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This page is designed to be a single place music educators can turn to when they want to explore ideas, teaching tips, and product information.  We offer exclusive and curated material from national and local experts. Fresh and updated regularly, discover articles, interviews, podcasts, informational videos, and more, searchable by category, title, topic, and contributor. Visit here often for brand new content.

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TITLE: Recruitment and Retention – In Case You Missed It…

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DATE: February 14, 2019

Joe Pappas, Interviewed by Ray Benton – Nottelmann Music – Our Podcast-PLUS series contains OPTIONAL video content. This Music Education two-part podcast focuses on valuable tips and ideas on how to build student numbers in a band or orchestra program. Joe Pappas is a very successful band director, adjudicator, music education consultant, composer and publisher from the St. Louis Metro area.  […]

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TITLE: I Picked My Music For The Concert…now What Do I Do?

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DATE: January 30, 2019

Curated from Conn-Selmer’s CSI Connect – by Bill Humbert – Music Educators have so many responsibilities in order to keep their program moving in a positive direction every day. Often times we struggle to gather and embrace the many levels of administrative business necessary to provide an amazing learning experience for our students and our music education community. The items that […]

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TITLE: Music Ed Mentor Podcast #040: Festival Preparation

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DATE: January 30, 2019

Curated from Smartmusic’s the music educator blog – by Elisa Janson Jones and David Knott – Festivals are a fantastic tool for both recruiting and retaining students. They can help engage your more advanced musicians while providing others with an incentive to improve. They’re also a great way to collect quantifiable data to help ensure the continuation of your program […]

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TITLE: Editor’s Choice – 10 Concert Band Pieces You May Have Missed – Grade 2/Easy

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DATE: January 12, 2019

By Ray Benton, Technology and Media Specialist, Nottelmann Music Co.  Ray, who serves as editor for The Nottelmann Blog at Music Educators Corner, has 32 years of experience teaching band in the St. Louis area.  Most of these picks were performed while directing his successful band program at Rockwood South Middle School. What a challenge we have in finding quality, […]

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TITLE: Easily Add A Practice Room Workstation

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DATE: January 3, 2019

By Ray Benton, Technology and Media Specialist, Nottelmann Music How would a practice room music workstation benefit your students?  By opening this post, you’ve come to the right place to find out!  The music workstation is a great way to use technology to make student practice time more effective, efficient, and fun! Nottelmann Music can get you set up with […]

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TITLE: Editor’s Choice – 10 Concert Band Pieces You May Have Missed – Grade 3/Medium Easy

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DATE: January 2, 2019

By Ray Benton, Technology and Media Specialist, Nottelmann Music Co.  Ray, who serves as editor for The Nottelmann Blog at Music Educators Corner, has 32 years of experience teaching band in the St. Louis area.  These picks were performed while directing his successful band program at Rockwood South Middle School. What music educator doesn’t like to share?  I certainly do!  […]

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TITLE: Need a Guest Clinician? Don’t forget about Nottelmann Clinician Services

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DATE: December 22, 2018

Need someone to work with your ensemble as you prepare for an important festival or event?  Music educators look to Nottelmann Music as a valued partner in teaching music to students. Our experienced and highly-successful staff clinicians can provide an on-site clinic or other advisory assistance to any instrumental music program or ensemble – concert band, marching band, or jazz […]

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TITLE: Thinking About a New Marching Band Sound System? Upgrading?

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DATE: December 22, 2018

By Ray Benton, Technology and Media Specialist, Nottelmann Music – Whether your marching band competes or just plays halftime shows, Nottelmann’s is where you go for a new sound system OR an  upgrade to your existing system.  Each band has it’s own needs and budget, so we offer a CUSTOM solution that includes on-site training and support at no extra […]

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TITLE: Preparing The Music Department Budget; Being Creative

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DATE: December 18, 2018

Presented by Joe Pappas, Nottelmann Music Clinician –  One of the most difficult aspects of being a music director at any level is anticipating the needs, growth and budget of the school music program.  Many times we are faced with needs that exceed the annual budget and are forced to find other means to support our programs.  By using the […]

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TITLE: Four Band Director’s Top Festival Picks

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DATE: December 14, 2018

It’s a time-honored tradition – music educators chatting about their favorite festival pieces, those that worked well for their program and were enjoyed by their students.  Here’s installment #1 in our series of Top Festival Picks.  In this posting, we feature picks by St. Louis Area’s Ron Sikes, Joe Pappas, Sister Gail Buckman, and Larry Johnson, complete with reference recordings.  […]

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TITLE: Joel Vanderheyden Loves Jefferson College’s New Nottelmann Sound Systems!

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DATE: November 16, 2018

With budgetary assistance from Joe Pappas and the Jeffco Viking Band Camp,  Jefferson College’s music department was looking for a great sounding and versatile sound systems for the band and choir rehearsal rooms.  They wanted portability, great sound, and high quality recording capability.  Joel Vanderheyden contacted me with specific criteria in mind and I set out to design a system […]

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TITLE: In Case You Missed It – FESTIVAL P’S & Q’S

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DATE: October 30, 2018

Curated from Yamaha’s  SupportED Magazine – by Marcia Neel – performing at a festival is so much more than “performing the music.” Here are several etiquette recommendations for your next festival or more formal performance. APPEARANCE AND DEMEANOR ON THE STAGE AND IN THE AUDIENCE MAKE AN IMPACTFUL  STATEMENT ABOUT YOUR ENSEMBLE DURING FESTIVAL APPEARANCES. STAGE ETIQUETTE The adjudication begins […]

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TITLE: Essential Breathing Exercises for Your Choir

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DATE: January 15, 2019

Curated from Choral.net, by Molly McLinden – Anyone who sings, whether as a soloist or chorister, knows that proper breathing is a major component to a reliable and healthy sound. If you don’t get a good breath, you may find yourself running out of air, straining, or having a weaker sound. There is a lot of information out there about […]

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TITLE: Band Booster Parents: 10 Simple Tips on How to Keep Everyone Informed and Organized

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DATE: January 14, 2019

Curated from Simplycircle.com, by Elena Krasnoperova –  Everybody understands the importance of communication and organization, especially those parents involved in a band booster organization. With a demanding band camp schedule, practice and performance schedule (not to mention fundraisers, traveling, uniforms, and competitions), a parent really needs to be on top of it all so that their own child – and the […]

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TITLE: Life Long Benefits of Music Education

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DATE: January 10, 2019

Curated from Collegemagazine.com, by Hillary Droke.  Sponsored by the NAMM Foundation –  Music education feels more important than ever before. Learning an instrument goes beyond plucking notes and the routine of practicing. Music education improves language abilities and increases emotional resilience, empathy, self-confidence, attention span and focus, according to the Royal Music Foundation. Music allows a sense of release and escape that […]

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TITLE: Article — “Mom, how do I play a G Sharp?” A Parent’s Guide for the Young Musician’s Practice Experience

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DATE: January 7, 2019

This article, curated from amparents.org, written by Marc Whitlock, is a must-read for parents of young musicians.  So if you’re a parent, read it!  If you’re a music educator, share it! This scene is all too familiar: CHILD: “Mom, can you help me with my math?” MOM: “Sure thing, sweetie!” CHILD: “Dad, can you help me with my history?” DAD: […]

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