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For Educators

The Exploring Music streaming archive website has been created in part as a tool for educators and orchestra/band directors to use for educational purposes.

Special education institution subscription are available at highly affordable costs and allow dozens of students/young musicians from a given institution to log-on to the site at school or at home.

For details on subscriptions for your educational institution, please contact Tony Macaluso via email at tmacaluso at wfmt.com or 773.279.2114

Educational Uses

Among the ways educators can use the site are for:


  • 1)In-class lectures and discussions
    Teachers of music appreciation, introduction to music and other classes can easily access and play excerpts from the programs to illustrate ideas, both using Bill’s commentary and the pieces of music that he’s discussing.

  • 2)Preparing pieces of music with orchestras and bands
    Bill’s commentary on pieces provides a marvelous insight into composers whose works young musicians may be performing.

  • 3)Research and homework assignments


These programs provide a highly engaging way for students to learn about classical music outside of class and can help orient students while they are working on papers or other research projects.

In addition, with Bill McGlaughlin’s guidance we intend to develop lesson plans for a number of the programs on the site that educators can adapt for classroom use.

Also, Bill will be available for online Q&A sessions with students at certain points throughout the year.

If you have other ideas or questions about how to use the Exploring Music site for educational purposes, please contact us via email at tmacaluso at wfmt.com or 773.279.2114.
The Exploring Music streaming website is made possible by Mr. & Mrs. William Gardner Brown and Susan & Richard Kiphart.
You have opened up the world of Classical Music to me, where previously, it seemed too complicated.
Steffen Demeter
This is simply one of the very best radio programmes in the medium!...The study of the people, the times, and the events that inform the music we otherwise enjoy and even, heaven forbid, take for granted, brings the entire world of the music and the composer to life.
Walther Davies
There isn't a program you broadcast on Exploring Music" that isn't of interest. I find them all engaging. It is a combination of variety of subject, intellectual curiosity and your obvious enthusiasm which characterize your satisfying programs.
Michael Sanders
It’s a great way to re-engage myself with consciousness before heading off to work.
Kourtney
I Love this program! I am in 7th grade and I am the complete opposite of the other kids. I am 4th chair in the orchestra and I love to read. But most of all, I LOVE classical music!
Claudia Wertz
Your show has helped open my mind and heart to this world of music, and every show I hear confirms my place in music and gives me new ideas for where I'd like to go with it in the future….I grew up with classical music as a child and always held it in my heart, but I didn't have the confidence to be a good student (or a good violinist.)
Christine Anderson
Listening to you is almost interactive.You invite us in with so many well modulated dramatic and informative comments, enticing, enthusiastic interpretations, and coherent, beautiful presentations. It's a privilege to follow you into the musical space you create.
Sally Rosenbaum
I just love this program. It is soothing and comfortable at the end of the day. I find his comments interesting, but they aren't so dragged out that there is very little music. The balance of both is just right.
Jean Quay
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