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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 350 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: Make the Beginning of Rehearsal Engaging and Productive

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DATE: August 12, 2019

Curated from Smartmusic’s Music Educator’s Blog – by Wendy Higdon – I have taught band for more than twenty-five years. During that time I’ve changed many, many aspects of my teaching practice as I’ve learned and discovered new ideas. However, no element has evolved more than my approach to “warmups.”To begin, I have all but erased the words “warm up”…

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TITLE: How Do I Set Up My Audio-Technica USB Microphone with My PC?

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DATE: August 9, 2019

Microphone with My PC? 11.29.2018Audio-Technica 4 Comments Question: How do I set up my Audio-Technica USB microphone with my PC? Answer: The setup of an Audio-Technica USB microphone may seem like a daunting task, but fear not! There are only a few settings you need to configure before you begin recording and podcasting. Please refer to the photos and follow…

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TITLE: Introducing the Canadian Brass Flex System

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DATE: August 9, 2019

Curated from Smartmusic’s Music Educator Blog – Want to improve student performances in your large ensembles? Get them playing in chamber groups, too. Not only does performing chamber music offer a wonderful way to develop listening and cooperation skills, it also makes it impossible for that gifted but lazy student to “follow” the other members of their section. Suddenly, if…

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TITLE: Top 100 Music Education Blogs And Websites To Follow

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DATE: August 8, 2019

Browse through these popular blogs with an extremely wide-range of musical interests and applications.  Find the ones you like and subscribe! 1. Mrs. Miracle’s Music Room About Blog Music educator, blogger, writer, creator of digital resources, mom to two beautiful girls. Frequency about 4 posts per month. Since Dec 2012 Blog mrsmiraclesmusicroom.com Facebook fans 10,229. Twitter followers 1,806. View Latest…

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TITLE: Writing a Letter to Your Future Self

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DATE: August 7, 2019

Curated from Musictech.net – by Amy M. Burns – Every year I visit FutureMe.org and write a letter to myself that will appear in my inbox in June of next year. This year, I sent it to myself and accidentally programmed it to be received in August, instead of June. Usually, when I receive the letter in June, I am…

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TITLE: Music Ed Mentor Podcast #054: Mastering Classroom Management

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DATE: August 3, 2019

Curated from Smartmusic’s Music Educator Blog – by Elisa Janson Jones – The other day I had a mentoring session with a first-year teacher. I asked him how much training in classroom management he’d been provided. What rules and procedures was he planning to implement? What consequences had he come up with for when students break the rules? [pause for…

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TITLE: 7 Revealing Beginner Saxophonist Problems

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DATE: August 2, 2019

Curated from The Music Educator – by Bill Stevens – Learning a new instrument is not without its challenges. In this post “7 Revealing Beginner Saxophonist Problems” we will explore and identify challenges posed to new students. Whether or not you are teaching a 5th-grade student or a retiree who is looking to check something off their bucket list, all…

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TITLE: Why Music? Be Inspired! Don’t You Dare Miss This!

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DATE: August 1, 2019

A short, heart-warming, inspirational video.  An answer to “Why Music?”  Don’t miss this!  Shared at The Nottelmann Blog! Are you a Mr. Jensen?  Had your life affected by a Mr. Jensen?  Want to be a Mr. Jensen?  SHARE ON THIS POST!

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TITLE: Six Music Classroom Management Strategies

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DATE: July 31, 2019

Curated from Smartmusic’s The Music Educator Blog – by Rachel Maxwell and Jessica Shields – We can all agree that classroom management is an important key to teaching success.  These two teachers have found these six to be successful.We see 375 band students every day and have very few discipline issues or distractions during class. Below are six music classroom management…

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TITLE: Five Things to Do in Your First Five Years of Teaching – Advice for New Music Educators

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DATE: July 29, 2019

Curated from NAfME – by Audrey Carballo – Five years sounds like a very long time, but in the world of academia, think of it as a mile marker on the way toward your retirement. For most of us, teaching is a career, and we’re in it for the duration of our working lives. If you want to go the…

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TITLE: Tips to Keep Marching Bands Healthy and Hydrated on the Field

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DATE: July 27, 2019

Curated from Band Director.com – by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) – With the beat of a drum, the blow of a whistle, and the blare of the brass section, marching bands across the country are practicing formations and new musical routines in anticipation of the start of school year. Recognizing the unique needs of these performers, the National…

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TITLE: Where Have All The Clarinets Gone?

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DATE: July 27, 2019

Curated from Conn-Selmer’s CSI Connect – by John Casagrande –  Since the early 2000’s, there has been a noticeable decline in the number of clarinets in high and middle school bands. How this has occurred and the possible solutions to this problem is the focus of this essay. What has caused this dearth of clarinetists? There are several factors that,…

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TITLE: Time Hacks for Teachers, Part 1: Reclaiming Your Time

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DATE: July 26, 2019

Curated from Smartmusic’s The Music Educator Blog – by Kari Adams –   There never seems to be enough hours in the day. To help, you might turn to time management experts for advice., Unfortunately, they never seem to grasp the life of a music educator. Instead, their tips are designed for people are able to create their own schedule,…

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TITLE: It’s All About Time

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DATE: July 24, 2019

Curated from Conn-Selmer’s Education Division, CSI Connect –  Dr. Tim Lautzenhauser – Conn-Selmer Division of Education – From Dr. Tim, one of the leading clinicians for music educators, comes this article on time-management.  The one equalizing factor in this world is time. We all have twenty-four hours in the day; no more, no less. Successful educators are masters at managing time. They…

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TITLE: Advice on Teaching Middle School Band – Steve Graves

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DATE: July 19, 2019

Curated from Mark J. Connors’ Everything Band Podcast #84 –  Steve Graves has been a middle school band director in Orange County, California for over 30 years. In this episode he shares his advice about teaching middle school including some really great advice for young band teachers.​ Topics: Steve’s background and his 34 year career as a middle school band…

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TITLE: Beginning Jazz Improv Strategies

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DATE: July 17, 2019

Curated from SmartMusic’s Music Educator Blog – by Sara Marino –  Beginning improvisers need our support. We can give them a blues, mixolydian, or dorian scale, but a scale is not a strategy. Providing students with explicit, straightforward strategies not only helps them develop their skills, but also builds their confidence in their abilities to improvise. This belief that they…

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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: Tim Lautzenheiser Speaks About Motivation

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DATE: July 17, 2019

Dr. Tim Lautzenhauser –  Conn Selmer Division of Education  –  Conn-Selmer’s VP of Education, Tim Lautzenheiser, discusses the different levels of group motivation.  View this short but important video for valuable insights for any music program. Tim Lautzenheiser is a widely-recognized voice advocating the importance of music education for every child.  Over the last three decades, countless students have experienced…

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TITLE: Everything Saxophone Podcast – Episode 055: Ben Britton

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DATE: July 10, 2019

Curated from the Everything Saxophone Podcast Series – Educators, if you have advanced saxophone students, this podcast is a great example of what is offered there.  Please share with those students. This week’s episode is one that will open some doors for you. Ben Britton is an important Educator and saxophonist that is going to enlighten you on sound production…

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TITLE: How to Assess Individuals in the Full Ensemble Rehearsal

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DATE: July 9, 2019

Music Educators – did you know there’s a way to assess individual students from their in-class full ensemble performance?  This video shows how Dale Sharkey at CBC High School in St. Louis uses his Nottelmann Music sound system for effective in-class assessment as well as great out-of-class sound reinforcement.

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TITLE: Marching Band Speakers from Presonus

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DATE: July 1, 2019

In this one post, you can view three different levels of incredible marching band speakers from Presonus, at three different price levels.  Add mics and a mixer and you’re good to go.  Nottelmann Music has provided all levels of these speakers to music programs, with excellent results. The CDL Series – The ULT Series – The Air Series.  For more info, CONTACT…

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TITLE: Help for Your Beginning Jazz Rhythm Section

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DATE: June 29, 2019

Curated from Smartmusic’s Music Educator Blog – by J. Richard Dunscomb – Here’s a quick source for the solid basics of teaching the young rhythm section. Rhythm is fundamental to creating the feeling for any genre of music. It is therefore vital that the rhythm section create the appropriate rhythmic feel and style of swing. In a traditional jazz ensemble…

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TITLE: Music Ed Mentor Podcast #051: Creating and Recreating Music Using Technology

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DATE: June 28, 2019

Curated from Smartmusic’s Music Educator’s Blog – by Elisa Janson Jones – In this episode, we continue our foray into technology in music education – this time delving into electronic music. As our regular listeners will know, I do not claim to be a music technology person. I am a minimalist through and through, so if I don’t need to use it, I’m…

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TITLE: The Five Laws of Servitude Student Leadership

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DATE: June 28, 2019

Dr. Tim Lautzenhauser – Conn Selmer Division of Education – In the world of developing leadership in music programs, it doesn’t get any better than the tips from Conn-Selmer’s VP of Education, Tim Lautzenheiser.  View this video as Dr. Tim discusses the Five Laws of Servitude Leadership. Tim Lautzenheiser is a widely-recognized voice advocating the importance of music education for every…

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