20 Best Music Education Podcasts of 2021

3 years ago

Are you wanting to learn more about music education ? Well you’ve come to the right place. This is a curated list of the best music education podcasts of 2021.

We have selected these podcasts for a variety of reasons, but they are all well worth a listen. We tried to select a variety of podcasts across the spectrum from hosts with a wide breadth of experience.

We are always keen to hear your feedback, if we have missed a podcast, tweet us @MagazineWelp and we will check it out!

Best Music Education Podcasts 2021

With thanks to ListenNotes, Crunchbase, SemRush and Ahrefs for providing the data to create and rank these podcasts.

Everyday Musicality

  • Publisher: Heather Nelson Shouldice
  • Total Episodes: 31

This is a music education podcast that discusses Edwin E. Gordon’s Music Learning Theory (MLT) and its applications to music teaching and learning.

The Anacrusic Podcast

  • Publisher: Anne Mileski
  • Total Episodes: 133

Anne Mileski from anacrusic.com engages in meaningful conversations about music and music education. Following the mantra “purposeful, sequential, joyful” each episode highlights different topics elementary music teachers face each and every day in their school classrooms. The Anacrusic Podcast is a chance to put your arm around another music teacher buddy and start discovering your most joyful music teacher heart.

The Score

  • Publisher: Eric Jimenez & Justin McLean
  • Total Episodes: 58

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.

The Music Box

  • Publisher: Louisville Public Media
  • Total Episodes: 56

The Music Box is an interactive music education podcast for kids, exploring fundamental music concepts through performing, responding and connecting. The current season is hosted by music educator Faith Murphy. Each episode gets listeners involved in making music! Short episodes are perfect for a car ride or just hanging out at home. Get printable lesson plans and ideas for extending the learning atmusicboxpod.org. The Music Box is from Louisville Public Media and PRX, sponsored by PNC and also made possible by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, a private corporation funded by the American people.

Not Your Forte

  • Publisher: Eric Tinkler, Dr. Phillip Payne
  • Total Episodes: 42

Not Your Forte is a music education podcast to help students and teachers survive and thrive in music education. Hosted by Eric Tinkler a fifth year music education student at Kansas State University and Dr. Payne, the Music Education Chair at K-State, Not Your Forte covers all aspects of music education, and has featured a multitude of guests, including Dr. Tim, Paula Crider and more!Find us anywhere that podcasts are available and check us out on Facebook for up-to-date news and additional content.


  • Publisher: Nitsa Citrine
  • Total Episodes: 30

An open, intersectional dialogue on nourishment of all mediums. Conversations with leaders working in the arts, education, agriculture, film, music, media, wellness, social activism and sustainability. Hosted by Nitsa Citrine.

Afternoon Ti

  • Publisher: Jessica Grant
  • Total Episodes: 169

Afternoon Ti is a podcast for music educators. You’ll hear about music education approaches, teacher lifestyle and find classroom ideas to make your teaching life better.

Carefree and Black Diaries

  • Publisher: Shaakira White
  • Total Episodes: 111

Welcome to the Carefree and Black Diaries podcast, where we discuss everything from culture, politics, music, and education. Every other Tuesday, join Shaakira White, an HBCU grad and life enthusiast, as she discusses new topics. If you want to listen to life altering lessons, laughs with friends, and more, this is the podcast for you. Support this podcast on Patreon!: https://www.patreon.com/shaakirawhite Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/carefreenblkdiaries/support

Music Ed Tech Talk

  • Publisher: Robby Burns
  • Total Episodes: 57

Music Ed Tech Talk (previously Robby Burns + Friends) is a podcast exploring music, education, technology, and the intersections between them.


  • Publisher: DJ Rome
  • Total Episodes: 155

Psychology, Entertainment, Education, Politics, Sports, Music

The Bandmasters Podcast

  • Publisher: The Bandmasters Podcast
  • Total Episodes: 46

Band and music education professional development on-the-go! Listen to interviews, tips and techniques from some of the top educators in the band field.

This is the Long Version

  • Publisher: Joseph Ivan Long
  • Total Episodes: 14

Pacific Northwest dad’s stories and musings on children, music, relationships, family, hiking, schooling and education, history, and the creative process.

Blocks Paper Scissors

  • Publisher: Clark Fralick and Clyde Gaw
  • Total Episodes: 25

Welcome to the BlocksPaperScissors Podcast! An education podcast about Teaching for Artistic Behavior and the power of self-directed art experience, creativity and experiential education! Music courtesy of The Easthills

EdNext Podcast

  • Publisher: Education Next
  • Total Episodes: 230

A weekly podcast from “Education Next,” a journal of opinion and research. Introduction music: “Organic Grunge” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/


  • Publisher: AMusEd
  • Total Episodes: 130

Four music teachers discuss current issues in music education; offer resources, tips, and tricks; and catalogue their growth and missteps made as young teachers. Originally started with all in their first five years of teaching, see how they have grown now in their seventh season. We DeFinItElY kNoW wHaT wE’rE dOiNg.

The Music Makers

  • Publisher: Andy Kushner
  • Total Episodes: 45

Welcome to The Music Makers! THE ultimate podcast, created and hosted by Andy Kushner, sharing behind-the-scenes stories of some of the most influential music industry pros around. Gain insight, education, and inspiration from going deep into the psyches of artists, record producers, songwriters, recording engineers, managers, record industry executives, and more. Crank up the volume and get the inside scoop as you enter the world of…The Music Makers!

Welcome to My Nerd Brain: A Dialogue on Musicians’ Health and Wellness

  • Publisher: Emily Fransen
  • Total Episodes: 39

A safe space for musicians to discuss their triumphs, setbacks, and motivations in their music and careers. A podcast that promotes education on physical, mental, and emotional health in the music industry.

Creative Strings Podcast with Violinist Christian Howes: Exploring intersections between creativity, music education, string playing, DIY music business, and culture. Creative Strings is a non-profit organization with a mission to support music education through outreach, summer conference, and online” curriculum

  • Publisher: Christian Howes
  • Total Episodes: 42

Creative Strings is for musicians and music-lovers, especially violin, viola, and cello players, looking to live creatively, whether in your musical education, projects, music career, in the practice room, classroom, onstage, or on tour. Each interview is edited carefully and mixed with a blend of musical clips from the Creative Strings community curated by jazz violinist Christian Howes. . Creative Strings is a non-profit organization with a mission to support music education through outreach, summer conference, and online” curriculum

Square Notes: The Sacred Music Podcast

  • Publisher: Square Notes: The Sacred Music Podcast
  • Total Episodes: 49

You’ve got questions about sacred music? Here’s your chance to learn what the Church teaches and envisions for music in the sacred liturgy. Welcome to Square Notes: The Sacred Music Podcast with your host Dr. Jennifer Donelson-Nowicka. We address topics of interest both to priests and liturgical musicians, as well as a general audience of Catholics interested in learning more about the Catholic Church’s teachings and treasury of sacred music. Our topics range from discussion of Church documents on sacred music, to the music of certain composers or eras, Gregorian chant, the role of music in Catholic education, and techniques for directing a better choir rehearsal. We’ll interview bishops, priests, music directors, composers, teachers, philosophers, and theologians. We’ll talk to people who found a home in the Catholic Church because they heard the call of Christ in the Church’s sacred music. We’ll ask questions about how really great music programs are doing their work. We’ll introduce you to Catholics who love their faith and, through sacred music, offer all their efforts for his glory and the sanctification of all who hear them. We aim for our podcast to be thoughtful, encouraging, and informative. We hope, too, that it will inspire and motivate you to work for the renewal of authentic beauty in sacred music—whether you’re a working church musician or an average Catholic in the pews wondering what’s going on. With the prayers of our patronesses, Our Lady, Seat of Wisdom and Saint Elisabeth of the Trinity, we hope to help draw souls to Christ through the beauty of the Church’s sacred music.

The Tuneful, Beatful, Artful Music Teacher

  • Publisher: Missy Strong
  • Total Episodes: 34

This podcast is for the everyday music educator. Missy engages in a real way with outstanding practitioners and thinkers in the world of music education (and sometimes beyond) in order to expand our understanding of what it means to teach music. While there is a frequent focus on utilizing the First Steps in Music and Conversational Solfege programs of John Feierabend, discussions about other topics, philosophies, and approaches will also be featured in an effort to educate, encourage, support, and challenge you on the journey to create a more tuneful, beatful, artful world!

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