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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 342 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: Nottelmann Music at MMEA 2022

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DATE: January 20, 2022

Please stop by and see us at Booth #D 19-21.  While you’re there, register to win…                     CLICK TO SEE A SHORT VIDEO OF EACH OF OUR PRIZES!  Check out our     Watch Our Preview    

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TITLE: Our Featured Post – Four Band Director’s Top Festival Picks

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DATE: January 12, 2022

It’s a time-honored tradition – music educators chatting about their favorite festival pieces, those that worked well for their program and were enjoyed by their students.  Here’s installment #1 in our series of Top Festival Picks.  In this posting, we feature picks by St. Louis Area’s Ron Sikes, Joe Pappas, Sister Gail Buckman, and Larry Johnson, complete with reference recordings.  […]

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TITLE: Brand New NPD Webinar – Incorporating Latin Percussion into Your Jazz Program – with Matthew Henry

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DATE: January 6, 2022

About this Webinar – This valuable webinar provides a missing piece for many jazz programs.  Presenter/demonstrator Matthew Henry combines his skills as a musician, a music educator, and an authority on Latin music in this unique webinar.  Matthew breaks down the characteristics of the Mambo, Samba, Bossa Nova, and Cha Cha and explains in depth the possible instrument choices of […]

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TITLE: Our Featured Webinar – How to Train Your Students in SIGHT-READING

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DATE: January 5, 2022

About this Webinar – This webinar is an in-depth discussion on training your students in sight-reading, including: The benefits of training students in sight-reading How to train students in the class room How to train students outside of the classroom Effective materials How to prepare your ensemble for sight-reading at an adjudicated festival Important teaching tips Our Presenters – Kurt […]

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TITLE: Top Ten 2021 Posts at The Nottelmann Blog

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DATE: December 2, 2021

In 2021, there were over 100 quality articles, videos, and podcasts published at The Nottelmann Blog.  With SO many quality and diverse posts to choose from, here are our picks based on quality, topic, and popularity.  We highly recommend that you view and share each one. #1 – Top 10 Qualities of an Effective Band or Orchestra Conductor – Curated […]

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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: Case Study: Peers Support Peers at a United Sound Chapter in Missouri

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DATE: January 13, 2022

Curated from The YAMAHA Educator Suite – by Frank DiMaria – With Paul Holzen, Education Representative for Nottelmann Music – Socialization is typically a by­product of a music program. However, in one music class at Parkway Central Middle School in Chesterfield, Missouri, socialization is the goal.   Paul Holzen Parkway Central hosts a chapter of United Sound, a national not-for-profit program that provides […]

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TITLE: Make Band a “Home” for Everyone

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DATE: January 12, 2022

Curated from The YAMAHA Educator Suite – by Jarrett Lipman – How can you make band a place that everyone enjoys? From student musicians who want to be the very best in the all-state contest, to those who are more casual and never practice outside of class, to athletes who want to participate in band, to students who want to […]

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TITLE: 5 Time Burglars to Avoid

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DATE: December 22, 2021

Curated from the YAMAHA Educator Suite -by Don Stinson – Time is a precious commodity. As music teachers, we not only have to protect classroom time, but we have to carve out a few minutes (or hours!) here and there to take care of our must-do, non-negotiable tasks. In order to be as productive as possible, you must be mindful […]

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TITLE: 7 Self-Care Tips for Music Educators

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DATE: December 21, 2021

Curated from the YAMAHA Educator Suite – by Curtis Dean – Teaching music is a creative job that relies heavily on human interaction and personal connections with your students. While this profession is immensely rewarding, it is also very challenging, and if you don’t take care of yourself, you run the risk of burnout. In this article, we look at […]

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TITLE: 5 Minor Assets to Running a Successful Music Program

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DATE: December 20, 2021

Curated from the YAMAHA Educator Suite – by Steve Graves – Companion piece to 5 Major Assets to Running a Successful Music Program –  In the article, “5 Major Assets of Teaching Instrumental Music,” I discuss the five major non-negotiable assets of band — students, instruments, facilities, literature and time. Here, I will go over five minor assets to teaching […]

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TITLE: 5 Major Assets of Teaching Instrumental Music

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DATE: December 17, 2021

Curated from the Yamaha Educator Suite – by Steve Graves – When we jump into the school year, we’re often forced to just start planning curriculum and deal with the course of events that gets in the way. We don’t have time to take a good look at what we need or already have to work with. But it’s essential […]

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TITLE: If We Want to Maximize Learning, is It Better to Focus on Our Failures or Our Successes?

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DATE: November 15, 2021

Curated from the Bulletproof Musician – by Noa Kageyama, Ph.D. Is it better to focus on our failures or our successes?   Whether it’s an audition, a math final, or your herculean efforts to prepare a non-dried-out Thanksgiving turkey for once, it’s never fun to fail, make mistakes, or fall short of your goals. Which probably explains why there are so many […]

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TITLE: 5 Tools to Get Your Motivation Mojo Back

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DATE: November 10, 2021

Curated from the Yamaha Educator Suite – by Kathryn Drury Wagner – Music educators, here are 5 tools to get your motivation mojo back. Experts tell us there are strategies to get your motor running again, to feel more energized, and yes, motivated.  Ah, if only motivation came in a bottle, and you could crack open the cap and chug […]

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TITLE: Thoughts from a legendary band director – Everything Band Podcast with Alfred Watkins

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DATE: November 9, 2021

What better way to improve than to dive into the thoughts of a legendary band director.  Alfred Watkins was the longtime band director at Lassiter High School in Georgia and one of the finest band directors of his generation. He joins the show to talk about his career and share the wisdom from his 37 years as an instrumental music […]

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TITLE: SUPPORTING MUSIC EDUCATION: AUDIENCE GUIDELINES

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DATE: November 8, 2021

Curated from The NAMM Foundation – Becoming a discerning, supportive and knowledgeable audience member is an important part of a student’s education. Successful audience participation requires skill, discretion, common sense, discipline and a bit of knowledge. Download pdf Becoming a discerning, supportive and knowledgeable audience member is an important part of a student’s education. Successful audience participation requires skill, discretion, […]

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TITLE: Our Featured Post – Top 10 Qualities of an Effective Band or Orchestra Conductor

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DATE: November 2, 2021

Curated from SBO Magazine – by Harvey Rachlin –  We all have had teachers we remember because they had an impact on us in some wonderful way in school. Perhaps it was a music teacher or conductor who nourished our love of music and was partly responsible for our pursuing a career in music. What teacher today (or at any time) […]

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TITLE: Two Great Jazz Educators – Two Great Jazz Education Webinars!

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DATE: October 28, 2021

Band directors – time to focus on your jazz program?  Whether your ensemble meets every day or once a week, whether it’s established or a new program, you’ll find valuable tips and advice here. Click the preview video above to learn more about two GREAT NPD Webinars in Jazz Education with two GREAT Jazz Educators: Mike Parkinson on Beyond the Blues […]

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TITLE: Fix It: Snare Drum Rolls Teaching Tips

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DATE: October 21, 2021

Curated from The Yamaha Educator Suite – by Dr. Paul Buyer – Close your eyes for a moment and imagine a time when you were conducting on the podium and cued a much anticipated, exposed and important snare drum roll. What did it sound like? Perhaps it was smooth, expressive and confident — maybe the result of assigning your best snare drummer […]

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TITLE: Fix It: Trombone Teaching Tips

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DATE: October 21, 2021

Curated from The Yamaha Educator Suite – by Domingo Pagliuca – What makes the trombone special? The sound of the trombone is one of the most profound and glorious of the brass family. As composer Hector Berlioz said, “The trombone is the true head of the family of wind instruments … it has all the serious and powerful tones of […]

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TITLE: Fix It: Timpani Teaching Tips

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DATE: October 21, 2021

Curated from the Yamaha Educator Suite – by David Collier – As you prepare for the next musical journey with your students, here are some ideas to help your young timpanists. Timpani students need guidance as they are soloists who have a tremendous impact on both the pulse and intonation of your ensemble. Timpanists are both the “drum set player” […]

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TITLE: The Value of Warming Up In Both Music and Life

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DATE: October 21, 2021

Curated from The Alfred Blog – by Scott Watson – Every single moment with our students is precious! Whether it’s a lesson, sectional, ensemble rehearsal, there’s always so much to accomplish and no time to waste. Nonetheless, it’s worth taking the time to establish the habit of warming up at the start of all our meetings with students. Primarily, warming […]

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TITLE: Tips to Be a More Effective Private Music Instructor

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DATE: October 21, 2021

Curated from The Yamaha Educator Suite -by Aleah Fitzwater –  How to Recruit Students While recruiting band students can be challenging, finding piano and guitar students is even more difficult. Local band programs offer a direct line to their marching band and sectional students. Recruiting for instruments like piano or guitar is clearly trickier. But I recommend getting in touch with […]

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TITLE: Our Twin Featured Posts – EDITOR’S CHOICE – Top Ten Concert Band Pieces You May Have Missed

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DATE: October 6, 2021

Looking for quality Grade 2 or Grade 3 concert band pieces? Don’t overlook these “Top 10” quality pieces selected by Ray Benton, our Technology and Media Specialist, with 32 years of teaching experience.  We’ve combined these two posts into one.  All of the entrees feature demonstration recordings. . .

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TITLE: Case Study: Shifting a Program’s Culture

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DATE: October 4, 2021

Curated from the Yamaha Educator Suite – by Christine Ngeo Katzman –  “Band is family” rings true for many marching arts participants across the country. But making the cultural paradigm a reality rather than an empty platitude could take years of strategizing. When Jenn Bock joined the Highland High School band program in Gilbert, Arizona, as an assistant band director in 2017, she observed […]

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