We're musician-teacher-moms who love to go for runs and talk about everything. For some reason, our conversations always morphed into talking about work, and as a result, this podcast was born!
We enjoy sharing teaching ideas with each other, and now we're excited to share some of them with you!
Janet Heinemann is in her eighteenth year of teaching public school music. She is currently teaching middle and high school orchestra in suburban Madison, WI. Prior to this position, she taught K-8 choral, general, and string music in urban Madison.
Janet earned a double Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance and Music Education from the University of Massachusetts - Amherst. She completed her Master of Music in Music Education - Kodaly Emphasis and OAKE endorsed Kodaly certificate at Lakeland University (formerly Silver Lake College of the Holy Family). Her research and pedagogical interests include Comprehensive Musicianship through Performance, social justice in music education, and applying general music methodology to the instrumental music rehearsal setting.
Janet enjoys playing violin in local chamber ensembles. She also sings when she can and is vocal director for her high school's musical. Beyond music-making, she loves outdoor activities such as running and hiking. She lives near Madison, WI with her string-playing children.
Jessica Wahl is in her fifteenth year of teaching public school music. She currently teaches 5th grade strings in the Madison Metropolitan School District in Wisconsin. She has taught middle school orchestra for most of her career, as well as elementary and middle school general music in Madison and eastern Wisconsin.
Jessica earned a Bachelors in Music Education from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and a Masters in Teaching, Learning and Assessment from National Louis University. She has done extensive research and implementation of the Wisconsin-born teaching philosophy Comprehensive Musicianship through Performance and strives to be a culturally responsive and racially equitable teacher.
Jessica enjoys making music and plays violin in her chamber group and pit orchestras, piano at home for her children and electric bass with her guitar-playing husband. Beyond music-making, she is an active triathlete, maker and gardener. She lives in Madison, WI.