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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: 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: Music Ed Mentor Podcast #035: Wisdom from Band Directors and Composers

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DATE: November 14, 2018

Curated from Smartmusic’s the music educator blog – by Mark Connor – Mark Connor, is an in-demand composer/arranger and a teacher with more than 20 years of music education experience. In addition to his current role as the band teacher at the Saul Mirowitz Jewish Community School in St. Louis, Missouri, Mark is also the host of Everything Band. This podcast…

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TITLE: International Drum Rudiments

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DATE: November 13, 2018

An important,  free resource curated from PAS.org – complete with individual audio recordings of the 40 Percussive Arts Society International Drum Rudiments.  Download the free PDF copy or read the notated rudiments below.  The list consists of the traditional 26 rudiments along with a number of drum corps, orchestral, European, and contemporary drum rudiments. This listing was an outgrowth of…

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TITLE: How Playing a Musical Instrument Benefits Your Brain

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DATE: November 13, 2018

Curated from the Music Matters Blog, by Anita Collins – Listening to music benefits your brain.  Performing music benefits it even more.  We’ve heard it all before, right?  Well, what’s different here is this great little video makes it simple to understand and is very convincing.  Watch it for yourself.  Then, can you think of someone who would benefit from…

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TITLE: Brass Tone Quality: No Instruments Required

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DATE: November 10, 2018

Curated from Smartmusic’s The Music Educator Blog – by Brad Hughes –  What is the most revered individual musical quality? Overwhelmingly, the answer is sound, or tone quality. Just like our voice, our tone defines us. It does not matter how high you can play, how fast you can tongue, or how many excerpts you know – if you sound…

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TITLE: EASING INTO VIBRATO

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DATE: November 9, 2018

Curated from ASTA.org – Jennifer Mishra –  Vibrato can be one of the most difficult skills to teach a young string player.  Some students are able to produce a beautiful vibrato seemingly without effort while others struggle, working to produce a relaxed motion. It is much easier to teach a relaxed vibrato early than to correct a tense vibrato later….

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TITLE: TEACH ALL DAY? TIPS TO MAINTAIN VOCAL HEALTH

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DATE: November 9, 2018

Curated from ChoralNet.org – Lynn Swanson –  Teach all morning, no voice left by afternoon.  Sound familiar?  Here are some common sense tips so your voice can go the distance!  TIPS FOR TEACHERS Teachers are at special risk for developing hoarseness simply be cause the job requires heavy voice use five plus days a week, with little time in between…

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TITLE: Former Violin Society of America Judges on Their Approach to Evaluating An Instrument’s Tone

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DATE: November 9, 2018

Curated from StringsMagazine.com – By Cristina Schreil –  What defines “good tone”? How do you know if you’ve found it in a stringed instrument? As cellist Jia Kim describes it, players can usually intuit whether or not they immediately gel with an instrument, or whether it’s of good quality. “You can sense that the cello is responsive, the cello is…

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TITLE: Creating Brass at Conn-Selmer

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DATE: November 9, 2018

Curated from Conn-Selmer –  For musicians, students, and teachers – a fantastic, quick peak into the process of making great brass instruments at their legendary factory.  When you think of manufacturing in Northeast Ohio, steel and rubber probably come to mind. For over a century, though, another kind of metal work has been taking here that’s brought enjoyment to millions…

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TITLE: Col. Lowell Graham – Tips for Directors on How to Communicate

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DATE: November 8, 2018

Curated from the Conn-Selmer Corp. –  This is a short video video that’s long on great advice and wisdom for music educators.  Col. Lowell Graham speaks about the importance of efficiently and effectively communicating with your ensemble.  

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TITLE: 4 Practical To-do List Apps for Teachers

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DATE: November 8, 2018

Curated from EducatorsTechnology.com – A few days ago, a discussion thread was posted on Product Hunt on the topic of to-do apps that can track both habits and tasks. A number of apps were suggested but our favourite apps which we highly recommend for teachers are listed below. These are apps we have covered in multiple instances in the past which you…

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TITLE: Finale 26: Thoughts from a Music Educator

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DATE: November 2, 2018

This posting curated from TechInMusicEd.com – So many music educators have Finale background; this one music educator’s view of Finale 26 I have been using Finale for a very long time. My first exposure to Finale was in college, where one of my professors had worked at Coda Music. We were expected to use Finale, and even played with the…

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TITLE: Assessing Student Progress in Sight Reading

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DATE: October 30, 2018

Curated from the music educator blog, Smartmusic – by Suzanne Whitney – Great for Smartmusic users, and many ideas that can be applied otherwise. I love helping my students grow into smart, hard-working, and self-sufficient musicians. Part of this means torturing them with sight-reading exercises every time I see them. Trust me, they love me for it. Sarcasm aside, while…

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TITLE: In Case You Missed It – FESTIVAL P’S & Q’S

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DATE: October 30, 2018

Curated from Yamaha’s  SupportED Magazine – by Marcia Neel – performing at a festival is so much more than “performing the music.” Here are several etiquette recommendations for your next festival or more formal performance. APPEARANCE AND DEMEANOR ON THE STAGE AND IN THE AUDIENCE MAKE AN IMPACTFUL  STATEMENT ABOUT YOUR ENSEMBLE DURING FESTIVAL APPEARANCES. STAGE ETIQUETTE The adjudication begins…

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TITLE: You Gotta Have H.e.a.r.t.

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DATE: October 27, 2018

Dr. Tim Lautzenhauser – Conn-Selmer Division of Education – The seed of this article came from a student who was asked to write a paper about her most influential teacher. She had to describe what separated this particularly educator from all those who had been a part of her school experiences. The last line of the paper succinctly and beautifully put…

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TITLE: SOUND ADVICE: 5 SUGGESTIONS FOR IMPROVING CLARINET TONE

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DATE: October 26, 2018

Curated from Vandoren Paris – by Paula Corley – Vandoren and Buffet Crampon Artist, Pedagogy Chairman: International Clarinet Association, Texas Lutheran University Faculty –  Poor tone quality – both slurred and articulated – tops the clarinet critique list for directors and judges. How do you fix it? Here are  five suggestions to improve tone quality when slurring and articulating. 1. Focus the sound. Good…

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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: Google’s new floating keyboard is so helpful, it’ll put you on cloud nine

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DATE: October 22, 2018

Curated from Digital Trends – by Andy Boxall –     Google has added an interesting new feature to its Gboard Android keyboard app. It’s called floating keyboard, and it may just be the answer to your problems if your swanky new bezel-less smartphone almost slips out your hand as you furiously type on the keyboard. It’s also great for anyone who feels the…

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TITLE: Difficulty Staying Optimistic Before a Big Audition? Try Using a “Positivity Cheat Sheet”

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DATE: October 22, 2018

Curated from The Bulletproof Musician by Noa Kageyama, Ph.D –   It’s the day before an audition, and as you take a few minutes to review some tricky sections, suddenly you get a twinge of anxiety and start stressing and freaking out about how awful everything sounds. How unprepared you feel. And how horribly you’re afraid things are going to go. It’s at…

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TITLE: Music Ed Mentor Podcast #032: Battling Burnout

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DATE: October 18, 2018

Curated from the Smartmusic Music Educator Blog, by Elisa Janson Jones –  I am absolutely thrilled about this episode because we discuss the number one thing you can do to improve your teaching, career, and life: take care of you. We talk about ways to prevent burnout. The discussion is all about self-care, holistic wellness, and implementing the best practices in…

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TITLE: The Innovative Music Tech Teaching Space with Brad Fuller part 1

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DATE: October 12, 2018

Curated from Midnight Music – Katie Midnight – Featuring Brad Fuller When students join Brad Fuller’s ProjectRnB music program, they are greeted with “Welcome to show business…!” This episode is part 1 of my chat with Sydney based music educator Brad Fuller. In 2012, Brad was contracted to redesign the teaching space at Northern Beaches Christian School where he is…

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TITLE: HOW DO I GET STARTED WITH CHROMEBOOKS IN MUSIC EDUCATION? [FREE GUIDE]

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DATE: October 9, 2018

Curated from Midnight Music, by Katie Wardrobe –  Check out more great offerings from our friend Katie Wardrobe at Midnight Music  –  What’s the deal with Chromebooks? What makes Chromebooks different? So, you’ve discovered that your school has decided to roll out Chromebooks to students. How can they be used in your music classroom? What exactly can you do on…

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TITLE: TECHNOLOGY TOOLS for the MIDDLE SCHOOL CLASSROOM

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DATE: September 23, 2018

Curated from Yamaha SupportED Magazine 2018 vol 1 – Save time and engage young learners in and out of the middle school music classroom using free apps and web-based programs.  BY KEITH OZSVATH AND GREG SCAPILLATO Many technology tools exist to ease your workload and move your music program beyond surviving to thriving. To ensure success, select resources that align…

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TITLE: It’s Symphony Time! Developing and Working with the Young Full Orchestra

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DATE: September 22, 2018

By Dr. Charles Laux – Curated from OrchestraTeacher.net Why create a full orchestra? Play music of the world’s greatest composers Play music to sound as the composer intended (most of the time) The most well-known classical music ensemble Collaboration among band & orchestra Create a unique experience Challenge students When should I start? NOT in the first year! Anytime after……

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