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TITLE: Preparing for the First Concert of the Year

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DATE: October 16, 2019

This important article is from Nottelmann Music clinician Joe Pappas.  Music Educators, do you include these key considerations when you prepare that first concert of the year?  Share and comment below! Student preparation for the first concert of the year can be stressful to all. As a director, new or seasoned, we always feel the pressure preparing the music and […]

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TITLE: Quick Rehearsal Tip: Creative Warmups for Jazz Ensembles

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DATE: September 23, 2019

Curated from Smartmusic’s The Music Educator Blog – by Dean Sorenson – The jazz ensemble warmup is a great opportunity to teach some scales that are useful in jazz improvisation. Common modes like mixolydian or dorian will help get the players moving around their horns and will also give them some basic improvisational tools.If at all possible, choose scales in […]

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TITLE: Prepare Your Ensemble by Creating Musical Context

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DATE: September 6, 2019

Curated from Smartmusic’s The Music Educator Blog – by Kevin Mead and Terrence Bacon – It’s no secret that detailed lesson planning is a great way to produce immediate results. However, this planning can take student learning to the next level when combined with long-term goals. If your ultimate objective is to prepare a second-semester piece, the best place to […]

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TITLE: Everything Band Podcast: Episode 119 – Alex Kaminsky

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DATE: September 5, 2019

Curated from Mark J. Connors’ Everything Band – Alex Kaminsky is the newly appointed Director of Bands at VanderCook College of Music. He has had tremendous success at every stop of his teaching career, including most recently at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Topics: Alex’s early experiences in music including Melvin Baker, his exceptional high school band director and the […]

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TITLE: Keeping Percussion Students Involved

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DATE: September 4, 2019

Curated from Smartmusic’s The Music Educator’s Blog – by Dave Black – Keeping percussion students involved throughout every rehearsal can be a challenge, especially on pieces that don’t include several percussion parts. Below are some tips to help both avoid and respond to this challenge. Repertoire Selection In a well-crafted piece of music, percussion parts are not simply an afterthought; […]

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TITLE: Classroom and Rehearsal Tips for Choral and Instrumental Programs

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DATE: August 20, 2019

Curated from Smartmusic’s Music Educator Blog – by our good friend, St. Louis’ own Laura Vaughan – Having enjoyed more than thirty years in choral classrooms, I’ve had lots of experience with what works, and what doesn’t. Here are a few rehearsal tips that I’ve collected over the years that have worked for me. The first group are specific to […]

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