065- Everyone with a Heartbeat Has Rhythm

Guest host Claire Kreger-Boaz, Senior Project Manager at The NAMM Foundation chats with Joshua Simonds, Executive Director of the Percussive Arts Society about his first love, the piano; when he was presented with the opportunity to play the xylophone by Mrs. Clauss; and what an international service organization’s role should be in local advocacy efforts. Recorded LIVE at The 2018 Bands of America Grand Nationals.


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Talking Up Music Education is a podcast from the NAMM Foundation about music education. Host Mary Luehrsen chats with teachers, parents, students and community leaders who share stories about what they are doing to create music learning opportunities. Believe in music and subscribe today.

Mary Luehrsen is executive director of the NAMM Foundation, a supporting organization of NAMM that supports music research, philanthropic and public service programs. Among its activities, the Foundation is supporting a research initiative called the “Sounds of Learning” that will build a portfolio of music education research projects that will inform policy deliberations around the re-authorization the elementary and secondary education act (ESEA), the federal education legislation.