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Launched in October 2018, we now are up to 105 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: Music Ed Mentor Podcast #047: Benefiting from Critique

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DATE: May 23, 2019

Curated from SmartMusic’s Music Educators Blog – by Elisa Janson Jones – Do you know the feeling of having royally messed up and been called out on it? Join us for insights on how to recover from situations like this – and for ways to avoid feeling that way from the start. This week my guest is David Beil, expert […]

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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: 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: Bridging the Gap Between Music Teachers and Administrators

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DATE: May 9, 2019

Curated from NAfME and QuaverMusic – by Sarah Morong – IS there a gap between you and your administrator?  This helpful article is full of valuable perspectives and ideas on how to bridge that gap. The key to a successful music program is not just the teacher, or even the curriculum, but the professional relationship between the music teacher and school […]

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TITLE: Guitar (and Ukulele) Class in The Last Frontier State

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DATE: May 2, 2019

Curated from NAfME Council for Guitar Education – By Thomas Amoriello Jr. –  For our music educators looking to enhance or incorporate a guitar or ukulele class in their schools.  Kiel Schweizer is currently teaching the East High School Guitar Program for the Anchorage School District and recently created and implemented a new high school ukulele curriculum. His high school […]

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TITLE: The Effect of Music On Your Brain – Three Short Videos

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DATE: April 30, 2019

Curated from YouTube – We hear often about the wonderful effects on the human brain from listening to music and performing music.  Here are three short but very interesting videos documenting these effects.  Share these with your students and colleagues.

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TITLE: How Exaggerating Technical Errors Could Improve Your Technique

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DATE: April 25, 2019

Curated from The Bulletproof Musician by Noa Kageyama, PH.D –  Here’s an interesting idea, a bit of a twist on how your students can clean up errors in their performance. I recently had an interesting conversation with a trumpet player, who described an unusual strategy that he used to help students overcome technical roadblocks in their playing. Specifically, in situations where […]

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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: 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: 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: Everything Band: Episode 89 – Brian Silvey

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DATE: February 22, 2019

Curated from Everything Band with Mark J. Connor – Brian Silvey – The Director of Bands at the University of Missouri, Brian Silvey joins the show to talk about his background, music teacher education, and the importance of conducting gestures.  

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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: From the Everything Band Podcast: Episode 87 – Gail Buckman

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DATE: December 4, 2018

Curated from Mark J. Connor’s The Everything Band Blog –  Here’s a great national podcast posting of an interview with St. Louis’s own Sister Gail Buckman, who as this was recorded, is in her 50th year of teaching. Sister Gail Buckman has been teaching in the St. Louis are since 1968, and I recently had a chance to visit Sister […]

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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: Add a New Music Tech Lab or Single Workstation to Your Music Program!

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DATE: November 15, 2018

Looking for a curriculum alternative to music appreciation, or a great supplement to your current music curriculum?  This single blog post has everything you need to begin a music technology class in your school, how to put together a complete music tech lab OR a single music workstation for a practice room or your music room. Watch the Short Video Overview […]

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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: How Being a Marching Band Director is Like Being a CEO

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DATE: September 27, 2018

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: Student Leadership Training Doesn’t End At Camp

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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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TITLE: Recording Your Students – Helps, Tips, and Best Practices

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DATE: June 12, 2019

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