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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: 18 LESSONS MARCHING BAND TEACHES OUR KIDS: A PARENT’S PERSPECTIVE

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DATE: June 26, 2019

Curated from AMP, the Association of Music Parents – by Kathleen Heuer –  My name is Penny Ray, and I’m a music parent. My husband and I have three teenagers: a sophomore who plays mellophone in her public high school marching band and French horn in the Wind Ensemble at school; an 8th grader who plays trumpet in the local homeschool…

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TITLE: Ideas for Preparing Budgets for Your Music Department in Today’s Climate – by Joe Pappas

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DATE: May 27, 2019

Curated from Smartmusic’s the Music Educator Blog – In 2017, when I first wrote Creatively Preparing the Music Department Budget, I never thought about preparing a follow-up to answer the issues at hand we are facing as music educators. We are facing challenges that caught us off guard not realizing the possible long term effects on students and programs. Remote…

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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: 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: Specific Information for the Parent of a Beginning Music Student

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DATE: April 10, 2019

Curated from AMP, the Association for Music Parents –  Music Educators – here’s important infomation to pass on to your music parents. Marc Whitlock, band director for Discovery Middle School and formerly a band director with the award winning Plymouth Canton Educational Park, MI and Marian Catholic H.S., gives parents detailed guidelines for home practice to help their child succeed. Featured Article “I Made It” Lesson…

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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: HOW DO I GET STARTED WITH TECHNOLOGY IN THE MIDDLE OR HIGH SCHOOL MUSIC CLASSROOM? [FREE GUIDE]

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DATE: March 29, 2019

Curated from our good friend Katie Wardrobe at Midnight Music, Sydney Australia – Introduction and important tips This is a dessert buffet – don’t get sick! My friend and fellow educator Amy Burns – an elementary music teacher in New Jersey – frequently starts a workshop by saying “We’re going to cover a lot of things here today. Please think of this…

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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: 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: What about the Electric Bass? Interview with Professional Bassist James Amelio Pulli

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DATE: February 20, 2019

Curated from NAfME – By Thomas Amoriello Jr. – NAfME Council for Guitar Education Chair –  Lurking in the shadows of the six-string guitar, the electric bass is a slimmer, more versatile instrument than the traditional upright bass in the areas of recording, effects processing, instrument care, economical cost, and travel options. The four-string instrument is tuned an octave lower than…

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TITLE: A Visualization Hack to Get More Out of Your Mental Practice

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DATE: February 18, 2019

Curated from The Bulletproof Musician by Noa Kageyama, Ph.D. –  From tennis great Billie Jean King to pianist Glenn Gould, imagery has long been a staple of athletes’ and musicians’ bag of practice tools. When visualizing, a general rule of thumb is that you want whatever it is that you’re imagining, to be pretty close to the actual real-life experience that you…

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TITLE: Recruitment and Retention – with Joe Pappas and Ray Benton

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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: I Picked My Music For The Concert…Now What Do I Do?

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DATE: January 30, 2019

Curated from Conn-Selmer’s CSI Connect – by Bill Humbert – Music Educators have so many responsibilities in order to keep their program moving in a positive direction every day. Often times we struggle to gather and embrace the many levels of administrative business necessary to provide an amazing learning experience for our students and our music education community. The items that…

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TITLE: Music Ed Mentor Podcast #040: Festival Preparation

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DATE: January 30, 2019

Curated from Smartmusic’s the music educator blog – by Elisa Janson Jones and David Knott – Festivals are a fantastic tool for both recruiting and retaining students. They can help engage your more advanced musicians while providing others with an incentive to improve. They’re also a great way to collect quantifiable data to help ensure the continuation of your program…

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TITLE: Essential Breathing Exercises for Your Choir

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DATE: January 15, 2019

Curated from Choral.net, by Molly McLinden – Anyone who sings, whether as a soloist or chorister, knows that proper breathing is a major component to a reliable and healthy sound. If you don’t get a good breath, you may find yourself running out of air, straining, or having a weaker sound. There is a lot of information out there about…

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TITLE: Band Booster Parents: 10 Simple Tips on How to Keep Everyone Informed and Organized

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DATE: January 14, 2019

Curated from Simplycircle.com, by Elena Krasnoperova –  Everybody understands the importance of communication and organization, especially those parents involved in a band booster organization. With a demanding band camp schedule, practice and performance schedule (not to mention fundraisers, traveling, uniforms, and competitions), a parent really needs to be on top of it all so that their own child – and the…

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