Spotify for Education Launches with Advisory Board

Teachers are rockstars.  Every day, they perform in front of the toughest audiences with poise, creativity, and confidence with the goal to inspire the next generation.  

Around the country, teachers are using music to engage students in Science, Math, History and English, to deepen their knowledge and love of music itself.  Through their work, we know that songs can spark emotions, illuminate new concepts, and build bridges to all subjects.

We’re launching Spotify for Education because we believe that music should be a part of everyone’s education.

Spotify for Education is a new initiative that brings together an advisory board of nationally-recognized teachers and other creative academic minds to strengthen the role of music in schools. Together, they will work to build a series of new programs that champion music in our classrooms.  

“Spotify believes that everyone should have access to music, and we know that nowhere is that access more powerful than in education,” said Kerry Steib, Spotify’s Director of Social Impact.  “We’re committed to building programs that start with the voices of real teachers, and we’ve been fortunate to find a group of passionate, thoughtful, innovative educational experts to help us create initiatives that work.”

A key part of Spotify for Education is a partnership with the Council of Chief State School Officers’ (CCSSO) National Teacher of the Year Program.  

“Teachers across the country work hard every day to engage students and bring learning to life. We are excited about our new partnership with Spotify that will recognize and support teachers who use music in their work,” said Chris Minnich, Executive Director of CCSSO.

In support of the launch of the Spotify for Education, Spotify joins John B. King, The U.S. Secretary of Education, on his Back To School Bus Tour stop in Memphis, TN.  The event will feature appearances from the Wu-Tang Clan’s GZA and Drive-By Truckers’ Patterson Hood, along with teachers from across the country who will come together to create a live lesson plan for attendees.

“Memphis is a city with deep musical history that’s using music and the arts to reach a diverse group of students.”  “We’re excited to celebrate their teachers and the role that music plays in their classrooms, alongside the members of our advisory board,” said Steib.

This builds on Spotify’s work launched earlier in education, which included the donation of a recording studio to Kealing Middle School, supporting Teacher Appreciation Week through a collaborative #ThankATeacher playlist, and #KeepSinging, an initiative that encourages parents to use music in activities related to early childhood development.

The teachers who are working with Spotify on the advisory board and founding the community of Spotify for Education include 2015’s National Teacher of the Year, Shanna Peeples, 10+ different State Teacher of the Years, and members of #HipHopEd.  They join educational advisors that include Dr. Darla Hanley, Dean of the Professional Education Division at Berklee College of Music; Dr. Chris Emdin, Faculty Member at Columbia University and best-selling author; and Dr. Nola Jones, Coordinator of Visual and Fine Arts for Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools.  

“It’s great to explore the exciting possibilities of Spotify for Education with such a group of impressive teachers and educational arts leaders,” Dr. Darla Hanley, Chair, Spotify’s Advisory Board.  “Finding ways for music to be in education beyond the borders of the music room will engage students and make their learning across all subject areas even more relevant.”

For teachers interested in staying up to date on Spotify for Education, they can register at


Spotify for Education Advisory Board:

Dr. Darla Hanley, Dean of the Professional Education Division at Berklee College of Music

Dr. Chris Emdin, Faculty Member, Teachers College at Columbia University, and Director of Science Education at Health Equity & Urban Science Education Center

Dr. Nola Jones, Coordinator of Visual and Performing Arts, Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools

Shanna Peeples, 2015  National Teacher of the Year & ELA Specialist

Nicholas Ferroni, Union High School

Tunji Adebayo, View Park High School

Edmund Adjapong, Pelham Gardens Middle School

Jessica Anderson, Powell County High School

Justin Coffey, Dodge City High School

Mairi Cooper, Fox Chapel Area High School

Emily Dickey, Waynesboro Area State High School

Melyssa Ferro, Syringa Middle School

Rebekah Gomez, Lamar Middle School

Ken Greene, Grandview Heights Middle School

Keil Hileman, Monticello Trails Middle School

JoLisa Hoover, Reed Elementary School

Leticia Guzman Ingram, Basalt High School

Daniel Jocz, Downtown Magnets High School

Jamie Knight, Huntington Beach Academy for the Performing Arts

Ashley Lamb-Sinclair, North Oldham High School

Ernie Lee, Windsor-Forrest High School

Josalyn, Tresvant McGhee, Kate Bond Elementary School

Dr. Eunice Marrero, Beck Junior High School

Kyaiera Mistretta, Greenwich High School

Trimeka Queen, Chaminade College Prep

Craig Robbins, The Bromfield School

Tim Royers, Millard West High School

Bianca Sanchez, Waples Mill Elementary School

Kimberley Steinhorn, Greenwich High School

John Tierney, Adobe Middle School

Cathy Whitehead, West Chester Elementary School