The Score

The Score

An Urban Music Education Podcast hosted by Eric and Justin. They provide tips and strategies through honest discussions about their experience teaching music in an Urban setting. The goal is to provide a positive and solution-based narrative to create more effective, compassionate and culturally relevant music educators.

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April 26, 2021 50 min

In this week's episode, Eric and Justin deal with what’s coming up for a lot of music educators. The infamous job search and interview process. Both hosts give their unique backstories of how their respective first hires went and what they did to prepare for those jobs. The information in this episode is great for music educators just graduating or seasoned vets that are looking to transition into another position. Tune in and ...

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In this week's episode, Eric and Justin had the great pleasure of talking to Mr. Phil O’Neal, the choral director at Woodcreek Middle School in Humble ISD and Leader of Contemporary Worship at the Atascocita United Methodist Church. Mr. O’Neal wastes no time in this week's episode discussing his life’s journey as a musician and how it has impacted his career. The unorthodox journey is what has helped create an experience an...

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In this week's episode, Eric and Justin had the great pleasure of talking to Mr. Delton Brown, the Director of Bands at Desoto High School. Delton waste no time getting to the very title of this episode. He keeps it real from his beginnings as a band student and the experiences that helped shaped his future. We delve into how all those things help him create a real experience in his class for his students. 

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In this week's episode, Eric and Justin bring back a familiar voice and close friend on this weeks episode. Mr. Bolaji Isiba, who serves as the Director Bands at Lake Olympia Middle School in Fort Bend ISD, stops by to discuss and layout the foundation of what it means to be human for your students. Authenticity, vulnerability, transparency are usually words associated with what we do as music educators, which is where our gues...

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In this week's episode, Eric and Justin have the pleasure of talking with Alice Tsui, the Founding Music Educator at PS 532 New Bridges Elementary in Brooklyn, NY, and DMA Candidate (ABD) in Music Education at Boston University. This episode was full of quality information on how to be a teacher that builds an environment that is connecting and inviting. Especially in a time where that’s not the norm, Alice gives great detail o...

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In this week's episode, Eric and Justin talk about the gates and walls put up to keep and push our students away from the great opportunity of music ed. Eric and Justin review a post/clinic from this past TMEA convention and what it sparked in the minds of music educators across all streams. What does it really mean to knock down doors and liberate students with including and excluding for different exterior circumstances? Plea...

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In this week's episode, Eric and Justin have the great pleasure of interviewing Duncanville High School Director of Choral Activities/Secondary Choral Coordinator Jesse Cannon II. Jesse waste no time in this episode dealing with the rhyme and reason why we do what we do. More importantly, letting that truly be the foundation for our existence in our music programs. Tune in and Enjoy !!!!!

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In this week's episode, Eric and Justin have the great pleasure of interviewing Duncanville Fine Arts Director William Young.  Mr. Young details his career and what allowed him to compete at a high level without losing sight of what it all means. William discusses how he took to never make excuses but to change the narrative and stay true to who he is at the same time. Tune in and enjoy!!! Don't miss the great advice as wel...

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Are you drained? Are you completely uninspired? Well, good news, you’re not alone. In this week's episode, Eric and Justin discuss what and how to keep pushing throughout. Tune in and check out this pick me up!!!!

In Rotation:
Gregory Porter- "Getting Thru It" - Eric
Fred Hammon- Justin

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In the first episode of the new year, Eric and Justin interview music educator extraordinaire Steve Giddings. We discuss new realities and possibilities available in the classroom in this age of music ed. Steve rocks the norm of what he does for his kids and how it can be the norm and not just an anomaly. Tune in and enjoy !!!

In Rotation:
De Vuelta Pa La Vuelta- Daddy Yankee & Marc Anthony - Eric
The Saga- Justin
Brass Against- St...

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In this episode Eric and Justin interview music educator extraordinaire Courtney Powers. We discuss music citizenship's specifics and how to navigate spaces that may be guarded or closed off to the new innovative aspects of our art. Courtney also speaks to being a female band director/educator and what that means and how that impacts her classroom and how she teaches her students. Tune in and enjoy, and don’t miss something tha...

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In this episode, Eric and Justin catch up with percussion extraordinaire and professor Dr. Lawhorn. Listen as Dr. Lawhorn speaks about his journey and vision, and goal as a music educator and a black percussionist.  We dig in on the heart of what it means to thrive and push in places that seem foreign and how the very representation of who we are brings about clarity and exposure for students who may not know it’s possible. You don...

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In this episode, Eric and Justin take a walk down memory lane and discuss some early moments and words that directly shaped their careers. We take a hard look at things that could break and paralyze any educator but how we instead turned those moments into fuel to help propel us forward. Tune in and enjoy!!!

In Rotation:
Charlie Wilson ft. Smokey Robinson "All of My Love" - Eric
Bobby Brown "Don't Be Cruel"- Justin

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In this episode, Eric and Justin discuss the importance and specifics of early childhood and elementary music. Our guest Mrs. Joellen Sumner gives us great insight into why engaging, singing, and exposing music of all forms and genres is pivotal in a child’s life. We dispel rumors and layout facts and give real-life applications on how to make this living and breathing in your classrooms and in your homes with your little ones! Tun...

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In this episode Eric and Justin discuss something very near and dear his heritage and how we as educators must be concerned with going the extra mile. Understanding culture is more than meets the eye. Listen as Eric lays out what it looks like to be intentional and how going deeper provides a greater experience for bothering teacher and student.

In Rotation:
Juan Gabriel- Eric
Marching Band Videos- Justin

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In this episode we have a specialty guest by the name of Daisy Zambrano a musician who prides herself on combining both worlds of her musicianship. Eric and Justin discuss Daisy’s introduction to music through her family and how she melds hers marachi, accordion skillset with her violin classical training. Ms.Zambrano is the future of music and a true testament of what it means to face your fears and being unapologetically herself....

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In this episode, Eric and Justin tackle the elephant in the room for the world of education which is going back to the classroom for in person teaching. How is it suppose to look better yet is it even safe? On this episode we look to be transparent about our feelings and how it effects us as music educators, husbands and fathers in lieu of an ongoing pandemic. The times we are in are stressful and not easy to navigate week in and w...

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In this episode, Eric and Justin get to sit with special guest Coty Raven Morris and discuss how the virtual classroom may be the new normal, but it should be starkly different in approach. We dive deep into the nuances that can make online learning just as toxic as the classroom if we are unwilling to push in a different direction for the betterment of our kids. Tune, and hopefully, you'll get inspired to keep pushing along in...

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August 10, 2020 46 min

In this episode, Eric and Justin get to sit and do some reflection. This last week we celebrated a year in this journey of our podcast life. Join us as we will walk down memory lane and recall the work and organic steps that have us here today. We hope you sense our gratitude and thankfulness to the support and hear the vision to continue creating a voice and space to change the world of music ed for years to come!! Tune in and enj...

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In this episode Eric and Justin get to sit down and speak with Jarritt Sheel, Assistant Professor of Music Education at Berklee College of Music. We deal with the aspect of creating real environments of change in music ed and learning how to educate future music educators through hip hop. Our guest Jarritt Sheel, gives great information on how we create the way music ed should be going in this day and age! Tune in and enjoy!

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