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You found The Nottelmann Blog, exclusively for music educators!  We currently feature 179 postings – articles, videos, podcasts!  Search by TEACHING AREA, CATEGORY, KEYWORD.    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: 7 Tips for Teachers to Get Today’s Students to Practice More

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DATE: November 20, 2019

Curated from KHS America’s AcademicAlliance.com – by Donna Schwartz – Here’s some ideas that I have used or have heard other well-known teachers implement. Some of these ideas will take time, but are worth it in the long run… Get to know each of your students. This is a tall order, but showing interest in your students’ lives builds trust.  […]

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TITLE: Maximize Your Practicing – Part 1: The 3 Main Areas We Need to Practice

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DATE: November 19, 2019

Curated from KHS America’s AcademicAlliance.com – by Donna Schwartz – Before we get into the 3 main areas, we need to think about what would go into our practice session. (A future article will talk about setting goals.) What you include in your practice session depends upon a few factors: what playing level you are currently at (Beginner, Intermediate – […]

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TITLE: Maximize Your Practicing – Part 2: The Rule of 10’s

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DATE: November 19, 2019

Curated from KHS America’s AcademicAlliance.com – by Donna Schwartz – The Rule of 10’s is simply this: You focus on one area for a solid 10 minutes, then move on to the next area. For example, your 10 minute session could be working out a jazz lick in all 12 keys, or working on technical exercises from a method book, […]

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TITLE: Why Day-of-Performance Butterflies May Actually Be a Good Thing

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DATE: November 15, 2019

Use these when you perform.  Share these with your students as they prepare to perform solo or audition – curated from Bulletproof Musician, by Noa Kageyama, Ph.D. – For most, waking up on the day of a big audition, competition, or performance feels very different from every other morning. Things are just a little more unsettled. And it’s harder to […]

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TITLE: Looking to STEP-UP? Then STEP UP TO YAMAHA!

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DATE: November 11, 2019

It’s the PERFECT time for that young musician to step up to a quality intermediate or pro-level brass or woodwind instrument from Yamaha!  Now through Dec. 31, get that great Nottelmann Price and THEN get $50-$100 off – It’s STEP UP TO YAMAHA!  Just call our South County location- 314-631-1486 Why step up to an intermediate or professional-level brass or […]

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TITLE: 10 Bandroom Tips – For New Band Directors

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DATE: November 11, 2019

Curated from Jupiter, Mapex, and Majestic Educational Resources – Here are 10 selected tips for the new and experienced band directors alike.   Bandroom Tip #1: Keeping Track of Auxilliary Percussion Bandroom Tip #2: Breathing for Young Low Brass Players Bandroom Tip #3: Training Low Brass…Ear Development Bandroom Tip #4: Helping Your Flute Students to Play In Tune Bandroom Tip […]

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TITLE: Free Sound Effects For Your Music Tech Projects

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DATE: November 8, 2019

Curated from Midnight Music, by Katie Wardrobe – Our theme for this month is free music tech resources and in this episode I share 9 different places you can find free sound effects for music tech projects your students might be working on. http://traffic.libsyn.com/musictechteacher/MTT85_music_effects.mp3 I’ll also cover: Tips on how to expand a limited sound effects library without downloading any […]

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TITLE: Bridging The Gap between Middle School and High School – Five-Part Series

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DATE: November 7, 2019

Tips For Ensuring A Seamless Music Education Experience, Curated from the Music Achievement Council and the NAMM Foundation – What can be done to ensure students continuing to participate in our music education programs?  Here’s an in-depth answer to what can: (1) Directors Do? (2) Parents Do?  (3) Students Do? (4) Music Supervisors Do? (5) Administrators Do? Part 1 – […]

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TITLE: The Trust of Leadership (In Your High School Band)

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DATE: November 6, 2019

Curated from Conn-Selmer – by Dr. Matthew Arau – Can a high school band function successfully without trust? Can a band have an effective student leadership program if the director does not trust the student leaders? Can an untrusting conductor generate expressive music-making from his ensemble? If the answer to these three questions is an unwavering no, then it is […]

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TITLE: Levels of Thinking

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DATE: November 5, 2019

Curated from Conn-Selmer – by Frank Troyka, Educational Consultant – Something all of us hope to instill in our students is the ability for them to take responsibility for their own learning. As musicians, independence and interdependence are inherent in virtually everything we do. As a young teacher, I found myself trying to bear the burden for student achievement somewhat […]

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TITLE: Strategies For Success: Thoughts For New (and Veteran) Teachers

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DATE: November 4, 2019

Curated from Conn-Selmer – by Dr. Charles T. Menghini – In every case, it boils down to the little things. Simple acts. Things that we can incorporate into our way of living. They become a part of who we are and help to define our success (or failure). In the end, the little things in life are the big things. […]

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TITLE: Creating Positive Classroom Behavior

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DATE: November 1, 2019

Curated from Conn-Selmer – by Dr. Tim Lautzenhauser – We often hear fellow teachers talk about a student’s ill-disposition or bad attitude and how it has a negative impact on the group. Perhaps more than any subject in the school curriculum, the attitude of the students plays a crucial role in the forward progress (or lack of) of the music […]

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TITLE: How to Find and Use Productive Pockets of Time in Your Day 

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DATE: October 31, 2019

Curated from Midnight Music – by Katie Wardrobe – This short podcast by our good friend Katie Wardrobe is packed with great time-management ideas that you can put to work today! For a downloadable copy of the tips mentioned in this episode, click HERE. GO TO ORIGINAL POST

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TITLE: 3 Reasons Why Now — More Than Ever — America Needs Music in its Schools

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DATE: October 30, 2019

Curated from Get Banded, a blog published by Jupiter, Mapex, and Majestic instruments – by Anthony Mazzocchi  For the first time ever, music is now cited in federal statute as a stand-alone subject in schools. The timing could not be better.  After all, provision for the arts in school curricula should be a no-brainer requirement of a well-rounded education.  However, just […]

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TITLE: Inquiry into the Habits of a Significant Band Director, a TME Podcast

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DATE: October 28, 2019

Curated from The Music Educator Podcast – What is a Significant Band Director? What are those habits?  Do you already possess some of them? Listen to this short but worthwhile podcast – Here we conduct an inquiry into the habits of a significant band director. What makes a band director significant? What is needed to become significant? We will discuss […]

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TITLE: Your Relationship With Students – Part 1, The Successful Music Teacher Series

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DATE: October 24, 2019

This is our first podcast in our Successful Music Teacher Series, designed to provide you with tips and ideas to help you to be successful in teaching music to kids.  This is an exclusive production of Nottelmann Music, a full-service School Music company located in St. Louis.  Our Podcast PLUS postings contain optional video graphics.  Listen on your computer, phone, […]

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TITLE: Tips For Your Jazz Band Guitarist

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DATE: October 22, 2019

Curated from Smartmusic’s The Music Education Blog – by Mike Christiansen –   With very little background in playing guitar, and no background in jazz guitar pedagogy, many band directors find themselves at a loss on how to help their jazz band guitarist. The following tips can help you point your student guitarists in the right direction. Getting the Sound: The […]

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TITLE: 5 Reasons to Step Up to a Better Wind Instrument

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DATE: October 19, 2019

Curated from Yamaha’s blog The Hub – By Brian Petterson –  Navigating the world of middle school, junior high or high school band can be tough for parents of young musicians — especially those of you who weren’t yourself an instrumentalist back in your glory days. Instruments, reeds, strings, mallets, valve oil — there are many important things that school-aged band […]

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TITLE: 10 Types of Music Majors Explained – Career Tracks

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DATE: October 18, 2019

How many of your college-bound music students have a clear understanding of the possible career tracks are available?  Here are 10 to share – curated from The NAMM Foundation –  In this article you’ll discover career possibilities, hear from students currently in music programs and get inspired to pursue your academic goals. You’ll also see career end goals for each […]

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TITLE: Music Education Mentoring in Missouri – A Crucial Program

SOURCE: Ray Benton

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DATE: October 17, 2019

A Podcast Interview with Steve Litwiller, MMEA Mentoring Chair – by Ray Benton – An Exclusive podcast from Nottelmann Music – Did you know that forty-four percent of new teachers leave teaching within five years?  Learn how MMEA Mentoring Chair Steve Litwiller and educators in this program are making a real difference!  If you’re a Missouri Music Educator and new […]

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TITLE: Expanding the Learning Power of Music Through Multi-Media

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DATE: October 17, 2019

Here’s a brief article and quick video, loaded with interesting ideas regarding technology and multimedia.  Curated from The NAMM Foundation – by Philip Nash –   The contemporary student comes to the classroom with a sophisticated knowledge of computers. It is vital that we creatively approach and utilize the application of available technology to engage students and enhance learning. Multimedia […]

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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: Tim Lautzenheiser Speaks on the Power of Learning

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DATE: October 15, 2019

Curated from Conn-Selmer’s CSI Connect – by Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser – Conn-Selmer’s VP of Education, Tim Lautzenheiser, encourages us to discover the power of learning and the reason there is no end to power of music in our students lives.

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TITLE: 10 Easy Ear-Training Exercises for Choir

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DATE: October 15, 2019

Great info here for choir directors.  Read on, pass on to colleagues.  Curated from Smartmusic’s Music Educator Blog – by Andy Beck. As a former high school choir director, I recognize both the challenges and rewards of teaching aural skills within the context of large group rehearsals. While time is often tight, and concert schedules tend to dictate priorities, there […]

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TITLE: Music Ed Mentor Bonus Podcast: Grants – How to Get What You Want

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DATE: October 14, 2019

So many of our customers have success stories from applying for grants.  Here’s how to have yours!  Curated from The Music Educator Blog – by Elisa Janson Jones – Have you ever wished you could just wave a magic wand and have someone give you everything you’ve ever wanted for your music program? What would you ask for? What would […]

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TITLE: 3 Benefits of Being a Google Certified Educator as a Music Teacher

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DATE: October 7, 2019

Curated from Midnight Music, a site dedicated to educating the music educator on how to implement technology – by Sarah Joncas – There are many benefits to becoming a Google Certified Educator. For music teachers, the Google Certified Educator program offers relevant professional development. It also helps teachers gain new technology knowledge and apply that knowledge to their own teaching […]

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TITLE: Guitar (and Ukulele) Class in The Last Frontier State

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DATE: October 2, 2019

Curated from NAfME Council for Guitar Education – By Thomas Amoriello Jr. –  For our music educators looking to enhance or incorporate a guitar or ukulele class in their schools.  Kiel Schweizer is currently teaching the East High School Guitar Program for the Anchorage School District and recently created and implemented a new high school ukulele curriculum. His high school […]

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TITLE: How to use Google Classroom to Submit Recorded Singing and Playing Assignments

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DATE: September 27, 2019

Curated from Midnight Music – by Sarah Taylor – Streamlining student data collection the easy way One afternoon, I was sitting at my desk in my chorus classroom. My 6th graders had just left. The high school girls ensemble was after my planning period. I was preparing for a meeting with my administrator who wanted an update on my data-driven […]

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TITLE: “I’m Quitting Band!” Why Students Leave, and What You Can Do

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DATE: September 26, 2019

Curated from Smartmusic’s The Music Educator Blog – by Wendy Barden – “I’m quitting band!” is a phrase no director wants to hear. In spite of all the great things happening in a band program, you will still hear it from time to time. Today we’ll look at what reasons students give for quitting band, and then share some thought-provoking […]

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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: Upbeat! Creating a Positive Culture in Music Ensembles

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DATE: September 10, 2019

Curated from Smartmusic’s The Music Educator Blog – by Matthew Arau – When you wake up in the morning, do you look forward to your day of teaching music with excitement and anticipation? Can you hardly wait to enter your music room, looking forward to expanding young minds and co-creating artistic beauty? Are you filled with gratitude for the opportunity […]

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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: Tips for Success at All-State Auditions

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DATE: September 3, 2019

Curated from Smartmusic’s the music educator blog – by Chris Clark –  We all want our students to make All-State groups. Earning a place in these prestigious ensembles is a great experience for students. It’s something they can take pride in including on college applications, and a way to impress their peers. Not only does it benefit the student, but […]

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

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DATE: August 26, 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: How to Keep Instruments OUT of the Shop and IN Your Students’ Hands

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DATE: August 23, 2019

Tips from the Repair Shop is a series of EXCLUSIVE presentations from Nottelmann Music.  Click to show these valuable, easy to follow videos Share in class Share the links for students to view at home The Clarinet The Bass Clarinet The Saxophone Brass – The Trumpet, French Horn, Trombone, Euphonium, and Tuba Flute – Shared from Conn-Selmer    

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TITLE: The String Player’s Reboot

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DATE: August 13, 2019

Curated from Smartmusic’s Music Educator’s Blog – by Bob Phillips – The first week of any school year is always so exciting! It is wonderful to see your new and returning students. While the new school year brings with it many organizational challenges, the most immediate task is to get students moving forward again after a long summer. Often younger […]

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TITLE: Make the Beginning of Rehearsal Engaging and Productive

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DATE: August 12, 2019

Curated from Smartmusic’s Music Educator’s Blog – by Wendy Higdon – I have taught band for more than twenty-five years. During that time I’ve changed many, many aspects of my teaching practice as I’ve learned and discovered new ideas. However, no element has evolved more than my approach to “warmups.”To begin, I have all but erased the words “warm up” […]

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TITLE: How Do I Set Up My Audio-Technica USB Microphone with My PC?

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DATE: August 9, 2019

Microphone with My PC? 11.29.2018Audio-Technica 4 Comments Question: How do I set up my Audio-Technica USB microphone with my PC? Answer: The setup of an Audio-Technica USB microphone may seem like a daunting task, but fear not! There are only a few settings you need to configure before you begin recording and podcasting. Please refer to the photos and follow […]

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TITLE: Music Ed Mentor Podcast #054: Mastering Classroom Management

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DATE: August 3, 2019

Curated from Smartmusic’s Music Educator Blog – by Elisa Janson Jones – The other day I had a mentoring session with a first-year teacher. I asked him how much training in classroom management he’d been provided. What rules and procedures was he planning to implement? What consequences had he come up with for when students break the rules? [pause for […]

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TITLE: 7 Revealing Beginner Saxophonist Problems

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DATE: August 2, 2019

Curated from The Music Educator – by Bill Stevens – Learning a new instrument is not without its challenges. In this post “7 Revealing Beginner Saxophonist Problems” we will explore and identify challenges posed to new students. Whether or not you are teaching a 5th-grade student or a retiree who is looking to check something off their bucket list, all […]

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TITLE: Why Music? Be Inspired! Don’t You Dare Miss This!

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DATE: August 1, 2019

A short, heart-warming, inspirational video.  An answer to “Why Music?”  Don’t miss this!  Shared at The Nottelmann Blog! Are you a Mr. Jensen?  Had your life affected by a Mr. Jensen?  Want to be a Mr. Jensen?  SHARE ON THIS POST!

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TITLE: Literature Selection for Concert Band by Joe Pappas

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DATE: August 1, 2019

This important article is from Nottelmann Music clinician Joe Pappas.  Music Educators, do you include these key considerations when you select music for your concert band? The success of your program, performance, or rating at a festival or contest can be a result of selecting the right music. There are several factors to consider when making the selection. These factors […]

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TITLE: Five Things to Do in Your First Five Years of Teaching – Advice for New Music Educators

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DATE: July 29, 2019

Curated from NAfME – by Audrey Carballo – Five years sounds like a very long time, but in the world of academia, think of it as a mile marker on the way toward your retirement. For most of us, teaching is a career, and we’re in it for the duration of our working lives. If you want to go the […]

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TITLE: Where Have All The Clarinets Gone?

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DATE: July 27, 2019

Curated from Conn-Selmer’s CSI Connect – by John Casagrande –  Since the early 2000’s, there has been a noticeable decline in the number of clarinets in high and middle school bands. How this has occurred and the possible solutions to this problem is the focus of this essay. What has caused this dearth of clarinetists? There are several factors that, […]

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TITLE: It’s All About Time

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DATE: July 24, 2019

Curated from Conn-Selmer’s Education Division, CSI Connect –  Dr. Tim Lautzenhauser – Conn-Selmer Division of Education – From Dr. Tim, one of the leading clinicians for music educators, comes this article on time-management.  The one equalizing factor in this world is time. We all have twenty-four hours in the day; no more, no less. Successful educators are masters at managing time. They […]

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TITLE: Beginning Jazz Improv Strategies

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DATE: July 17, 2019

Curated from SmartMusic’s Music Educator Blog – by Sara Marino –  Beginning improvisers need our support. We can give them a blues, mixolydian, or dorian scale, but a scale is not a strategy. Providing students with explicit, straightforward strategies not only helps them develop their skills, but also builds their confidence in their abilities to improvise. This belief that they […]

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TITLE: Tim Lautzenheiser Speaks About Motivation

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DATE: July 17, 2019

Dr. Tim Lautzenhauser –  Conn Selmer Division of Education  –  Conn-Selmer’s VP of Education, Tim Lautzenheiser, discusses the different levels of group motivation.  View this short but important video for valuable insights for any music program. Tim Lautzenheiser is a widely-recognized voice advocating the importance of music education for every child.  Over the last three decades, countless students have experienced […]

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TITLE: How to Assess Individuals in the Full Ensemble Rehearsal

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DATE: July 9, 2019

Music Educators – did you know there’s a way to assess individual students from their in-class full ensemble performance?  This video shows how Dale Sharkey at CBC High School in St. Louis uses his Nottelmann Music sound system for effective in-class assessment as well as great out-of-class sound reinforcement.

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TITLE: Video Tips from Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band: When It Goes Off the Rails

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DATE: May 14, 2019

Curated from SmartMusic’s Music Educator Blog – Video by members of Gordon Goodman’s Big Phat Band – jazz band directors, mini disasters DO occur!  Share with your students what the pros do when it goes off the rails! What should the rhythm section do when the entire horn section comes in two and a half beats early after the solo […]

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TITLE: How To Use the Yamaha Harmony Director In Your Program – “The Most Important Piece of Equipment You Can Own!”

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DATE: April 12, 2019

THIS IS THE DEFINITIVE POSTING ON THE HARMONY DIRECTOR!  Find out why Dr. John Zastoupil, Director of Concert Bands at Missouri State, describes the Yamaha Harmony Director as “the most important piece of equipment you can own!”  View this EXCLUSIVE Podcast-Plus that takes your right into the Missouri State rehearsal room as John demonstrates how the HD works and how […]

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TITLE: Video Tips from Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band: Listening to the Band

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DATE: April 12, 2019

Curated from Smartmusic’s The Music Educators Blog – Jazz educators, you probably tell your ensemble students constantly to listen to each other, but do they really know how?  In this, the second of a series of performance advice videos, members of the Big Phat Band talk about how to listen to the other members of your jazz band. Appearing in today’s […]

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TITLE: Go With The Flow – What To Do When Your Plans Change

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DATE: April 5, 2019

In this exclusive Nottelmann Blog  Podcast, Joe Simino, Director of Bands at Seckman Middle School in the Fox C-6 School District and Ray Benton discuss this important topic for music educators in great detail.  How do you handle changes to your lesson plan, your school schedule, that out-of-town trip, or when you’re so tired you can’t do what you did […]

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TITLE: HOW DO I GET STARTED WITH TECHNOLOGY IN THE MIDDLE OR HIGH SCHOOL MUSIC CLASSROOM? [FREE GUIDE]

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DATE: March 29, 2019

Curated from our good friend Katie Wardrobe at Midnight Music, Sydney Australia – Introduction and important tips This is a dessert buffet – don’t get sick! My friend and fellow educator Amy Burns – an elementary music teacher in New Jersey – frequently starts a workshop by saying “We’re going to cover a lot of things here today. Please think of this […]

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TITLE: Working with the Over-Scheduled Child – with Larry Johnson

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DATE: March 29, 2019

The topic of “The Over-scheduled Child” is becoming more and more important to music educators.  This podcast will provide you with concepts and tips about how to recognize this concern and how to adjust your teaching to minimize the effect of the over-scheduled child in your music program. PODCAST OVERVIEW – What do the “experts” say about the over-scheduled child? […]

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TITLE: Video Tips from Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band: Mastering Difficult Passages

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DATE: March 27, 2019

Curated from Smartmusic’s Music Educator Blog – by Gordon Goodwin – Given the chance, who wouldn’t eavesdrop on a recording session by Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band? Certainly no one in our office! Through our friends at Alfred Music, we recently got a glimpse of the Big Phat Band in the studio. What’s more, we had the unmitigated audacity to […]

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

SOURCE: Ray Benton

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

SOURCE: Ray Benton

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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: Organizing the Chaos: Managing the Middle School Choir

SOURCE: Curated

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DATE: December 11, 2018

Curated from ChoralNet.org by Developing Voices Author Jennifer Berroth, Choral Director at Leawood Middle School, Leawood, Kansas. I’ve heard it said that teaching middle school puts one at the front of the line for sainthood. We’ve all had days on which we have earned that status. I have been teaching middle school choir for seven years, and in that time I have […]

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TITLE: Improving Brass Tone Production

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DATE: December 10, 2018

Curated from the Smartmusic Music Educator Blog, by Chip Crotts As the school year is now in full swing, let’s turn our thoughts to brass tone production. No doubt, your students are all playing a lot right now and are probably working the muscles more than ever before. Likewise, we may also be teaching a new crop of young brass […]

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TITLE: From the Everything Band Podcast: Episode 87 – Gail Buckman

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DATE: December 4, 2018

Curated from Mark J. Connor’s The Everything Band Blog –  Here’s a great national podcast posting of an interview with St. Louis’s own Sister Gail Buckman, who as this was recorded, is in her 50th year of teaching. Sister Gail Buckman has been teaching in the St. Louis are since 1968, and I recently had a chance to visit Sister […]

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

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DATE: November 26, 2018

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

SOURCE: Curated

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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: International Drum Rudiments

SOURCE: Curated

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DATE: November 13, 2018

An important,  free resource curated from PAS.org – complete with individual audio recordings of the 40 Percussive Arts Society International Drum Rudiments.  Download the free PDF copy or read the notated rudiments below.  The list consists of the traditional 26 rudiments along with a number of drum corps, orchestral, European, and contemporary drum rudiments. This listing was an outgrowth of […]

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TITLE: EASING INTO VIBRATO

SOURCE: Curated

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DATE: November 9, 2018

Curated from ASTA.org – Jennifer Mishra –  Vibrato can be one of the most difficult skills to teach a young string player.  Some students are able to produce a beautiful vibrato seemingly without effort while others struggle, working to produce a relaxed motion. It is much easier to teach a relaxed vibrato early than to correct a tense vibrato later. […]

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TITLE: Former Violin Society of America Judges on Their Approach to Evaluating An Instrument’s Tone

SOURCE: Curated

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DATE: November 9, 2018

Curated from StringsMagazine.com – By Cristina Schreil –  What defines “good tone”? How do you know if you’ve found it in a stringed instrument? As cellist Jia Kim describes it, players can usually intuit whether or not they immediately gel with an instrument, or whether it’s of good quality. “You can sense that the cello is responsive, the cello is […]

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TITLE: Creating Brass at Conn-Selmer

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DATE: November 9, 2018

Curated from Conn-Selmer –  For musicians, students, and teachers – a fantastic, quick peak into the process of making great brass instruments at their legendary factory.  When you think of manufacturing in Northeast Ohio, steel and rubber probably come to mind. For over a century, though, another kind of metal work has been taking here that’s brought enjoyment to millions […]

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TITLE: SOUND ADVICE: 5 SUGGESTIONS FOR IMPROVING CLARINET TONE

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DATE: October 26, 2018

Curated from Vandoren Paris – by Paula Corley – Vandoren and Buffet Crampon Artist, Pedagogy Chairman: International Clarinet Association, Texas Lutheran University Faculty –  Poor tone quality – both slurred and articulated – tops the clarinet critique list for directors and judges. How do you fix it? Here are  five suggestions to improve tone quality when slurring and articulating. 1. Focus the sound. Good […]

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TITLE: Exclusive Technology Interview – Katie Wardrobe with Midnight Music

SOURCE: Ray Benton

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DATE: October 24, 2018

When it comes to music education, Katie Wardrobe of Midnight Music is a leading expert. This discussion on many different applications of technology for the music educator is a MUST WATCH, regardless of your background or knowledge! This PODCAST PLUS from Nottelmann Music CO. in St. Louis M contains optional video content.     The podcast refers to this interesting […]

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TITLE: The Innovative Music Tech Teaching Space with Brad Fuller part 1

SOURCE: Curated

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DATE: October 12, 2018

Curated from Midnight Music – Katie Midnight – Featuring Brad Fuller When students join Brad Fuller’s ProjectRnB music program, they are greeted with “Welcome to show business…!” This episode is part 1 of my chat with Sydney based music educator Brad Fuller. In 2012, Brad was contracted to redesign the teaching space at Northern Beaches Christian School where he is […]

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TITLE: Band Room Makeover Makes the Most of Space

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DATE: September 20, 2018

Curated from Halftime Magazine – by Savy Leiser Innovative products and technology as well as practical space-saving ideas can help band directors turn even the smallest space into an efficient rehearsal room. In 2012, Fayetteville (Arkansas) High School became a completely new school, and director of bands Barry Harper received the band room of his dreams. After a four-year renovation project, the […]

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TITLE: Strengthening Vocal Technique Through Vocal Pedagogy

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DATE: September 19, 2018

Curated from the smartmusic music educator blog – by Susanna Botieff Bringing Vocal Pedagogy into the Classroom What is vocal pedagogy?According to Wikipedia: Vocal pedagogy is the study of the art and science of voice instruction. It explores what singing is, how singing works, and how proper singing technique is accomplished. Why should vocal pedagogy be an integral part of the choral classroom? […]

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TITLE: Student Leadership Training Doesn’t End At Camp

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DATE: September 18, 2018

Frank Troika  – Conn-Selmer Division of Education, CSI Connect – A pretty strong argument can be made that our student leaders have a tougher job of working with their peers than we do in working with our students. As teachers, we have inherent authority by way of our titles, our degrees, and to a large extent, our age and years of […]

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