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Launched in October 2018, we now are up to 135 postings and GROWING The Nottelmann Blog is 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, discover articles, interviews, podcasts, informational videos, and more, searchable by category, title, topic, and contributor. Visit here often for brand new content!  NOTE: the page order of our posts is NOT dependent on the most recent date, but is rotated often depending on the school-related season.

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TITLE: Top 5 Articles on Music Students Applying for College

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DATE: August 19, 2019

What do you say when a students tell you they want major in music in college?  Share this posting with students!  Another music education service from Nottelmann Music! How Many Colleges Should Music Students Apply To? – Eastman School of Music What to Consider Before Applying to Music College – thebalancecareers.com The Ultimate Admissions Guide: 75 Steps For Getting Into […]

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TITLE: Looking Back at Woodstock Day 4 – August 18, 1969

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DATE: August 18, 2019

Portions curated from Woodstock.com – by Ray Benton – Also see DAY 1, August 15, 1969; DAY 2, August 17, 1969;  Day 3, August 17, 1969 Woodstock Day 4?  What happened to “3 Days of Peace and Music?  RAIN!  Other delays!  Performance starts were pushed back into the “wee hours” and into Monday morning, August 18, 1969. The Story Whether […]

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TITLE: Looking Back at Woodstock Day 3 – August 17, 1969

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DATE: August 17, 2019

Portions curated from Woodstock.com – by Ray Benton – Also see DAY 1, August 15, 1969; DAY 2, August 17, 1969; Day 4, August 18. 1969 Whether you agree with the message or not, whether you condone the life-style or not, this historic event and its music is said to have “defined a generation.” This third installment on our 4-day […]

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TITLE: Looking Back at Woodstock Day 2 – August 16, 1969

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DATE: August 16, 2019

Portions curated from Woodstock.com – by Ray Benton – Also see DAY 1, August 15, 1969; Day 3, August 17, 1969; Day 4, August 18. 1969 Whether you agree with the message or not, whether you condone the life-style or not, this historic event and its music is said to have “defined a generation.” This second installment on our 4-day […]

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TITLE: Looking Back at Woodstock Day 1 – August 15, 1969

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DATE: August 15, 2019

Portions curated from Woodstock.com – by Ray Benton – Also see DAY 2, August 16, 1969; Day 3, August 17, 1969; Day 4, August 18. 1969 Whether you agree with the message or not, whether you condone the life-style or not, this historic event and its music is said to have “defined a generation.” This first installment on our 3-day […]

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

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DATE: August 14, 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. 9-14 Murphysboro Drums @ Appletime – Murphysboro, IL 9-21 Tiger Ambush […]

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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: Top 100 Music Education Blogs And Websites To Follow in 2019

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DATE: August 8, 2019

Browse through these popular blogs with an extremely wide-range of musical interests and applications.  Find the ones you like and subscribe! 1. Mrs. Miracle’s Music Room About Blog Music educator, blogger, writer, creator of digital resources, mom to two beautiful girls. Frequency about 4 posts per month. Since Dec 2012 Blog mrsmiraclesmusicroom.com Facebook fans 10,229. Twitter followers 1,806. View Latest […]

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TITLE: Writing a Letter to Your Future Self

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DATE: August 7, 2019

Curated from Musictech.net – by Amy M. Burns – Every year I visit FutureMe.org and write a letter to myself that will appear in my inbox in June of next year. This year, I sent it to myself and accidentally programmed it to be received in August, instead of June. Usually, when I receive the letter in June, I am […]

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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 Must-Haves for a Successful School Year

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DATE: August 1, 2019

Curated from NAfME – by Audrey Carballo –  It’s that time of year when teachers ask . . . Back to school? Already?!?! Although for most traditional school calendars educators get 8-10 weeks of summer, it never seems to be enough. If you’re like me, the week before we head back gets tainted as well. Every day I gently gripe […]

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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: Tips to Keep Marching Bands Healthy and Hydrated on the Field

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DATE: July 27, 2019

Curated from Band Director.com – by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) – With the beat of a drum, the blow of a whistle, and the blare of the brass section, marching bands across the country are practicing formations and new musical routines in anticipation of the start of school year. Recognizing the unique needs of these performers, the National […]

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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: Time Hacks for Teachers, Part 1: Reclaiming Your Time

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DATE: July 26, 2019

Curated from Smartmusic’s The Music Educator Blog – by Kari Adams –   There never seems to be enough hours in the day. To help, you might turn to time management experts for advice., Unfortunately, they never seem to grasp the life of a music educator. Instead, their tips are designed for people are able to create their own schedule, […]

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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: Starting The Middle School Year Off Right – Part 1

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DATE: July 22, 2019

Curated from The Beginning Band Director Podcast – Discussing topics relevant to aspiring and new band directors – Overwhelming?  Here’s help!  Join Brad and Misty Smith, as they chat about how to get your year off to a great start.   GO TO ORIGINAL POSTING

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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: Tim Lautzenheiser Speaks on the Power of Learning

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DATE: July 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: 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: Marching Band Speakers from Presonus

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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: 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: What Students Are Saying About Band – Excerpts From Our Scholarship Applications

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DATE: May 10, 2019

Have you gotten tired of always hearing bad news from our media?  Looking for something to give you hope that things are all not that bad?  Well, here it is!  Read these selected statements from St. Louis area band students!  In the application process of our The Bill Nottelmann Memorial Music Camp Scholarships, students are to submit a short essay […]

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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: 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: 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: Don’t Start Saxophones in Your Beginning Band – A Successful Alternative

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DATE: February 24, 2019

By Ray Benton, Nottelmann Music Co.  – Well, this one will certainly cause some controversy!  But band directors, I ask that you be open minded and hear me out.  In my eleven years at Rockwood South Middle School, we found tremendous success with a different approach to teaching saxophone.  Here are THE BENEFITS, THE PROCESS, and THE RESULTS. THE BENEFITS […]

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TITLE: Easily Add A Practice Room Workstation

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DATE: January 3, 2019

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

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

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DATE: December 22, 2018

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

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TITLE: 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: You Gotta Have H.e.a.r.t.

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DATE: October 27, 2018

Dr. Tim Lautzenhauser – Conn-Selmer Division of Education – The seed of this article came from a student who was asked to write a paper about her most influential teacher. She had to describe what separated this particularly educator from all those who had been a part of her school experiences. The last line of the paper succinctly and beautifully put […]

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TITLE: Motivation: It Appears After The Action

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DATE: August 22, 2018

Curated from the Conn-Selmer Division of Education – by Dr. Tim Lautzenhauser – “I just can’t seem to get motivated.”  “There is so much to do and yet I find myself just sitting around as more work piles up. There is nothing motivating me to get it done.”The successful teachers seem to be so motivated; how do they do it? I wish I could be […]

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