American Music, Motivation & Education | Teachers' Lounge Podcast

May 1, 2020

On a new episode of Teachers’ Lounge, roots musician, jazz guitarist & music teacher: Jim Kanas. He’s retiring from DeKalb Public Schools this year and has been an artist-in-residence with the Illinois Arts Council at schools across the state.

Jim talked to host Peter Medlin about e-learning, being an artist outside of the big city, his passion for American music and, obviously, we didn’t have him on without making him play a little something.

Also, Jim was featured on an episode of Sessions from Studio A! Listen to his performance right here.

In the meantime, we want you to be a part of the show. We want to hear from you: students, parents, teachers. Send us an email at and tell us what it’s been like learning or teaching from home. And, if you want, record your thoughts & feelings into your phone with your voice memos app and then send the voice file to and we’ll have it on the show.

Credit Spencer Tritt


Educator(s) in this episode:

Jim Kanas

Stories Featured in this episode:

Colleges Are Adjusting Fall Courses And Tuition In Response To COVID-19

How Can We Improve eLearning For Underserved Students? NIU Researchers Are Working To Find Out.

Canceled Internships & Financial Aid Needs: College & Career Planning In A Pandemic


Our show's theme music is from the northern Illinois-based band "Kindoves" and their songs "Popn," "Origins" and "Quiche." You can find more of their music on their Soundcloud page. You can also listen to the episode of WNIJ's own Sessions from Studio A where they were featured.

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