April 24

EP. 41 – Living in Barcelona, early years, democratic choir directing & embracing unlearning w/ Anastasia Mousouli


"I had to revisit my philosophy...I had to rewire my brain"

Anastasia Mousouli was trained to sing and play the flute in a rigid and formal setting. It allowed her to become a professional flute player and perform in some incredible contexts. However, as Anastasia entered the international school music classroom, it became clear that some considerable unlearning might need to happen to provide access to music and support as many students as possible. What ensued was a period of incredible growth, transformation, and new experiences in just about every educational setting. Anastasia has taught early years, elementary, middle school, high school, tertiary, band, choir and El Sistema.

She's now based at Benjamin Franklin International School in Barcelona and teaches early years and elementary/middle school choir.

In this episode, we explore:

  • Anastasia's journey from professional musician to international school music teacher.
  • What it's like to live in Barcelona, including a particular deep dive on why it's been such a great place to bring up kids.
  • Some awesome resources for Early Years music teaching (see links below).
  • How Anastasia leads her choirs democratically.
  • The positive aspects of working in a small music department/program.
  • Some of Anastasia's best pieces of advice for those interested in teaching in an international school.

Anastasia is such a passionate educator who epitomises what it means to transform one's practice to help better support student learning. We hope you enjoy this episode!


Get in touch with Anastasia:

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/anastasia-mousouli-86916131/

Links and resources from this episode:

International School Brussels: https://www.isb.be

Northwestern - Master of Music Education degree: https://www.music.northwestern.edu/academics/degrees/mm/music-education

Kindermusik: https://www.kindermusik.com

Musikgarten: https://www.musikgarten.org

Internationally small schools by ECIS: https://ecis.org/intentionally-small-schools/

UDL (mentioned in the list of professional learning experiences): https://www.understood.org/en/articles/universal-design-for-learning-what-it-is-and-how-it-works

This episode is brought to you by AIM - the Australian Institute of Music. AIM is Australia's first, and only creative institute entirely dedicated to music. AIM has more than 50 years of experience in the industry, empowering over 6,000 artists, and teaching them the tools and knowledge to hone their skills and find their place in the music world.

We often get asked by international school music teachers for fantastic institutions for further study for students, especially in the wider Asian region. Instead of having students go to the US or UK to study Western music, many students are now opting for AIM due to timezone similarities and the epic lifestyle of cities like Melbourne and Sydney.

If you have students who are looking to study diploma, bachelor’s, or master’s degree courses in classical or contemporary music performance, composition, creative technology, musical theatre, or arts and entertainment management, then AIM is a brilliant option. You can find everything you need at https://aim.edu.au

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barcelona, choir, earlyyears, unlearning