Countdown to VOICES, presenter profile #15: Willy Wood and Brod Bagert

This post is the 15th in a series of brief profiles of people who will be presenting their work at VOICES, a first-of-its-kind online conference on using music to teach STEM, on Sept. 27-28, 2017.


Willy Wood (above left) is a long-time educator and educational consultant who works with teachers across the country. His area of emphasis is how the human brain learns most effectively, and he takes cutting-edge research from cognitive science and translates that research into practical, effective classroom strategies. Willy is the co-author, with Rich Allen, of The Rock ‘N’ Roll Classroom: Using Music to Manage Mood, Energy, and Learning. You can learn more about Willy at

Brod Bagert (above right) is the award-winning author of 17 books of poetry for children, young adults, and adults. Brod is one of the best-known performance poets in the United States, and his readings, school visits, performances, and workshops are not-to-be-missed spectacles, full of emotion and energy. Brod is also the founder of the Muse Project, a collaboration between him and 3,000+ U.S. teachers designed to bring content-embedded poetry into the classroom. Teachers ask for content poems on certain curricular topics, and Brod produces a poem to match. Teachers in the project then find creative ways to use the poem in class. You can find out more about Brod’s work at

Below is the VOICES abstract of this highly alliterative team.

Have you always wanted to use music to teach your content, but you’ve been afraid to try it because you weren’t sure you could “write a song” or because you don’t see yourself as being “musical”? Well, never fear! The process is a lot simpler than you would think, and in this short workshop, Willy Wood, co-author of The Rock ‘N’ Roll Classroom, and poet Brod Bagert will walk you through a simple step-by-step process that will have you creating content-embedded songs for your classroom in no time. You know your content, and you know hundreds or even thousands of tunes (though you’ve probably never thought about it). All you have to do is learn how to put these two things that you already know together. Come and find out how!

Willy and Brod are two of over 40 people who will present their ideas, insights, and investigations at VOICES. To have full access to all presenters and their presentations, please register for the conference. It’s only $10!

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