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Launched in October 2018, we now are up to 100 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: 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: Specific Information for the Parent of a Beginning Music Student

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DATE: April 10, 2019

Curated from AMP, the Association for Music Parents –  Music Educators – here’s important infomation to pass on to your music parents. Marc Whitlock, band director for Discovery Middle School and formerly a band director with the award winning Plymouth Canton Educational Park, MI and Marian Catholic H.S., gives parents detailed guidelines for home practice to help their child succeed. Featured Article “I Made It” Lesson […]

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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: Summer Band Camp is Important – The Bill Nottelmann Memorial Scholarship Program Can Help

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DATE: March 26, 2019

Summer band camp is a great way for students to improve their playing and create lifetime memories.  In honor of our founder Mr. Bill Nottelmann, we will again present scholarships to two deserving young musicians.  Those winning recipients will receive 100% of the tuition costs for one approved, St. Louis area band camp.  Only students currently enrolled in their school band […]

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TITLE: Professional Development from The International Music Education Summit

SOURCE: Ray Benton

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DATE: March 25, 2019

Have you heard about IMES 2019, The International Music Education Summit?  Get professional development credit from webinars on topics vital to you, hosted by international experts, all presented: LIVE online – June 13-14 Also recorded, available on demand Nottelmann Music is honored to be selected to present two of this year’s sessions: Tips from the Repair Shop: How to Keep […]

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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: Recruitment and Retention – In Case You Missed It…

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DATE: February 14, 2019

Joe Pappas, Interviewed by Ray Benton – Nottelmann Music – Our Podcast-PLUS series contains OPTIONAL video content. This Music Education two-part podcast focuses on valuable tips and ideas on how to build student numbers in a band or orchestra program. Joe Pappas is a very successful band director, adjudicator, music education consultant, composer and publisher from the St. Louis Metro area.  […]

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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: Preparing The Music Department Budget; Being Creative

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DATE: December 18, 2018

Presented by Joe Pappas, Nottelmann Music Clinician –  One of the most difficult aspects of being a music director at any level is anticipating the needs, growth and budget of the school music program.  Many times we are faced with needs that exceed the annual budget and are forced to find other means to support our programs.  By using the […]

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TITLE: In Case You Missed It – Recording Your Ensemble, with Joshua Rhine – Festus R-6 Intermediate

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DATE: November 26, 2018

Watch Joshua Rhine in action as he uses his Presonus Audiobox 96 USB with his Shure KSM 137 stereo mic pair from Nottelmann Music to teach critical listening skills to his young singers. Nottelmann Music, in St. Louis, designs recording/playback systems for music teachers. Quality PreSonus components including the Audiobox USB 96 or the AR USB Hybrid mixers. Speakers, mics, […]

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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: Exclusive Technology Interview – Katie Wardrobe with Midnight Music

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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: CONTENT CREATION AUDIO GEAR: HEADPHONES, MICROPHONES, & WIRELESS SYSTEMS

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DATE: August 29, 2018

Audio-Technica – A-T Blog Editor – One of the leading audio technology manufacturers in the world has rounded up some of the best microphones, headphones, and wireless microphone systems for you to consider for your program.  Their products are a preferred brand for podcasters, social media and YouTube personalities, journalists and interviewers, live-streamers, voice over artists, and musicians.   These are […]

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