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TITLE: Ten Things that Every Band Director Should Know About Flutes – Part 1

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DATE: December 19, 2019

Curated from BandWorld, by Phyllis Louke – There are several simple things band directors can teach to flute sections that will quickly produce measurable improvement in tone quality, technique and intonation. These tips can be used with beginning flutists, as well as flute sections in middle school and high school. How many times have you lamented that your flute section […]

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TITLE: Ten Things that Every Band Director Should Know About Flutes – Part 2

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DATE: December 19, 2019

Curated from BandWorld, by Phyllis Louke – 6. TEACHING CORRECT FINGERINGS In my work with private students and band students over the years, there are several fingerings that are frequently fingered incorrectly. Most common is second octave D and Eb—the left first finger should be up. It helps to think of the left first finger as an octave key, according […]

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TITLE: Six Important Parent Tips for the Young Musician – by Ray Benton

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DATE: December 16, 2019

“Going beyond simply footing the bill can make the difference between the student just getting by and being amazing.” So your child is playing a musical instrument.  You’ve invested hard-earned dollars into the project, so is your job over? As a band director with over 32 years of experience, I can say many of our parents first believed that, once […]

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TITLE: Myths and Facts: Caring for Your Voice during the Winter Months

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DATE: December 15, 2019

Curated from ChoralNet.Org – by Lynn Swanson – For your own voice or your students, here’s some important tips! Taking care of the voice or Vocal Hygiene can be thought of as the care and feeding of the voice.  These are things we do to keep the voice healthy. To take care of the voice, we must also take care of the body. Here […]

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TITLE: Developing a Stronger Rhythmic Pulse, and the Paradoxical Benefits of Giving Yourself Permission to Miss Notes

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DATE: December 5, 2019

Curated from the Bulletproof Musician – by Erik Ralske – Erik Ralske has played Principal Horn in the Met Opera orchestra since 2010, following 17 years in the NY Philharmonic. He is also on the faculty of The Juilliard School and Aspen Music Festival. In this 40-min episode, we’ll explore: How learning a passage at performance tempo from Day 1, […]

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TITLE: Don’t Start Saxophones in Your Beginning Band – A Successful Alternative

SOURCE: Ray Benton

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DATE: November 24, 2019

By Ray Benton, Nottelmann Music Co.  – Well, this one will certainly cause some controversy!  But band directors, I ask that you be open minded and hear me out.  In my eleven years at Rockwood South Middle School, we found tremendous success with a different approach to teaching saxophone.  Here are THE BENEFITS, THE PROCESS, and THE RESULTS. THE BENEFITS […]

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