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Launched in October 2018, we now are up to 100 postings and GROWING! The Nottelmann Blog is a single place that music educators can turn to when they want to explore ideas, teaching tips, and product information. We offer both exclusive and curated material from national and local experts. Fresh and updated regularly, discover articles, interviews, podcasts, informational videos, and more, searchable by category, title, topic, and contributor. Visit here often for brand new content! NOTE: the page order of our posts is NOT dependent on the most recent date, but is rotated often depending on the school-related season.
Curated from Smartmusic’s The Music Education Blog – by Mike Christiansen – With very little background in playing guitar, and no background in jazz guitar pedagogy, many band directors find themselves at a loss on how to help their jazz band guitarist. The following tips can help you point your student guitarists in the right direction. Getting the Sound: The […]MORE
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.MORE
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 […]MORE
One of our most important posts at The Nottelmann Blog! A MUST VIEW for jazz band directors, show choir directors, any music educator interested in the role of the drum set. Legendary drummer of The Police, Stewart Copeland, takes us on a journey from the beginnings of American Music from Congo Square in New Orleans to modern day – the […]MORE
Curated from Digital Trends – by Jon Martindale – Do you know everything there is to know about Wi-Fi? If so, go on by. If not, you’ll want to read this! Wi-Fi is one of the most important technological developments of the modern age. It’s the wireless networking standard that helps us enjoy all the conveniences of modern media and connectivity at […]MORE
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 […]MORE
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. […]MORE
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 […]MORE
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 […]MORE
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 […]MORE