Episode 08 - Gino Munoz

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Gino Munoz is an instructor of commercial music at Citrus College in Southern California. His main instrument is the trumpet and he has performed with Michael Buble, Gwen Stefani, the Glen Miller Orchestra, and many other acts in a career which has lasted over two decades. Gino also runs Night Shift, a performing arts group from Citrus College which prepares musicians for the real world by focusing on pop music and regular performances.  

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Gino’s Contact Info: Ginomunoz1228@gmail.com

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Episode 06 - Kyle Svoboda

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Kyle Svoboda is a middle school technology teacher and one of the highest-rated DJ’s in Southern California according to a wedding website called the Knot. He is also an active leader in CADA, which stands for California Association of Directors of Activities. CADA is an organization that supports activity planners and student leadership throughout California. 

Kyle teaches at Goddard Middle School and has DJ’d school dances at Sandburg middle school, where Ryan teaches.

Episode 05 - Rebecca Valbuena

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Becky Valbuena started her career as an elementary teacher and taught there for 28 years. She was honored as a California Council for the Social Studies Outstanding Elementary Teacher Award of the year and Los Angeles County teacher of the year.

Becky’s work has also taken her far beyond the classroom. She has presented her work at social studies conferences across the United States. She served as President of the Southern California Social Studies Association. She now works as an Instructional Coach for current teachers and teaches future teachers at Cal State Dominguez Hills.

In this episode, Becky shares a wide variety stories and strategies of things that work as an educator. She relates stories from her days as an elementary classroom teacher and strategies she currently uses when she's training adult educators or giving presentations at prestigious conferences. One of Becky's main insights is that what works with kids also works with adults. Learning is learning. We hope you learn something valuable in this episode!

Becky is a close friend of ours. Ryan met Becky during a presentation at his school and they have been close friends ever since. Becky pushed Ryan to start attending and then presenting at conferences. This episode is just one way of expressing our gratitude to the impact Becky has had on us.

 

Becky mentions the book How Full is Your Bucket, by Tom Rath.

To find out more about the Southern California Social Studies Association visit them on Facebook or their website.

To contact Becky, you may email her at: Valbuenarebecca4@gmail.com

 

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Episode 04 - Dr. John Burdett

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Dr. John Burdett is the Director of Instrumental Studies, Director of Bands, and Director of Graduate Music Education at Azusa Pacific University. John has many responsibilities as a result of these positions, including running the Instrumental Studies program, leading the band division, and teaching graduate student courses. He is also currently the director of the Wind Ensemble. 

John Burdett is also a bit of a guru. He and Matt have been friends for many years, a friendship that is displayed throughout the conversation. In this interview Matt shares some of the "Burdett quotes" that have given him meaning and direction in his life. We hope you benefit from some guru time this week!

The conversation with John Burdett was philosophical and introspective. Burdett surprised us with the depth at which he has reflected on some of the questions we asked him. He speaks less as a music educator and more as someone concerned with the nature of education as a whole. He is curious about what it means to teach, how people learn, and the purpose of education in peoples' lives. 

John shared his thoughts about overcoming the "Conservatory Mindset," the idea that the purpose of music education is to become good at your instrument. Burdett learned early in his career that his musical talent did not make him an effective teacher. Burdett also shared his insight that he was able to reach more students earlier in his career when he was less preoccupied with curriculum and more concerned with connection. 

John mentions the book "Teaching Music with Passion" by Peter Boonshaft. 

If you want to reach Dr. Burdett you can email him at jburdett@apu.edu.

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