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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: 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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TITLE: Voice Classification: System or Art?

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DATE: September 21, 2018

By Adriana Festeu – The process of “creating order” through categorization has always constituted an essential part of our social progress because of its measurable functionality. Vocal categorization has been no exception, but given that all singing voices are unique—the musical equivalent of fingerprints—any attempt at fitting them neatly into categories ought to generate a clear justification for how this […]

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TITLE: Tech Issues Happen To The Best Of Us

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DATE: September 20, 2018

Katie Wardrobe – Midnight Music – Tech issues happen to the best of us – me included. In the past few weeks I’ve had not one, but TWO major tech issues – both of which were beyond my control.  I managed to get through them (just!) thanks to my contingency plans, a little luck and some understanding on the part of […]

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TITLE: Personalizing Your Practice Plan

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DATE: September 20, 2018

Mitchell Estrin – Vandoren Resources – Here are valuable tips for you or to pass on to your students to achieve an effective practice plan. Practice is an essential component for progressing on a musical instrument. Serious musicians must often center their daily life around their practice schedule. Although there are many important musical fundamentals that every musician must practice, each […]

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TITLE: 10 of The Best Tools for Creating Digital Quizzes

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DATE: September 20, 2018

Curated from EducatorsTechnology.com READ IT – COMMENT ON IT – SHARE IT For those of you who haven’t seen it yet, here is a collection of some good web tools to help you create digital quizzes. You can use them to design interactive quizzes, questionnaire, forms, polls and many more.  The tools are easy and simple to use and no […]

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TITLE: Strengthening Vocal Technique Through Vocal Pedagogy

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DATE: September 19, 2018

Curated from the smartmusic music educator blog – by Susanna Botieff Bringing Vocal Pedagogy into the Classroom What is vocal pedagogy?According to Wikipedia: Vocal pedagogy is the study of the art and science of voice instruction. It explores what singing is, how singing works, and how proper singing technique is accomplished. Why should vocal pedagogy be an integral part of the choral classroom? […]

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TITLE: Music Ed Mentor Podcast #024: Tech Success in the Music Classroom

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DATE: September 19, 2018

Elisa Janson Jones – Smartmusic, The Music Educator Blog – In This Episode, You’ll Learn How To: Make the most of the technology you already have access to Find free tech tools you can use with your students Get started with SmartMusic and other music technology   LISTEN TO PODCAST

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TITLE: Student Leadership Training Doesn’t End At Camp

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DATE: September 18, 2018

Frank Troika  – Conn-Selmer Division of Education, CSI Connect – A pretty strong argument can be made that our student leaders have a tougher job of working with their peers than we do in working with our students. As teachers, we have inherent authority by way of our titles, our degrees, and to a large extent, our age and years of […]

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TITLE: How To Display Your iPad in the Music Classroom

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DATE: September 18, 2018

Curated from Midnight Music – by Katie Wardrobe – Which Display Option? There are already a number of articles and tutorials written which go into the details of the options for displaying your iPad on a data projector or IWB to students during class time. I won’t go into all of the options here – other educators like Learning in […]

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TITLE: Help with Handheld Percussion

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DATE: August 30, 2018

Five Tips for Your General Music Class – By NAfME Member Kelly Mraz – How long has it been since you’ve taken a percussion methods class? When other music teachers find out I am a percussionist, the number one question I get is, “I’ve always wondered, how do you play . . . ?” So often, drums get our (and […]

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TITLE: CONTENT CREATION AUDIO GEAR: HEADPHONES, MICROPHONES, & WIRELESS SYSTEMS

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DATE: August 29, 2018

Audio-Technica – A-T Blog Editor – One of the leading audio technology manufacturers in the world has rounded up some of the best microphones, headphones, and wireless microphone systems for you to consider for your program.  Their products are a preferred brand for podcasters, social media and YouTube personalities, journalists and interviewers, live-streamers, voice over artists, and musicians.   These are […]

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TITLE: What is “Line” Level and What is “Mic” Level?

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DATE: August 29, 2018

Audio-Technica – A-T Blog Editor – Sorting through the definitions of mic and line level can be confusing because there are varied definitions of the terms among audio engineers and manufacturers. Before getting into an in-depth definition, it would probably be a good idea to talk about why you should be concerned about whether an input or output is mic or line […]

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TITLE: Why Music Matters

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DATE: August 29, 2018

Jack Stamp – Music educators, you’ve gotta hear this!  Listen to Jack Stamp, giving one of the best examples of exactly why music education is so important and belongs in our schools. Dr. Jack Stamp is currently adjunct Professor of Music at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls where he teaches conducting. Prior to this appointment, Dr. Stamp served as Director […]

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