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Don't see what you're looking for?  TELL US WHAT IT IS!  You found The Nottelmann Blog, exclusively for music educators!  Our blog library now stands at 360 postings! 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: Canva video tools: a quick-start guide for teachers

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DATE: August 3, 2022

Curated from Midnight Music – by Katherine Miller – There are always tremendous posts at Katie Wardrobe’s Midnight Music.  Here’s one from one of her subscribers on how to take this wonderful tool for creating images and videos and use it for the classroom. This is a guest post by one of our teacher-authors, Katherine Miller. Canva isn’t just for…

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TITLE: 18 LESSONS MARCHING BAND TEACHES OUR KIDS: A PARENT’S PERSPECTIVE

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DATE: August 3, 2022

Curated from AMP, the Association of Music Parents – by Kathleen Heuer –  My name is Penny Ray, and I’m a music parent. My husband and I have three teenagers: a sophomore who plays mellophone in her public high school marching band and French horn in the Wind Ensemble at school; an 8th grader who plays trumpet in the local homeschool…

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TITLE: For Parents, an Answer to the Question “Why Marching Band?”

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DATE: August 3, 2022

Directors – share this video with your parents. Parents – not sure about whether you should put your child in marching band? In this 6-minute video you’ll hear from parents just like you who explain the ways that marching band has had a positive impact on their kids. Marching band will not only help your child become a better musician,…

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TITLE: Everything Band Episode 183- a Visit with Conn-Selmer Clinician Frank Troyka

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DATE: July 28, 2022

Curated from Everything Band – Let the words of Frank Troyka encourage and inspire you.  Frank, a longtime band director in Richardson, Texas and now serves as an adjunct instructor at SMU, educational consultant for Conn-Selmer, and director of education for System Blue.   GO TO ORIGINAL POST

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TITLE: Our Featured NPD Webinar

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DATE: July 27, 2022

About this Webinar – How cool is this?  TWENTY successful, veteran music teachers share what they had wish they had known BEFORE becoming a music teacher!  Here’s wisdom you simply cannot buy.   If you’re a music teacher, especially if you’re a young teacher or plan to teach music in the future, every word in this webinar is GOLD!  Watch it,…

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TITLE: How to Establish Classroom Routines and Why

SOURCE: Curated

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DATE: July 27, 2022

Curated from JW Pepper’s CUED IN – Picture a successful band, orchestra, or choir rehearsal. Students have their instruments and music at the ready and are focused on the conductor. They respond quickly to instructions and are prepared for each cue. When it’s time to go to their next class, they put materials away in designated areas, keeping the space…

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TITLE: Case Study: Strategic Storage and Scheduling Solutions

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DATE: July 26, 2022

Curated from The YAMAHA Educator Suite – by Christine Ngeo Katzman –  Every music program has the challenge of logistics regarding storage and scheduling.  Here’s how one program met that challenge. When Vincent Vicchiariello began his transition to Director of Bands at Nutley High School in New Jersey in 2018, the program boomed. “We had our biggest [group] of 95 students in our marching…

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TITLE: KICKSTARTING YOUR JAZZ BAND: How To Get Your Band Swingin’ And Playin’ The Blues

SOURCE: Curated

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DATE: July 25, 2022

Curated from Jupiter Winds – with Tonia Mathews – Mrs. Mathews discusses her strategy for starting the year with a middle school or young high school jazz band. The clinic provides best practices for teaching students how to swing while also incorporating the blues progression. Engaging students in a thoughtful pace will motivate your students to improvise and be comfortable…

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TITLE: Studio Recording 101 For the Musician – Concepts To Help Ensure Your Musical Success

SOURCE: Nottelmann Music

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DATE: July 19, 2022

Reprinted by permission from Michael Parkinson, DMA – Educational Specialist – Bach Trumpets, Conn-Selmer, Inc. – A Nottelmann Music Clinician –  Countless musicians, including me, have dreams of making an outstanding professional recording or becoming studio musicians.  Unfortunately many musicians, including me, have often gone into the recording studio with a lack of knowledge or understanding of how to prepare…

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TITLE: Your Teacher Identity

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DATE: July 6, 2022

Curated from The Yamaha Educator Suite – by Don Stinson – I had an identity crisis during my first few years of teaching. I had to wade through the stressors of a new job, getting an ensemble ready for a performance within days of school starting, and trying to balance a personal life. I had an idea of who I…

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TITLE: Give Your Ensemble a Daily Diet of Fundamentals

SOURCE: Curated

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DATE: July 1, 2022

Curated from The YAMAHA Educator Suite – by Jarrett Lipman – A musician’s daily diet or daily drill provides all the necessary basics for performing on an instrument successfully. While it’s not a perfect formula, at Claudia Taylor Johnson High School, we stick to our daily drill in the same way that we brush our teeth or get dressed for school…

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TITLE: See Beyond Disabilities and Find Opportunities to Excel

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DATE: June 18, 2022

Curated from the Yamaha Educator Suite – by Cody Newman – Our students are only limited by the constraints we place on them, so let’s all choose opportunity and choose to excel!  Here’s my story – On a muggy Texas evening in May 2020 during the height of the pandemic, I sat in the Diffee family’s driveway out in the…

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TITLE: Tips for a Successful Marching Band – with Yamaha Master Educator Barry Houser

SOURCE: Nottelmann Music

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DATE: June 6, 2022

  Time to “pick the brain” of Yamaha Master Educator and Director of the Marching Illini Barry Houser originally presented to the Carthage Missouri Band Staff. This free, view anytime webinar is on: Drum Majors Student Leaders Student Motivation and Attitude Show Music Selection Show Drill Design Teaching Drill Going Digital Online Tools Tips and Tricks Optional one-hour PD credit…

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TITLE: Build a Culture of Excellence

SOURCE: Ray Benton

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DATE: March 3, 2022

Curated from the YAMAHA Educator Suite – by Jarrett Lipman – Students who believe in their ability to perform at a high level are more likely to achieve remarkable things. When students see results as a performer, they develop trust in their instructors. Music educators’ ability to take their students to a level that they may not even see as possible hinges…

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TITLE: Make Band a “Home” for Everyone

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DATE: January 12, 2022

Curated from The YAMAHA Educator Suite – by Jarrett Lipman – How can you make band a place that everyone enjoys? From student musicians who want to be the very best in the all-state contest, to those who are more casual and never practice outside of class, to athletes who want to participate in band, to students who want to…

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

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DATE: August 15, 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: Blending Brass

SOURCE: Curated

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DATE: July 16, 2021

Curated from the Yamaha Educator Suite – by Elizabeth Geli –  With so many superhero movies hitting the theaters, it’s ironic to hear ensemble directors tell their students, “Don’t be a hero,” when someone is sticking out in the overall sound. Because of the brass instruments’ powerful directional abilities, blending the sound and dynamics of an ensemble can sometimes seem…

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TITLE: Nottelmann Professional Development Webinars

SOURCE: Nottelmann Music

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DATE: May 3, 2021

Your ONE-TIME registration takes less than a minute.  Already registered?  Access all of our webinars now. CLICK TO REVIEW THIS VIDEO PREVIEW 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…

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TITLE: Case Study: Cle Elum-Roslyn is a Small District with a Big Sound

SOURCE: Curated

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DATE: May 28, 2020

Curated from The Yamaha Educator Suite – by Savy Leiser – Cle Elum, Washington, is a small town with a population of about 2,000 and a school district serving approximately 900 students in K-12 — but that doesn’t stop the power of music flowing through it. If anything, the town’s size has helped people form closer connections through music. “Our…

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TITLE: How Being a Marching Band Director is Like Being a CEO

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DATE: July 17, 2019

This article is curated from Mustech.net.   Author Joseph M. Pisano, Ph.D. is the creator of many education websites, a lecturer, clinician, trumpeter, and conductor. Most people don’t think about it; but, if you happen to be a marching band director you KNOW it -successful marching band directors have the same skill sets as successful Chief Executive Officers (CEOs). CEOs must be…

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TITLE: Marching Band Speakers from Presonus

SOURCE: Nottelmann Music

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DATE: July 1, 2019

In this one post, you can view three different levels of incredible marching band speakers from Presonus, at three different price levels.  Add mics and a mixer and you’re good to go.  Nottelmann Music has provided all levels of these speakers to music programs, with excellent results. The CDL Series – The ULT Series – The Air Series.  For more info, CONTACT…

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

SOURCE: Nottelmann Music

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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: Case Study: Grassroots Funding Through Social Media and Contests

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DATE: May 13, 2022

Curated from The Yamaha Educator Suite – by Christine Ngeo Katzman –  When Heather Taylor became the band director at Lakeshore Elementary School in Rochester, New York, in 2018, she had an $80 annual budget. “That’s literally less than $1 a kid,” says Taylor who teaches about 140 students in 4th and 5th grades out of 420 students overall in grades 3…

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TITLE: Reducing Performance Anxiety

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DATE: May 4, 2022

Curated from The YAMAHA Educator Suite – by Steve Graves – We’ve all seen it happen and have even felt it ourselves — that feeling in the pit of your stomach, the shakiness, the nerves. As directors, we have learned to live with performance anxiety, but what can we do to help our students deal with it? What is Musical…

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TITLE: Your Four-Tool Recruitment Bundle

SOURCE: Ray Benton

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DATE: March 10, 2022

Time to recruit that new crop of beginners?  Depending on your school’s time setup, it could be now,  it could be in a few weeks, it could be in a few months.  No matter when that is, NOW is the time to make plans.  These FOUR posts found at the Nottelmann Blog, linked below, can greatly improve your chances of…

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TITLE: Video Review – Recording Your Students with the Affordable Samson CO2 Mic Pair and Zoom Q8 Video Handy Recorder

SOURCE: Ray Benton

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DATE: March 3, 2022

If you don’t have a lot of money to spend, here’s a quality option for recording your large ensembles, small ensembles, or soloists – band, jazz band, choir, or orchestra.  This demo was created by JW Pepper, but the mics are also available at Nottelmann Music.  Email RAY for our current low price and availability.  

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TITLE: Ten Strategies to Improve Intonation in the Instrumental Ensemble

SOURCE: Curated

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DATE: March 3, 2022

Curated from The Alfred Blog – by David Pope – “Bad intonation is unforgiveable.” This quote was shared with me by a mentor when I was an undergraduate student over 20 years ago, and it has remained an integral part of my teaching philosophy. In every situation, no matter if I was teaching a traditional school ensemble or an all-state…

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TITLE: Video – 10 Types of BAND DIRECTORS! Do you know all 10 of these guys?

SOURCE: Ray Benton

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DATE: February 15, 2022

Do you know all 10 of these guys?

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TITLE: Directing Band Podcast Episode 11: What every middle school band student should know

SOURCE: Curated

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DATE: February 15, 2022

Curated from Directing Band – Here’s what one Georgia band director expects of his incoming middle school students.  The state standards may differ from yours, but the concepts can apply. Episode 11 is an episode based on a listener request.   In this episode, Josh describes what he ideally wants every student to know when they enter the high school…

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TITLE: Ignite a Passion for Practice

SOURCE: Curated

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DATE: February 15, 2022

Curated from the YAMAHA Educator Suite – by Frank DiMaria –  Rather than relying on external motivation, successful teachers inspire students to fuel their own flame to attain a higher level of mastery. To this end, Chris Gleason, instrumental music educator at Patrick Marsh Middle School in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, taps into “the deeply human need to direct [one’s life] and to…

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TITLE: Case Study: Peers Support Peers at a United Sound Chapter in Missouri

SOURCE: Curated

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DATE: January 13, 2022

Curated from The YAMAHA Educator Suite – by Frank DiMaria – With Paul Holzen, Education Representative for Nottelmann Music – Socialization is typically a by­product of a music program. However, in one music class at Parkway Central Middle School in Chesterfield, Missouri, socialization is the goal.   Paul Holzen Parkway Central hosts a chapter of United Sound, a national not-for-profit program that provides…

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