About 'Music Will'

  • Mary Claxton
  • Director, Teaching & Learning
  • Music Will
Write your awesome label here.

Many music educators don’t have access to resources or professional development training. Music Will supports these teachers 
by offering free virtual and in-person workshops as well as
 student curriculum. They also provide a community for teachers 
to inspire and learn from each other as they strive to positively impact their students.

Empowering students is the core of all they do. In this video you'll find out more about their mission and a number of ways that you can help them help teachers and students. 


What You'll Learn In This Video

What is Music Will

Learn about the organization and how it helps teachers and students worldwide.

What They Provide

Find out specifically who they help and what they provide.

Unique Features

What makes Music Will unique among the many music education organizations.

Where They Serve

Find out where Music Will is active and what their plans are for gowth.

More Schools

Learn about how your school can benefit from working with Music Will.

Getting Involved

Find out the various ways you can support the organization.
About The EXPERT

Mary Claxton

Mary Claxton has spent her professional life at the joyful intersection of music performance, teaching, and advocacy. Her early passion for music led her to be involved with every musical ensemble possible - band, choir, jazz band, pit orchestra and drumline, as well as informal experiences with various genres of pop bands.  After receiving her bachelor’s degree in music education from the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire, Claxton went on to teach nearly every one of those same ensembles and later was pulled particularly towards the modern band movement that emphasized the songwriting and student-centered aspects that had made music so meaningful to her throughout the years.

She joined the Music Will team full-time as the Colorado Director of Programs in 2017. In this role, she worked directly with teachers and administrators across the state and is thrilled to be a major partner in the Take Note initiative, started by former Governor John Hickenlooper and Isaac Slade of the Fray, to bring the gift of music to every child in Colorado. She now serves teachers nationwide as the Director of Teaching and Learning, creating culturally responsive curricular materials for students and teachers. Among her projects is the Music Will Academy platform, which brings unprecedented access and sequenced learning to music teachers worldwide.

Claxton has been honored to be a presenter and clinician for organizations such as the Association of Popular Music Education, the NAfME national honors ensemble for modern band, the Modern Band Summit, the University of Northern Colorado Jazz Festival, NAMM, and the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire.

She received her masters in jazz studies from the University of Northern Colorado in 2021, and continues to perform often on drums, vocals and ukulele - working hard to further her skills and continue the conversation with her community and students about the role music plays in reflecting and changing our world.


Write your awesome label here.

Please Support Our Sponsors!

Created with