A New MET Podcast for 2020

Well, Paul Shimmons and I had the chance to sit down–in person–today at the 2020 Michigan Music Conference, and to record an episode of the podcast. It was noisy…and became even more loud as we recorded. I say this in the podcast, but I also share this here: one of the huge blessings from this work (techinmusiced.com and ukestuff.info) has been developing some wonderful friendships with people hundreds (sometimes thousands) of miles away. People like Paul Shimmons (the co-host of podcast) are people I would have never met without this work. So I find myself incredibly grateful for the unintended positive consequences of this work.

In this episode, Paul and I talk about a lot of things, ranging from our joint session (which was a bust, but we did get a chance to visit with a couple of educators by the time was gone) to where we buy equipment, to what we’re using in terms of hardware and software these days. We also talk a bit about why so many of the music education technology bloggers have been pretty quiet. Yes, we’ve all been busy, but it is more than that.

And once again, I’ve have a lovely time in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and I’d invite you all to try to make it to this conference sometime. And to visit in the summer, too.

MET Podcast #13…We’re Back

Paul Shimmons and I were able to get together to wrap up an episode of the MET Podcast this past weekend.  That podcast…it’s a long one…is now available to listen to online, and should populate on Apple Podcasts and Google Play in the next 24 hours.

Our featured guest (at 58 minutes into the podcast) is Don Crafton, from Sight Reading Factory, a program that Paul and I both use in our classrooms.

MET Podcast #012

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

The latest episode of the MET Podcast is out…a delightful interview with Dan Scott, an orchestra teacher from Jenison, Michigan.  Check out the show notes as the interview references a presentation he has given on 50 ways to use technology in a performance based classroom!

link to show notes: https://metpodcast.wordpress.com/2017/11/23/episode-12-dan-scott-orchestra-teacher-in-jenison-michigan/

link to audio: https://archive.org/download/METPodcast/MetPodcast012.m4a

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New Episode of the MET Podcast (#11)

Well, it appears that the archive.org/WordPress/FeedBurner/Apple Podcasts solution to podcast hosting is working–and I just uploaded our most recent Podcast with Mark Shelton, an author and percussionist/teacher who wrote a book entitled, “Give Me a Tablet.”  The book is available through Heritage Music Press and can be bought at any music dealer.

The podcast is available via Apple Podcasts, as well as archive.org.

Link to the audio: https://archive.org/download/METPodcast/MET%20Podcast%20011.m4a

MET Podcast – News

I just wanted to offer a short update on the MET Podcast, which is a joint effort by Paul Shimmons and myself. Paul and I are going to continue to do the podcast, and in fact, we have our next interview scheduled for tomorrow (Tuesday, October 17th).

However, our year’s subscription to SoundCloud—kindly paid by UberChord for the year—expired yesterday. Older tracks were automatically archived by SoundCloud, and only the latest episodes (nothing recent) are available.

Simply put, Paul and I need to do some research and communicate with each other regarding how we want to proceed with hosting the podcast. UberChord had mentioned continuing to sponsor the podcast—which would be wonderful; and it would also be okay if they cannot continue to do so. Last year’s events with SoundCloud make me wary about continuing to host the podcast there. I have been looking into podcasting hosting sites, such as Libsyn, archive.org, and Podbean.

Archive.org is great in that it is free, but I cannot determine how to use it to set up a RSS feed that would lead to the Apple Podcast directory (if anyone can help me with this—please do, as this is out of my area of expertise). Libsyn and Podbean offer automatic RSS feeds, but reflect a larger investment financially.

I have been considering starting a Patreon for techninmusiced.com and ukestuff.info; but also hesitate to pursue endeavors that require regular investments (e.g. hosting), rewards, and potential income.

If anyone has any thoughts on all of this, please e-mail me. I should also add that we haven’t been unhappy with SoundCloud (although you cannot upload a file off an iPad, which is a little silly), but the company’s financial woes lead me to want to pursue other options.