075- Music After Tragedy with Sam Gronseth

Sam Gronseth from Paradise, California sits down with Mary Luehrsen to talk about the remarkable work that he’s done to bring hope and healing through the Butte Strong United Choir from Butte County, California. His community was devastated by the 2018 Camp Fire. Sam got heavily involved by taking musicians, both young and old, on performances on the road. We also talk about his incredible music education career, and how he continues to learn and grow through his local music educator association.


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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.