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Nottelmann Blog Anniversary!  One year later, 163 postings! Articles, videos, podcasts!  Search by TEACHING AREA, CATEGORY, KEYWORD.  Exclusively for music educators!

Here’s a single place that music educators can turn to when they want to explore ideas, teaching tips, and product information.  We offer both exclusive and curated material from national and local experts. Fresh and updated regularly. Visit here often for brand new content!  

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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: One Year Anniversary! The Nottelmann Blog!

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DATE: October 1, 2019

One year later, over 160 postings!  Articles, videos, podcasts!  Search by TEACHING AREA, CATEGORY, KEYWORD.  Exclusively for music educators!

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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: Bridging The Gap between Middle School and High School – Part 1: What DIRECTORS Can Do

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DATE: September 26, 2019

Tips For Ensuring A Seamless Music Education Experience, Curated from the Music Achievement Council and the NAMM Foundation – Students continue to participate in our music education programs because they cannot imagine school without the meaningful engagement that our courses provide. Yet, for one reason or another, not all of our students continue their participation throughout their high school years. […]

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TITLE: Bridging The Gap between Middle School and High School – Part 2: What PARENTS Can Do

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DATE: September 26, 2019

PART 2 – Tips For Ensuring A Seamless Music Education Experience, Curated from the Music Achievement Council and the NAMM Foundation – Students continue to participate in our music education programs because they cannot imagine school without the meaningful engagement that our courses provide. Yet, for one reason or another, not all of our students continue their participation throughout their […]

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TITLE: Bridging The Gap between Middle School and High School – Part 3: What STUDENTS Can Do

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DATE: September 26, 2019

Tips For Ensuring A Seamless Music Education Experience, Curated from the Music Achievement Council and the NAMM Foundation – Students continue to participate in our music education programs because they cannot imagine school without the meaningful engagement that our courses provide. Yet, for one reason or another, not all of our students continue their participation throughout their high school years. […]

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TITLE: Bridging The Gap between Middle School and High School – Part 4: What MUSIC SUPERVISORS Can Do

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DATE: September 26, 2019

Tips For Ensuring A Seamless Music Education Experience, Curated from the Music Achievement Council and the NAMM Foundation – Students continue to participate in our music education programs because they cannot imagine school without the meaningful engagement that our courses provide. Yet, for one reason or another, not all of our students continue their participation throughout their high school years. […]

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TITLE: Bridging The Gap between Middle School and High School – Part 5: What PRINCIPALS Can Do

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DATE: September 26, 2019

Tips For Ensuring A Seamless Music Education Experience, Curated from the Music Achievement Council and the NAMM Foundation – Students continue to participate in our music education programs because they cannot imagine school without the meaningful engagement that our courses provide. Yet, for one reason or another, not all of our students continue their participation throughout their high school years. […]

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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 […]

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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: Directory of Marching Band Contests in the Greater St Louis Area – Nottelmann Music

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DATE: September 3, 2019

Nottelmann Music is always happy support music in our area schools, so here’s a calendar of Greater St. Louis Area high school marching band competitions.  Click on the link for more info on each event.  Also, find a link to a printable copy at the bottom of this posting. 9-7   Metro East Marching Classic – O’Fallon Township High School, O’Fallon, […]

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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: Digital Resources for your Bassoon Player

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DATE: August 24, 2019

Curated from NAfME – by Elizabeth Rusch Fetters – We are certainly living in the digital age. Never have there been so many resources for esoteric interests or uncommon musical instruments. For a bassoon student with or without a local bassoon teacher there are many resources available on the internet. Here are some suggestions to point your bassoon student, or […]

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TITLE: How to Keep Instruments OUT of the Shop and IN Your Students’ Hands – THE CLARINET

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DATE: August 23, 2019

Tips from the Repair Shop is a series of EXCLUSIVE presentations from Nottelmann Music.   Here’s an easy way to teach your students to set up and care for their instruments properly.  These short videos are packed with key information you’ll want them to know. Cover them in class or share the links online with your students.  If your students follow […]

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TITLE: How to Keep Instruments OUT of the Shop and IN Your Students’ Hands – THE BASS CLARINET

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DATE: August 23, 2019

Tips from the Repair Shop – EXCLUSIVE presentations from Nottelmann Music. Here’s an easy way to teach your students to set up and care for their bass clarinets properly.  This short video is packed with key information you’ll want them to know. Cover it in class or share the links online with your students.  If your students follow these tips, […]

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TITLE: How to Keep Instruments OUT of the Shop and IN Your Students’ Hands – THE SAXOPHONE

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DATE: August 23, 2019

Tips from the Repair Shop – EXCLUSIVE presentations from Nottelmann Music. Here’s an easy way to teach your students to set up and care for their alto, tenor, or baritone sax properly.  This short video is packed with key information you’ll want them to know. Cover it in class or share the links online with your students.  If your students […]

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TITLE: How to Keep Instruments OUT of the Shop and IN Your Students’ Hands – BRASS INSTRUMENTS

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DATE: August 23, 2019

Tips from the Repair Shop – EXCLUSIVE presentations from Nottelmann Music. Here’s an easy way to teach your students to set up and care for their instruments properly.  These short videos are packed with key information you’ll want them to know. Cover them in class or share the links online with your students.  If your students follow these tips, you […]

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TITLE: How to Keep Instruments OUT of the Shop and IN Your Students’ Hands – THE FLUTE

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DATE: August 23, 2019

Shared from Conn-Selmer – Here’s an easy way to teach your students to for their flutes properly.  This short video is packed with key information you’ll want them to know. Cover it in class or share the links online with your students.

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TITLE: Classroom and Rehearsal Tips for Choral and Instrumental Programs

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DATE: August 20, 2019

Curated from Smartmusic’s Music Educator Blog – by our good friend, St. Louis’ own Laura Vaughan – Having enjoyed more than thirty years in choral classrooms, I’ve had lots of experience with what works, and what doesn’t. Here are a few rehearsal tips that I’ve collected over the years that have worked for me. The first group are specific to […]

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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: Introducing the Canadian Brass Flex System

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DATE: August 9, 2019

Curated from Smartmusic’s Music Educator Blog – Want to improve student performances in your large ensembles? Get them playing in chamber groups, too. Not only does performing chamber music offer a wonderful way to develop listening and cooperation skills, it also makes it impossible for that gifted but lazy student to “follow” the other members of their section. Suddenly, if […]

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TITLE: Audio Solutions Question of the Week: How Do I Mike a Marching Band?

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DATE: August 6, 2019

From Where It’s A-T, by Audio-Technica  Question: How do I mike a marching band? Answer: It’s that time of year again when high school band directors really start kicking it into gear, getting everything ready for the upcoming marching band season. They should have already selected the music they will be playing and started choreographing the show. The site for […]

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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: 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: 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: The Five Laws of Servitude Student Leadership

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DATE: June 28, 2019

Dr. Tim Lautzenhauser – Conn Selmer Division of Education – In the world of developing leadership in music programs, it doesn’t get any better than the tips from Conn-Selmer’s VP of Education, Tim Lautzenheiser.  View this video as Dr. Tim discusses the Five Laws of Servitude Leadership. Tim Lautzenheiser is a widely-recognized voice advocating the importance of music education for every […]

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

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DATE: June 26, 2019

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: T.R.I.A.D. – Using a Simple Acronym to Help Structure your Rehearsals

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DATE: May 14, 2019

Curated from SmartMusic’s Music Educator Blog – by Troy Bennefield – For inexperienced teachers (and often more experienced ones, too), choosing which elements to fix in a rehearsal can be difficult. Although multiple elements are required for a fine performance, I’ve found the T.R.I.A.D. acronym to be helpful in prioritizing them. Today I’ll share these pedagogical strategies,  that I believe […]

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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: What about the Electric Bass? Interview with Professional Bassist James Amelio Pulli

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DATE: February 20, 2019

Curated from NAfME – By Thomas Amoriello Jr. – NAfME Council for Guitar Education Chair –  Lurking in the shadows of the six-string guitar, the electric bass is a slimmer, more versatile instrument than the traditional upright bass in the areas of recording, effects processing, instrument care, economical cost, and travel options. The four-string instrument is tuned an octave lower than […]

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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: 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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TITLE: SUPERCHARGE YOUR PRACTICE SESSIONS WITH MODACITY

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DATE: December 12, 2018

Curated from Midnight Music – midnightmusic.com.au – by Katie Wardrobe –  Band and orchestra directors, looking for innovative ways to improve student home practice?  Our good friend Katie Wardrobe has a great suggestion here! MTT71: Supercharge Your Practice Sessions with Modacity Marc Gelfo is the Co-Founder & CEO of Modacity – an app that aims to help musicians use their […]

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TITLE: Organizing the Chaos: Managing the Middle School Choir

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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: “Tone-Deaf” is an Excuse….not a Diagnosis

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DATE: November 29, 2018

Curated from ChoralClarity.com – by Adam Paltrowitz – “Tone-Deaf” is an Excuse….not a Diagnosis…..and I blame the person who makes the diagnosis. Anyone can learn to sing. If a person can speak, they should be able to learn to sing. All speech is pitched and most people speak using a range of pitches; the concept of varied pitches in speech is […]

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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: International Drum Rudiments

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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: TEACH ALL DAY? TIPS TO MAINTAIN VOCAL HEALTH

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DATE: November 9, 2018

Curated from ChoralNet.org – Lynn Swanson –  Teach all morning, no voice left by afternoon.  Sound familiar?  Here are some common sense tips so your voice can go the distance!  TIPS FOR TEACHERS Teachers are at special risk for developing hoarseness simply be cause the job requires heavy voice use five plus days a week, with little time in between […]

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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: Strengthening Vocal Technique Through Vocal Pedagogy

SOURCE: Curated

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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

SOURCE: Curated

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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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