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You found The Nottelmann Blog, exclusively for music educators!  Our blog library now stands at 307 postings! 

With the challenges of teaching during the COVID 19 restrictions, you’ll find several posts to help you through this challenging time.

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: PreSonus Revelator: More Than a USB Microphone

SOURCE: Nottelmann Music

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DATE: November 30, 2020

Simple.  Great-sounding.  All-in-one mic/effects.  Connects with one USB cable.  For online applications.  For music projects.  This is IT! Great sound made easy. More than a microphone, Revelator features voice effects to polish your sound—or completely transform it! Professionally-crafted presets make your voice stand out at the press of a button, thanks to the same award-winning sonic enhancement our StudioLive digital mixers […]

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TITLE: Performance Preparation Plan

SOURCE: Curated

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DATE: November 25, 2020

Curated from Band Directors Talk Shop – by Jeremy Lewis –  Have you ever struggled to prepare repertoire by the performance deadline? Over the course of years preparing various performances, be it orchestral, chamber, or solo work, I have put together a structured plan which has yet to fail me. This plan has four distinct phases with specific objectives: Introduction […]

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TITLE: “Developing Musicians or Directing the Band?” 6 Survival Tactics for the Middle School Band Director 

SOURCE: Curated

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DATE: November 24, 2020

Curated from Bandworld – by Benjamin Davis – “Traps” in the Daily Life of a Middle School Band Director You may be familiar with the adage, “He couldn’t see the forest for the trees.” If we were to reverse the wording of that expression, we have an accurate description of what happens to many middle school band directors. Middle school […]

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TITLE: Teaching Music Online with Google Meet for Virtual Music Class

SOURCE: Curated

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DATE: November 16, 2020

Planning teaching music online or switching to Google Meet? Here’s a short video that explains how to get going.

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TITLE: Advice for Parents & Young Musicians – with Lauren Haley

SOURCE: Curated

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DATE: November 16, 2020

Video – Advice for Parents & Young Musicians Overcoming Parent & Young Musician Obstacles – by Lauren Haley

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TITLE: Clarinet Tone Production

SOURCE: Curated

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DATE: November 16, 2020

Curated from Band Directors Talk Shop –  Advice about clarinet embouchure in the clarinet pedagogy literature is fairly consistent no matter where one looks. Keep the chin flat and pointed, corners of the mouth to the center, touch the reed with the tip of the tongue, angle of the instrument between 30 and 45 degrees.  If everyone does this, why […]

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TITLE: Tips for Setting up your Workspace at Home with Barbara Freedman

SOURCE: Curated

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DATE: November 13, 2020

Curated from Midnight Music – In this episode, Katie Wardrobe talks with her good friend Barbara Freedman – author of Teaching Music Through Composition – A Curriculum Using Technology (published by Oxford University Press) and all-round music technology legend – about setting up your workspace and leveling up the gear you use to deliver your lessons and create teaching materials. […]

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TITLE: Teaching Tone, Vibrato, and Dynamics in Online Platforms

SOURCE: Curated

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DATE: November 4, 2020

Curated from Band Directors Talk Shop – You may find it surprising to hear me say that I haven’t significantly changed the way I teach tone, vibrato, and dynamics since I have switched to lessons and ensembles entirely online. The issues students present with are the same as they ever were. However, I’ve had to significantly up my game in […]

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TITLE: The Basics of Jazz

SOURCE: Curated

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DATE: November 3, 2020

Curated from Band Directors Talk Shop –  For many, learning to play jazz can be daunting, much less trying to teach it. Students know what good jazz sounds like, but how do you relay it to others? It doesn’t help that the notation does not always represent what is actually happening. To help your students, there are a few things […]

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TITLE: Awesome Marine Band Resources for Band Directors

SOURCE: Curated

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DATE: November 3, 2020

Curated from Band Directors Talk Shop –  The U.S. Marine Band has a TON of resources that can help music educators any time – but especially during distance or blended learning. And they are FREE! Need a last minute lesson plan (or sub lesson plan)? Find a video entitled “Why I Love Playing Music” HERE. Find a lesson plan to go […]

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TITLE: Nottelmann Professional Development Webinars

SOURCE: Nottelmann Music

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DATE: October 19, 2020

Your ONE-TIME registration takes less than a minute.  Already registered?  Access all of our webinars now.        Welcome music educators!  In keeping Nottelmann Music’s 65-year-plus tradition of supporting music educators, we offer these pages to support your everyday teaching.  Nottelmann Professional Development is here to instruct and provide you with OPTIONAL professional development credit, absolutely free of charge.  […]

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TITLE: Selecting a Saxophone for Classical and Jazz Performance

SOURCE: Curated

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DATE: October 16, 2020

Curated from BandWorld – by Dr. Tracy Heavner –  Introduction There are many brands of saxophones currently being produced varying greatly in quality and price. Within their brand, most saxophone manufacturers also produce several different models in order to meet the needs of performers at various stages of development. Student models, designed for beginning saxophonists, are the least expensive but […]

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TITLE: D’Addario Core: Overview to Saxophone Reed Strengths

SOURCE: Curated

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DATE: October 16, 2020

Discussion and overview to saxophone reed strengths.

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TITLE: Snare Drum Fundamentals – Michael Burritt

SOURCE: Curated

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DATE: October 16, 2020

Michael Burritt, Professor of Percussion at the Eastman School of Music, demonstrates his foundational approach to snare drum technique. Examples include Stone – Stick Control, Wilcoxon, and his own solo Cooper.  

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TITLE: Productivity tips for music teachers – Part A

SOURCE: Curated

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DATE: October 16, 2020

Curated from Midnight Music – by Katie Wardrobe –   Resources and links mentioned in this episode 1. Manage your passwords Lastpass – this is the one I use and it’s fantastic 1Password is another option   2. Task and project management and to-do lists Asana – I use Asana to manage my work and home-related projects and tasks Trello – another option some of […]

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TITLE: Playing Music Together Online Is Not As Simple As It Seems – By Christian McBride

SOURCE: Ray Benton

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DATE: October 15, 2020

Ever tried this?  Is this possible?  Jazz legend Christian McBride demonstrates one way for musicians to join together online.

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TITLE: Using Wakelet for Digital Portfolios and Assignments in Music Education

SOURCE: Curated

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DATE: October 8, 2020

Curated from Midnight Music – by Kath McGreal –  In this episode of the Music Tech Teacher Podcast, I’m sharing a conversation I had with one of my Midnight Music Community members, Kath McGreal. I invited Kath on the podcast to talk about her use of Wakelet with her music students. Wakelet is a free digital curation tool that allows […]

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TITLE: Avoiding 9th Grade Attrition: Strategies for an Effective Transition to your High School Music Program

SOURCE: Curated

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DATE: October 7, 2020

Curated from Smartmusic’s The Music Educator Blog – by Dr. Christopher Marra –  The transition between middle school and high school is a critical time for music students. With the growing pressure to take on more academic rigor and increased opportunities to participate in activities and groups at the high school, many students and families can feel anxious about balancing […]

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TITLE: 3 Simple Steps to Digital Badging in Music Education

SOURCE: Curated

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DATE: October 6, 2020

Curated from Midnight Music – Katherine Miller and Alison Capelle –  Looking to motivate your music students?  Kids of all grade levels will KILL for recognition like this! Many of us are getting a second chance at rethinking how music education can look and sound as we head into the school year. Last spring provided us with virtually no time to […]

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TITLE: How Using Social Media Apps Before Practicing Could Sabatage Practice Quality (and Performance) Over Time

SOURCE: Curated

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DATE: October 3, 2020

Curated from the Bulletproof Musician –  I attend a martial arts class where the rule is that phones must stay in the locker room, and never be out near the mats. The rationale being, they’re a distraction. And if you’re distracted, not only does your training suffer, but you can get hurt. The idea is to come to class a […]

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TITLE: Expanding the Flute’s Dynamic Range

SOURCE: Curated

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DATE: October 1, 2020

Curated from Band Directors Talk Shop – by Erin Kendall Murphy –  Does your flute section play at a mezzo forte dynamic most of the time? Are you constantly asking them to play out more or play much less for balance in your ensemble? Are your flutists only able to play loud in the high register and soft in the low register? […]

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TITLE: Communication and Collaboration: What You’re Doing Wrong and How to Make it Right

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DATE: September 25, 2020

Curated from Smartmusic’s The Music Educator Blog – by Elisa Janson Jones – Now more than ever, it’s important for us to practice collaboration and to creatively communicate in ways that are meaningful for others—especially our students. Sometimes we forget how essential these soft skills are for us to learn. Skills like confidently reaching out when we need help, and […]

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TITLE: Transitioning Back to In Person Lessons

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DATE: September 24, 2020

Curated from Music Educator Resources.com – Fall semester kicked off this past month. We started online for 2 weeks to prepare for transitioning back to in person lessons for those who chose to. About 75% of my families chose to transition, the rest are staying online. Because I have limited room in my teaching area, we are continuing all group […]

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TITLE: 5 Tips for Getting Started with Technology Integration in Music

SOURCE: Curated

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DATE: September 24, 2020

Curated from Midnight Music – by Katherine Miller and Alison Capelle There is a difference between seeing the possibilities of integrating technology into your classroom and actually doing it!  Many innovators and early adopters of technology integration can make the task seem daunting. We were early technology adopters, however we would not consider ourselves technology experts! The reason we have […]

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