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

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DATE: September 5, 2021

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 listed at Midwest Marching.  Click on the link for more info on each event.  Also, find a link to a printable copy at the bottom of this posting. 9-11 Metro East Marching Classic – O’Fallon […]

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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: Our Featured NPD Webinar – What I Wish I Had Known Before Becoming a Music Teacher

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DATE: August 9, 2021

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 this […]

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TITLE: Our Featured Post – MBA Podium Masters – Produced for MBA by Nottelmann Music

SOURCE: Ray Benton

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DATE: July 16, 2021

Ann Goodwin Clark, Co-Historian for Missouri Bandmasters, had the vision to record interviews with Missouri master teachers in music education.  Ann reached out to me and asked for my assistance in producing and posting these timeless videos.  Below is the current library, with more additions planned for the future.  I believe EVERY music educator will benefit from the wisdom brought […]

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TITLE: Tips for Teaching Embouchure in Beginning Band

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DATE: September 23, 2020

Curated from Band Directors Talk Shop – “Spend time now to save time later” is a great quote, especially when it comes to teaching embouchure to beginning band students.  Preventing bad habits early is key to a successful start on any instrument. Following is a list of 6 practical tips for teaching embouchure efficiently and effectively from day one. 1.) […]

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TITLE: Clarinet 101: Getting Beginning Clarinetists Started the Right Way

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DATE: September 22, 2020

Curated from Band Directors Talk Shop – by Dr. Christine Damm – Get your beginning clarinet players in tip-top shape and have fun doing it!  Beginning clarinet instruction doesn’t need to be frustrating.  Great clarinet tone and technique are the result of good habits. Start these good habits early on with a focus on the foundations of clarinet playing:  embouchure, […]

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TITLE: FREE! Online Video Series for Your Woodwinds and Brass!

SOURCE: Ray Benton

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DATE: September 2, 2020

Calling all band directors! For those of you starting the year online and wondering how to help your beginning band students get started or how to get your older students to brush up on their fundamentals, we have resources for you. We have created a series of beginning instrumentalist videos for clarinet, euphonium, flute, horn, saxophone, trombone, trumpet, and tuba. […]

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TITLE: The Ultimate Beginning Band Instrument Demo

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DATE: September 1, 2020

How important is it that prospective beginning band students have a clear concept of the available band instruments and what they sound like?  How do you get that across to students?  Here’s a source that you can use now and save for use in the future. Beautiful, outstanding performances from members of the US Army Field Band. The band instruments […]

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TITLE: Band Practice at Home: How to Involve Parents for Student Success

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DATE: September 1, 2020

Curated from Band Directors Talk Shop – With proper parent education, involvement and communication, we can partner with our band parents to help our students continue learning and improving while they are away from our band rooms.  Following are some easy steps you can implement now to educate your parents on the importance of home practice and how they can […]

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

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DATE: September 1, 2020

Tips from the Repair Shop is a series of EXCLUSIVE presentations from Nottelmann Music.  Click to show these valuable, easy to follow videos Share in class Share the links for students to view at home The Clarinet The Bass Clarinet The Saxophone Brass – The Trumpet, French Horn, Trombone, Euphonium, and Tuba Flute – Shared from Conn-Selmer    

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TITLE: Starting The Middle School Year Off Right

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DATE: July 22, 2020

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: Six Important Parent Tips for the Young Musician – by Ray Benton

SOURCE: Ray Benton

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DATE: December 16, 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: 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: 3 Things I Learned From My Most Gifted Students

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DATE: August 24, 2021

Curated from SmartMusic’s The Music Educator Blog – by Dave Isaacs –  Every teacher knows how much we learn from our students. The act of teaching itself makes you view the music differently as you learn to communicate it more directly. Different students’ experiences teach us problem-solving on both a technical and interpersonal level. Teaching very gifted students is a […]

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TITLE: Resources for Student Recruitment and Retention

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DATE: August 19, 2021

Curated from the YAMAHA Educator Suite – by Marcia Neel –  One of the hallmarks of successful music educators is their desire to continually seek out ways to “build a better mousetrap.” For example, they look for new rehearsal and conducting techniques, innovative ideas to reach others through advocacy and more effective strategies to enhance recruitment and retention for their […]

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TITLE: Funding Resource Roundup for Your Music Program

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DATE: August 19, 2021

Curated from the YAMAHA Educator Suite – by Heather Mansell –  Educators, looking for additional funding for your program?  Start here! School during the pandemic has taken many paths that no one could have foreseen. The last year has been a learn-as-you-go experiment as teachers and students embraced online and remote learning. As administrators grapple with how and when to resume […]

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TITLE: Case Study: From a $67 Budget to Success — A Four-Year Journey

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DATE: August 19, 2021

Curated from the YAMAHA Educator Suite – by Jennifer Antonetti – After two years of teaching elementary general music, I was ready for a change, so I applied to a music education master’s program and for more band jobs. Luckily, I was hired to teach band at Meadows Elementary and Robinson Middle School in my current district, the Topeka Public Schools. Eager to start my new position, […]

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TITLE: Switching to Horn for the Intermediate Player

SOURCE: Curated

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DATE: August 14, 2021

Curated from BandWorld – by Ashton Bowles –  Click on the photo or link below to download a horn book for your intermediate players switching over to the horn.  In addition to the horn book, students and teachers can access helpful videos via QR codes. This model project was created by 3rd year American Band College candidate, Ashton Bowles. Full […]

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TITLE: Managing Student Behaviors

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DATE: July 28, 2021

Curated from Smartmusic’s The Music Educator Blog – by Elisa Janson Jones – Today we’re pulling another pre-pandemic recording out from the archives for you to enjoy. With in-person classes imminent, I want to share with you this discussion I had with my dear friend, Lori Schwartz Reichl. You can find Lori’s outstanding resources on managing your music program on […]

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TITLE: Fix It: Clarinet Teaching Tips

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DATE: July 20, 2021

Curated from The Yamaha Educator Suite – by Shawn Goodman-Royer –  The clarinet is the coolest and perhaps most versatile instrument in the band. It has an amazing 3.5-octave range, the greatest dynamic capabilities of any band instrument, and is used in many different genres of music from jazz to klezmer to classical. But perhaps the most impressive and noteworthy […]

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TITLE: Fix It: Bass Drum Teaching Tips

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DATE: July 20, 2021

Curated from the Yamaha Educator Suite – by James Campbell –  I recently reached out to a small group of my University of Kentucky alumni, who teach band and orchestra in public schools. I wanted advice from educators who are in the trenches every day, so I asked them: “What are common problems that beginner and intermediate student musicians encounter regarding […]

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TITLE: Blending Brass

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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: How a 3-Week Fine Arts Exploratory Course More than Doubled Band Enrollment

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DATE: July 6, 2021

Curated from the Yamaha Educator Suite – In less than three weeks, the Ralls County R-II School District in Center, Missouri, more than doubled its beginning band program. Before Director of Bands Douglas Schaffer, a 2021 Yamaha 40 Under 40 music educator,  joined the district in 2019, only 24% of 6th graders signed up for band at Ralls County Elementary. Though they were required to participate […]

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TITLE: Launching a High School Music Business Program

SOURCE: Curated

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DATE: June 14, 2021

We’re passing along this great opportunity from Yamaha, a how-to on starting your a music business program in your high school. Whether you’re looking to increase recruitment, retain (or re-engage) the students you have, or help your students connect with the modern music industry, introducing a music business program at the high school level sets your program up to succeed. […]

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TITLE: Advice for Parents on the Benefits of a Life in Music, by Juliana Gondek

SOURCE: Curated

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DATE: May 8, 2021

If you ask 100 people in music education or in the music profession for advice to parents of music students about choosing a life in music, you’ll probably get 100 different answers.  This short video contains excellent advice.

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TITLE: Being A Music Advocate, by Dr. Tim Lautzenhauser

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DATE: May 8, 2021

Many like to TALK about music advocacy, but here’s what the master, Dr. Tim, has to say – How to Communicate with Our Target Market As we have previously discussed, all too often we find ourselves “preaching to the choir” (literally!), trying to convince the “already converted” of the value of music in our schools. The audience enthusiastically agrees, everyone […]

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TITLE: Nottelmann Professional Development Webinars

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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: 10 Tips to Start a Middle School Drumline

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DATE: April 29, 2021

Curated from The Yamaha Blog – by Troy C. Wallwage –  Middle school band is often where students begin their musical journey. It is a time when the three basic elements of music — rhythm, melody and harmony — begin to take shape and make sense to students. Many middle schools, or junior high schools, have a beginning and advanced […]

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TITLE: Embouchure Formation Strategies for Classical and Jazz Saxophonists

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DATE: April 27, 2021

Curated from Bandworld – By Dr. Tracy Heavner –  Introduction Forming a correct embouchure is one of the most important aspects of playing the saxophone. Without a correct embouchure, a saxophonist’s tone, intonation, response, musical expressiveness and performance enjoyment will be severely hindered. In addition, it is extremely important to establish a correct embouchure in the very beginning stages of development […]

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TITLE: How To Find Legal Music For Video Projects

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DATE: April 26, 2021

Our friend Katie Wardrobe helps solve the problem here of finding copyright-friendly music for projects.  Curated from Midnight Music. If you are creating videos which include music and intending to share them online, you will need to find audio tracks that you are legally permitted to use. There are lots of great copyright-free, royalty-free and Creative Commons licensed tracks available […]

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TITLE: Organizing a School District’s Music Program and the Care and Feeding of the Young Percussionist

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DATE: April 5, 2021

The Bandmaster’s Podcast, Episode 37: Bill Jastrow, Retired, Indian Prairie School District 204, IL.  Bill Jastrow discusses comprehensive musicianship, organizing a school district’s music program, and the caring and “feeding” of the young percussionist. FULL BIO Spanning 41 years, William Jastrow’s teaching experience ranges from a community high school with an enrollment of 450 students, to Neuqua Valley H.S. with an […]

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TITLE: Bring Administrators Plans, Not Problems

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DATE: April 1, 2021

Curated from the Yamaha Educator Suite, by Dr. Dave Gerhart –  Over the past two months, it feels like I have watched more webinars than I have in the last two years. I am sure that is the case for many of you. There have been many educational and informative webinars that are sharing advocacy resources. These resources are so […]

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TITLE: 5 Keys to a Successful Career in Music

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DATE: April 1, 2021

Curated from the Alfred Blog – By Danae Witter – As a young, naïve college student in the early 2000s, I was confident with my decision to pursue a career in music. If I didn’t turn out to be the next world-renowned soloist, I would audition and join the violin section of a major U.S. orchestra or pursue my doctorate […]

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