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You found The Nottelmann Blog, exclusively for music educators!  We currently feature 190 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: Nottelmann Blog Top 10 Posts of 2019

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DATE: December 28, 2019

2019 was our first full year for the Nottelmann Blog.  In that year, we added 140 posts to our current line-up of top articles, videos, and podcasts just for the music educator.  Here’s our TOP 10, in no particular order.  CLICK to check out any that you may have missed. #1 – How To Use the Yamaha Harmony Director In […]

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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 8, 2020

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: Literature Selection for Concert Band by Joe Pappas

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DATE: January 7, 2020

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

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DATE: January 7, 2020

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

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DATE: January 6, 2020

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: Make It Stick: Implement Rehearsal Routines

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DATE: January 3, 2020

Curated from MAfME – by Lori Schwartz Reichl – “The secret of your future is hidden in your daily routine.” ~ Mike Murdock The first fourteen years of my teaching career occurred during the time of my life when I was not a mother. However, during these childless years, I treated the students in my care as though they were my […]

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TITLE: Band Room Makeover Makes the Most of Space

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DATE: January 3, 2020

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: “Developing Musicians or Directing the Band?” 6 Survival Tactics for the Middle School Band Director 

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DATE: December 19, 2019

Curated from BandWorld – by Benjamin Davis – “Traps” in the Daily Life of a Middle School Band Director You may be familiar with the adage, “He couldn’t see the forest for the trees.” If we were to reverse the wording of that expression, we have an accurate description of what happens to many middle school band directors. Middle school […]

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TITLE: Ten Things that Every Band Director Should Know About Flutes – Part 1

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DATE: December 19, 2019

Curated from BandWorld, by Phyllis Louke – There are several simple things band directors can teach to flute sections that will quickly produce measurable improvement in tone quality, technique and intonation. These tips can be used with beginning flutists, as well as flute sections in middle school and high school. How many times have you lamented that your flute section […]

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TITLE: Ten Things that Every Band Director Should Know About Flutes – Part 2

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DATE: December 19, 2019

Curated from BandWorld, by Phyllis Louke – 6. TEACHING CORRECT FINGERINGS In my work with private students and band students over the years, there are several fingerings that are frequently fingered incorrectly. Most common is second octave D and Eb—the left first finger should be up. It helps to think of the left first finger as an octave key, according […]

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