. Have a question for the podcast? Need a presenter for professional development? Contact me here: jamesthedivine@gmail.com or 719-238-4193. List of Speaking Topics. www.jamesdivine.net Has the show benefited you? Would y…
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This episode of the podcast is a replay containing the audio version of the Musical Monday LIVE video recorded on 4/1/24. This week I shared three different ways to practice and reinforce singing voice and the sol-mi interval with primary grades. If you’re not familiar with musical Mondays, every Monday night at 8 p.m. Eastern time I go live on Fac…
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Send us a Text Message. Acclaimed saxophonist, composer, educator, arranger, and recording and performing artist Dayna Stevens releases his latest album "Closer Than We Think," and joins hosts/bassists David C. Gross and Tom Semioli to talk about his career and the state of the artform that is modern jazz. Dayna Stephens Playlist…
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Saxophonist, flutist, and educator Sharel Cassity is a standout in New York and Chicago jazz circles. Named the 2023 "Rising Star Alto Saxophone" and featured on Downbeat Magazine's cover, she's graced TV shows like Today, Good Morning America, and The Colbert Show. Honored in the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame, Sharel's also received the ASCAP Young J…
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This episode of the podcast is a replay containing the audio version of the Musical Monday LIVE video recorded on 3/25/24. This week I shared two different activities for recorder including poly spot matching and movement and Jigsaw Melodies. If you’re not familiar with musical Mondays, every Monday night at 8 p.m. Eastern time I go live on Faceboo…
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Send us a Text Message. Legendary bassist and former director of the National Jazz Ensemble Chuck Israels joins hosts / bassists David C. Gross and Tom Semioli to discuss his new Backbeat book entitled Bass Notes: Jazz in American Culture – A Personal View A Conversation with Chuck Israels PlaylistBy David C Gross and Tom Semioli
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Born in Detroit, Rick Margitza's musical journey began with classical saxophone training under Donald Sinta at the University of Michigan. He also studied jazz with notable mentors like Sonny Stitt and Michael Brecker. Graduating from Loyola University in New Orleans, Margitza's musical style was deeply influenced by the city's rich cultural tapest…
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Episode 260 - 6 Important Steps to Starting a Booster Organization Find out the HUGE mistake James made in his first booster group (which he had to disband). Learn how to delegate and how to set up a brand new boosters group. Have a question for the podcast? Need a presenter for professional development? Contact me here: jamesthedivine@gmail.com or…
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This episode of the podcast is a replay containing the audio version of the Musical Monday LIVE video recorded on 3/18/24. This week I shared about some basic skills building I do with my beginning recorder players. If you’re not familiar with musical Mondays, every Monday night at 8 p.m. Eastern time I go live on Facebook and Instagram to share ab…
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I am consistently thrilled to visit the Theo Wanne booth at every NAMM Show, as they invariably unveil exciting new products. During the NAMM Show 2024, I had the pleasure of speaking with Matt Ambrose, the Chief Machinist, and Thomas Harris about the latest Theo Wanne saxophone mouthpieces. Theo is considered the world’s foremost expert on the des…
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I had the pleasure of meeting Chris Kortschot from Legere Reeds at the 2022 NAMM Show, where he showcased some truly remarkable reeds. It was delightful to reconnect with him at the 2024 NAMM Show, where Legere unveiled their latest innovation, the Frech Cut reeds. Légère Reeds Ltd. was founded in 1998 by Dr. Guy Légère and Dr. Mark Kortschot, driv…
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Episode 259 - How To Start a Marching Band I once started a marching band from scratch. Difficult? Yes, but very worthwhile. Here are 6 things to consider. Have a question for the podcast? Need a presenter for professional development? Contact me here: jamesthedivine@gmail.com or 719-238-4193. List of Speaking Topics. www.jamesdivine.net Has the sh…
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Susanne Alt, a versatile artist from Amsterdam, excels in saxophone, composition, DJing, and production. Born in 1978 in Würzburg, Germany, Alt showed early promise, winning the Siemens Prize for young talent in classical saxophone during her formative years at the Meistersinger-Konservatorium Nuremberg. Alt's musical journey continued as she pursu…
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