When you spend so much time creating something and you put it out there and you receive no feedback, it’s hard to know how you can best support teachers. And so to get the feedback of what’s working for educators or what they need support in, it’s so fun. And I think it validates what we do

Dr. Sarah Gulish

Today on the podcast I’m talking with Dr. Sarah Gulish, PhD of FFlat-books about all things research, practice, and publishing. I loved this conversation with Sarah because I identify with her on so many points, from thinking about how teachers should be sharing their work and being in community with one another, as well as how we wish music education research was more accessible to music teachers in the classroom. The work that she’s doing with her company, FFlat, is truly inspiring, and I know you’ll enjoy listening to her journey and her “why” as much as I loved talking to her about it. To check out more information about Flat and the resources they provide for teachers, as well as their upcoming summit, click the links in today’s show notes.
Here’s a sneak peek of what you’ll hear on today’s podcast:

(1) Sarah’s story and why she started her company, F Flat Books

(2) Why there’s a disconnect between research and practice

(3) The importance of honoring and caring for authors who are sharing their work with the world.

Sarah Gulish holds a Ph.D in music education from Temple University. For over a decade, Sarah has taught secondary level music at Lower Moreland High School located in the state of Pennsylvania in the U.S.A. She also serves as Adjunct Professor of Music Education at Buffalo State University and Temple University. Her teaching centers on creativity and improvisation in courses focused on new music learners.

Sarah is an active researcher, writer, presenter, and clinician at the state, national, and international levels. She serves as the United States representative for the International Society of Music Education’s Popular Music Special Interest Group and is a past member of the National Association for Music Education’s IN-ovations Council. She also regularly tours and records as a rock musician with a variety of groups. Her experience as a popular musician has influenced her curricula and philosophy as a music educator and is detailed in her book, Creativity in the Classroom: An Innovative Approach to Integrate Arts Education. She works to provide authentic learning and performing experiences for adolescents both in and out of the classroom. Her research interests include informal learning, creativity, popular music pedagogy, and student autonomy.

Sarah is the co-founder of F-flat books and has contributed to numerous publications in the field of music education, including chapters in The Bloomsbury Handbook of Music Education and The Learner-Centered Music Classroom: Models and Possibilities, along with articles and book reviews.

Click here to check out Sarah’s company, F-flat Books.


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