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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: Schedule of 2021 events leading into Indianapolis by Drum Corps International

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DATE: July 16, 2021

Starting July 24, Drum Corps International’s “Celebration Tour” will lead participating corps from their respective home cities to summer’s culminating events in Indianapolis. The tour’s 32 events span 14 different states, with regionalized locations strategically placed to provide a safe path to Indianapolis. Event location and venue information is still very tentative, due to the time it takes to receive […]

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TITLE: 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: Our Featured Webinar – Making Jazz Easier for Your Students (and Yourself) – with Rob Babel

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DATE: July 6, 2021

Whether your jazz ensemble meets daily or once or twice a week – whether you have years of experience or you’re new to teaching jazz – you’ll find lots of tips and ideas in this webinar on jazz ensemble best practices. This discussion includes items from Rob Babel’s recent clinics at a Missouri Music Educators Annual Conference and the 2018 Midwest Band and Orchestra […]

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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. 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 of charge.  Simply view and enjoy […]

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TITLE: OUR FEATURED NOTTELMANN BLOG POST – Awesome Marine Band Resources for Band Directors

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DATE: November 3, 2020

Curated from Band Directors Talk Shop –  The U.S. Marine Band has a TON of resources that can help music educators any time – but especially during distance or blended learning. And they are FREE! Need a last minute lesson plan (or sub lesson plan)? Find a video entitled “Why I Love Playing Music” HERE. Find a lesson plan to go […]

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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

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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

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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: A Tribute to Maynard Ferguson, with Videos

SOURCE: Ray Benton

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DATE: May 6, 2021

By Ray Benton, Technology and Media Specialist, Nottelmann Music –  Why Maynard Ferguson? With all of the great jazz artists in history, what’s so special about the late Maynard Ferguson?  Critics say his showmanship was over that top.  “He’s a one-trick-pony.  He plays screaming high notes and nothing else.”  Well, this observer is proposing that Maynard Ferguson made a unique contribution […]

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TITLE: NEW: Adding Parts 7&8 to 1-6 – Post-Pandemic Planning Guide: Minimizing Risk, Community Involvement, and Recruiting

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DATE: May 3, 2021

This ESSENTIAL post includes all 8 parts of this series. Welcome to your Post-Pandemic Planning Guide to bring back music to your school. Your program may have taken a toll this past year and rebuilding it will be challenging, but you are not alone. We are here to walk beside you and help you every step of the way to […]

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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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TITLE: Oral Cavity Shape For Single Reeds

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DATE: March 17, 2021

Check out this quick discussion about a sometimes overlooked consideration with quality sound reproduction with reed instruments.  Curated from the D’Addario Education Collective.

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TITLE: Teaching Bucket Drumming: 5 Survival Tips

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DATE: March 16, 2021

Curated from the Alfred Blog – By David Birrow  As a trained percussionist, this gig teaching bucket drumming should have been going way better… Sure, it was my first teaching job and it was at a summer camp but currently several dozen 1st and 2nd graders were running around the room wielding drum sticks. Apparently all those hours in the […]

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TITLE: Tips for Building Community & Growing Relationships with Band Parents

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DATE: February 19, 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: POST SESSION – After Hours Session 2021- Show Me HOW TO GET the Money!

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DATE: January 25, 2021

This LIVE, interactive session was held on Friday, January 29, 6:00-6:50 PM CST, hosted by Nottelmann Music as an exhibitor for the Missouri Music Educators Association (Virtual) In-service workshop/conference and presented courtesy of Yamaha. Download Show Me (How to Get) the Money RESOURCES GUIDE APPLY FOR ONE HOUR OF PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT CREDIT Take this short VERIFICATION QUIZ.  Your successful submission of […]

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TITLE: 7 Tips For Building A Successful Music or Band Program

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DATE: January 6, 2021

Curated from WorldStrides –  Summer is a time for teachers to relax – and to reflect on the previous year. How successful was your year? We know music directors are always looking for ways to encourage their programs to thrive. With that in mind, we asked accomplished WorldStrides OnStage music directors with experiences ranging from starting from scratch to taking over an […]

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