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You found The Nottelmann Blog, exclusively for music educators!  Our blog library now stands at 307 postings! 

With the challenges of teaching during the COVID 19 restrictions, you’ll find several posts to help you through this challenging time.

Since you’re ALWAYS LEARNING, we’re ALWAYS ADDING MORE!

NOTE: our posts do not necessarily appear in chronological order, as some are ordered according to the season.

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TITLE: Our Featured NPD Webinar

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DATE: April 1, 2021

Pathways for Funding Music Education – with Mike Kamphuis, Conn-Selmer Clinician About this Webinar – Music educators have so much to consider when building a quality program, and many times this area of managing the physical assets and planning for growth gets neglected.  Watch the webinar and learn how to apply Mike’s strategy he calls “The Four Pillars to Support […]

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TITLE: NEW: Adding Parts 7&8 to 1-6 – Post-Pandemic Planning Guide: Minimizing Risk, Community Involvement, and Recruiting

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DATE: March 23, 2021

This ESSENTIAL post includes all 8 parts of this series. Welcome to your Post-Pandemic Planning Guide to bring back music to your school. Your program may have taken a toll this past year and rebuilding it will be challenging, but you are not alone. We are here to walk beside you and help you every step of the way to […]

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TITLE: Nottelmann Professional Development Webinars

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DATE: October 19, 2020

Your ONE-TIME registration takes less than a minute.  Already registered?  Access all of our webinars now.        Welcome music educators!  In keeping Nottelmann Music’s 65-year-plus tradition of supporting music educators, we offer these pages to support your everyday teaching.  Nottelmann Professional Development is here to instruct and provide you with OPTIONAL professional development credit, absolutely free of charge.  […]

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TITLE: Organizing a School District’s Music Program and the Care and Feeding of the Young Percussionist

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DATE: April 5, 2021

The Bandmaster’s Podcast, Episode 37: Bill Jastrow, Retired, Indian Prairie School District 204, IL.  Bill Jastrow discusses comprehensive musicianship, organizing a school district’s music program, and the caring and “feeding” of the young percussionist. FULL BIO Spanning 41 years, William Jastrow’s teaching experience ranges from a community high school with an enrollment of 450 students, to Neuqua Valley H.S. with an […]

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TITLE: Bring Administrators Plans, Not Problems

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DATE: April 1, 2021

Curated from the Yamaha Educator Suite, by Dr. Dave Gerhart –  Over the past two months, it feels like I have watched more webinars than I have in the last two years. I am sure that is the case for many of you. There have been many educational and informative webinars that are sharing advocacy resources. These resources are so […]

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TITLE: 5 Keys to a Successful Career in Music

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DATE: April 1, 2021

Curated from the Alfred Blog – By Danae Witter – As a young, naïve college student in the early 2000s, I was confident with my decision to pursue a career in music. If I didn’t turn out to be the next world-renowned soloist, I would audition and join the violin section of a major U.S. orchestra or pursue my doctorate […]

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TITLE: Oral Cavity Shape For Single Reeds

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DATE: March 17, 2021

Check out this quick discussion about a sometimes overlooked consideration with quality sound reproduction with reed instruments.  Curated from the D’Addario Education Collective.

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TITLE: Teaching Bucket Drumming: 5 Survival Tips

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DATE: March 16, 2021

Curated from the Alfred Blog – By David Birrow  As a trained percussionist, this gig teaching bucket drumming should have been going way better… Sure, it was my first teaching job and it was at a summer camp but currently several dozen 1st and 2nd graders were running around the room wielding drum sticks. Apparently all those hours in the […]

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TITLE: Tips for Building Community & Growing Relationships with Band Parents

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DATE: February 19, 2021

Curated from Band Directors Talk Shop – Tips for Building Community & Growing Relationships with Band Parents – Readers’ Collaborative Post  In our recent survey, we asked Band Directors Talk Shop readers, “How do you build community with your band parents? How do you keep open lines of communication and grow strong relationships with parents?” With hundreds of responses to the survey, we came […]

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TITLE: POST SESSION – After Hours Session 2021- Show Me HOW TO GET the Money!

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DATE: January 25, 2021

This LIVE, interactive session was held on Friday, January 29, 6:00-6:50 PM CST, hosted by Nottelmann Music as an exhibitor for the Missouri Music Educators Association (Virtual) In-service workshop/conference and presented courtesy of Yamaha. Download Show Me (How to Get) the Money RESOURCES GUIDE APPLY FOR ONE HOUR OF PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT CREDIT Take this short VERIFICATION QUIZ.  Your successful submission of […]

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TITLE: 7 Tips For Building A Successful Music or Band Program

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DATE: January 6, 2021

Curated from WorldStrides –  Summer is a time for teachers to relax – and to reflect on the previous year. How successful was your year? We know music directors are always looking for ways to encourage their programs to thrive. With that in mind, we asked accomplished WorldStrides OnStage music directors with experiences ranging from starting from scratch to taking over an […]

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TITLE: Advocacy During Uncertainty: 4 Things to Consider

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DATE: January 6, 2021

Curated from Smartmusic’s The Music Educator Blog – by Jen Rafferty –  Music education has changed dramatically over the last few months. It seems that everyone has a different situation regarding how they are teaching their students this school year. Some schools are in person, some are at home, and still some, a strange amalgamation of both. It’s a weird […]

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TITLE: “Where’s the Triangle?” Strategies for managing percussionists and percussion instruments. – Parts 1 and 2

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DATE: January 6, 2021

Curated from Bandworld – by Russell G. McCutcheon – Managing the percussion inventory Every conductor has experienced it: rehearsal is progressing smoothly, then the triangle part is missing. “Who is playing the triangle?” “Umm…we didn’t know we needed it.” Or “We can’t find it,” your percussionists reply. There are three keys to solving this dilemma: Students must be able to […]

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TITLE: “Where’s the Triangle?” Strategies for managing percussionists and percussion instruments – Part 3

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DATE: January 6, 2021

Curated from Bandworld –  Setting up the percussion section Every conductor has experienced it: rehearsal is progressing smoothly, then the triangle part is missing. “Who is playing the triangle?” “Umm…we didn’t know we needed it.” Or “We can’t find it,” your percussionists reply. There are three keys to solving this dilemma: Students must be able to quickly and easily locate […]

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TITLE: Top Ten 2020 Posts at The Nottelmann Blog

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DATE: December 28, 2020

In 2020, there were over 100 quality articles, videos, and podcasts published at The Nottelmann Blog.  With SO many quality and diverse posts to choose from, here are our picks based on quality, topic, and popularity.  We highly recommend that you view and share each one. #1 – Making Jazz Easier for Your Students (and Yourself) – A Nottelmann Exclusive, […]

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TITLE: Kirk Hickman and Eric Wellman PROVIDE AT HOME PERCUSSION PRACTICE TIPS

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DATE: December 28, 2020

Curated from The Bandmasters Podcast – Kirk Hickman, band director at Hinsdale South High School in Hinsdale, IL, and Eric Wellman, band director at Joliet West High School in Joliet, IL, provide some tips and resources on how percussionists can practice at home (and how percussionists are already used to this type of practice!). Some suggested links from the video/audio: […]

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TITLE: Bob Mencozzi on Getting Things Done

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DATE: December 21, 2020

Curated from The Bandmasters Podcast – Bob Mecozzi, band director at Amos Alonzo Stagg High School in Palos Hills, IL, talks about the Getting Things Done system and how we can reduce stress by managing our tasks. For more content related to music education, visit www.thebandmasters.com, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Sticher Audio. Sidenote Series: Bob Mecozzi on Getting Things Done […]

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TITLE: Copyright for Virtual Concerts: What You Can and Cannot Do

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DATE: December 16, 2020

Curated from J.W. Pepper’s CuedIn – by Andrea Pelloquin –  Planning an online concert?  What about copyright, permissions?  This article and video sets the issue straight. J.W. Pepper hosted a webinar on October 1st with Katie Baron, attorney and partner at Alter, Kendrick & Baron, LLP and Shari Molstad, Permissions Manager at Hal Leonard LLC. We have summarized the content of […]

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TITLE: Custom Cursors For Your Play-Along Videos, Remote Learning Lessons and More

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DATE: December 15, 2020

Curated from Midnight Music – by Katie Wardrobe –  Custom Cursor is a Chrome extension that allows you to change your mouse pointer into a little picture. This makes your cursor more prominent when sharing your screen with students in class or while teaching remotely. Custom Cursor can also work well as a conducting pointer for singalong or play-along activities. […]

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TITLE: Dear Future Band Directors…

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DATE: December 12, 2020

Curated from Rocky Point Productions – What does an experienced band director wish he had known going into his first year?  Here’s the account from one person, things to consider for the brand new or future band director. My name is Rocky Ankeny and I am the Assistant Director of Bands at Panther Creek High School. I marched Cadets in […]

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TITLE: Denis DiBlasio: Jazz Saxophonist, Music Educator and Storyteller

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DATE: December 11, 2020

Curated from Yamaha Educator Suite – Denis DiBlasio is a natural improviser. He was about 10 years old when his music teacher wrote down a blues scale in F.   “He said, ‘Just make up stuff and use these notes,’” DiBlasio says. “I must have played that thing for two years. I just beat that thing to death.” After spending so […]

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TITLE: The Bandmaster Podcast Episode 35: Bobby Lambert, Wando High School, Mt. Pleasant, SC

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DATE: December 11, 2020

Curated from Bandmasters Podcast – Bobby is Director of Bands at Wando High School in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. Originally from Cherokee, North Carolina, Mr. Lambert attended Western Carolina University to obtain his Bachelors Degree in music education and then the University of Massachusetts to receive a graduate assistantship and a Masters of Music Degree in saxophone performance. From 2001 […]

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TITLE: Giving a Trumpet a Bath

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DATE: December 10, 2020

Curated from Band Directors Share – Lots of ways to do this – here’s one.

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TITLE: HOW TO STERILIZE STRING INSTRUMENTS FOR COVID-19

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DATE: December 10, 2020

Curated from KHS America – by Rock Clouser – Please note, this article contains information for consideration to reduce the risks of spreading COVID-19 on string instruments. We cannot guarantee these suggestions are 100% preventative.   For string instruments, it is really difficult to give a one size fits all cleaning answer because string instruments have so many surface types […]

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TITLE: The Benefits of Sight-Reading: The What, Why, and How

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DATE: December 10, 2020

Curated from the Smartmusic Music Educator Blog – What is Sight-Reading? Being able to look at a brand new piece of music and play it at sight is a pretty amazing skill to have. Just think—what we’re trained as musicians to do is to simultaneously scan and identify various symbols and visual cues, register and process each one (both individually […]

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