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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 330 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: Advice for Parents on the Benefits of a Life in Music, by Juliana Gondek

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DATE: May 8, 2021

If you ask 100 people in music education or in the music profession for advice to parents of music students about choosing a life in music, you’ll probably get 100 different answers.  This short video contains excellent advice.

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TITLE: Being A Music Advocate, by Dr. Tim Lautzenhauser

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DATE: May 8, 2021

Many like to TALK about music advocacy, but here’s what the master, Dr. Tim, has to say – How to Communicate with Our Target Market As we have previously discussed, all too often we find ourselves “preaching to the choir” (literally!), trying to convince the “already converted” of the value of music in our schools. The audience enthusiastically agrees, everyone […]

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TITLE: Nottelmann Professional Development Webinars

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DATE: May 3, 2021

Your ONE-TIME registration takes less than a minute.  Already registered?  Access all of our webinars now. CLICK TO REVIEW THIS VIDEO PREVIEW 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 […]

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TITLE: 10 Tips to Start a Middle School Drumline

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DATE: April 29, 2021

Curated from The Yamaha Blog – by Troy C. Wallwage –  Middle school band is often where students begin their musical journey. It is a time when the three basic elements of music — rhythm, melody and harmony — begin to take shape and make sense to students. Many middle schools, or junior high schools, have a beginning and advanced […]

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TITLE: Embouchure Formation Strategies for Classical and Jazz Saxophonists

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DATE: April 27, 2021

Curated from Bandworld – By Dr. Tracy Heavner –  Introduction Forming a correct embouchure is one of the most important aspects of playing the saxophone. Without a correct embouchure, a saxophonist’s tone, intonation, response, musical expressiveness and performance enjoyment will be severely hindered. In addition, it is extremely important to establish a correct embouchure in the very beginning stages of development […]

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TITLE: How To Find Legal Music For Video Projects

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DATE: April 26, 2021

Our friend Katie Wardrobe helps solve the problem here of finding copyright-friendly music for projects.  Curated from Midnight Music. If you are creating videos which include music and intending to share them online, you will need to find audio tracks that you are legally permitted to use. There are lots of great copyright-free, royalty-free and Creative Commons licensed tracks available […]

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TITLE: Organizing a School District’s Music Program and the Care and Feeding of the Young Percussionist

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DATE: April 5, 2021

The Bandmaster’s Podcast, Episode 37: Bill Jastrow, Retired, Indian Prairie School District 204, IL.  Bill Jastrow discusses comprehensive musicianship, organizing a school district’s music program, and the caring and “feeding” of the young percussionist. FULL BIO Spanning 41 years, William Jastrow’s teaching experience ranges from a community high school with an enrollment of 450 students, to Neuqua Valley H.S. with an […]

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TITLE: Bring Administrators Plans, Not Problems

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DATE: April 1, 2021

Curated from the Yamaha Educator Suite, by Dr. Dave Gerhart –  Over the past two months, it feels like I have watched more webinars than I have in the last two years. I am sure that is the case for many of you. There have been many educational and informative webinars that are sharing advocacy resources. These resources are so […]

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TITLE: 5 Keys to a Successful Career in Music

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DATE: April 1, 2021

Curated from the Alfred Blog – By Danae Witter – As a young, naïve college student in the early 2000s, I was confident with my decision to pursue a career in music. If I didn’t turn out to be the next world-renowned soloist, I would audition and join the violin section of a major U.S. orchestra or pursue my doctorate […]

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TITLE: Oral Cavity Shape For Single Reeds

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DATE: March 17, 2021

Check out this quick discussion about a sometimes overlooked consideration with quality sound reproduction with reed instruments.  Curated from the D’Addario Education Collective.

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TITLE: Teaching Bucket Drumming: 5 Survival Tips

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DATE: March 16, 2021

Curated from the Alfred Blog – By David Birrow  As a trained percussionist, this gig teaching bucket drumming should have been going way better… Sure, it was my first teaching job and it was at a summer camp but currently several dozen 1st and 2nd graders were running around the room wielding drum sticks. Apparently all those hours in the […]

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TITLE: 7 Tips For Building A Successful Music or Band Program

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DATE: January 6, 2021

Curated from WorldStrides –  Summer is a time for teachers to relax – and to reflect on the previous year. How successful was your year? We know music directors are always looking for ways to encourage their programs to thrive. With that in mind, we asked accomplished WorldStrides OnStage music directors with experiences ranging from starting from scratch to taking over an […]

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TITLE: Advocacy During Uncertainty: 4 Things to Consider

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DATE: January 6, 2021

Curated from Smartmusic’s The Music Educator Blog – by Jen Rafferty –  Music education has changed dramatically over the last few months. It seems that everyone has a different situation regarding how they are teaching their students this school year. Some schools are in person, some are at home, and still some, a strange amalgamation of both. It’s a weird […]

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TITLE: “Where’s the Triangle?” Strategies for managing percussionists and percussion instruments. – Parts 1 and 2

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DATE: January 6, 2021

Curated from Bandworld – by Russell G. McCutcheon – Managing the percussion inventory Every conductor has experienced it: rehearsal is progressing smoothly, then the triangle part is missing. “Who is playing the triangle?” “Umm…we didn’t know we needed it.” Or “We can’t find it,” your percussionists reply. There are three keys to solving this dilemma: Students must be able to […]

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TITLE: “Where’s the Triangle?” Strategies for managing percussionists and percussion instruments – Part 3

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DATE: January 6, 2021

Curated from Bandworld –  Setting up the percussion section Every conductor has experienced it: rehearsal is progressing smoothly, then the triangle part is missing. “Who is playing the triangle?” “Umm…we didn’t know we needed it.” Or “We can’t find it,” your percussionists reply. There are three keys to solving this dilemma: Students must be able to quickly and easily locate […]

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TITLE: Top Ten 2020 Posts at The Nottelmann Blog

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DATE: December 28, 2020

In 2020, there were over 100 quality articles, videos, and podcasts published at The Nottelmann Blog.  With SO many quality and diverse posts to choose from, here are our picks based on quality, topic, and popularity.  We highly recommend that you view and share each one. #1 – Making Jazz Easier for Your Students (and Yourself) – A Nottelmann Exclusive, […]

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TITLE: Kirk Hickman and Eric Wellman PROVIDE AT HOME PERCUSSION PRACTICE TIPS

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DATE: December 28, 2020

Curated from The Bandmasters Podcast – Kirk Hickman, band director at Hinsdale South High School in Hinsdale, IL, and Eric Wellman, band director at Joliet West High School in Joliet, IL, provide some tips and resources on how percussionists can practice at home (and how percussionists are already used to this type of practice!). Some suggested links from the video/audio: […]

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TITLE: Bob Mencozzi on Getting Things Done

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DATE: December 21, 2020

Curated from The Bandmasters Podcast – Bob Mecozzi, band director at Amos Alonzo Stagg High School in Palos Hills, IL, talks about the Getting Things Done system and how we can reduce stress by managing our tasks. For more content related to music education, visit www.thebandmasters.com, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Sticher Audio. Sidenote Series: Bob Mecozzi on Getting Things Done […]

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TITLE: Copyright for Virtual Concerts: What You Can and Cannot Do

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DATE: December 16, 2020

Curated from J.W. Pepper’s CuedIn – by Andrea Pelloquin –  Planning an online concert?  What about copyright, permissions?  This article and video sets the issue straight. J.W. Pepper hosted a webinar on October 1st with Katie Baron, attorney and partner at Alter, Kendrick & Baron, LLP and Shari Molstad, Permissions Manager at Hal Leonard LLC. We have summarized the content of […]

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TITLE: Custom Cursors For Your Play-Along Videos, Remote Learning Lessons and More

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DATE: December 15, 2020

Curated from Midnight Music – by Katie Wardrobe –  Custom Cursor is a Chrome extension that allows you to change your mouse pointer into a little picture. This makes your cursor more prominent when sharing your screen with students in class or while teaching remotely. Custom Cursor can also work well as a conducting pointer for singalong or play-along activities. […]

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TITLE: Dear Future Band Directors…

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DATE: December 12, 2020

Curated from Rocky Point Productions – What does an experienced band director wish he had known going into his first year?  Here’s the account from one person, things to consider for the brand new or future band director. My name is Rocky Ankeny and I am the Assistant Director of Bands at Panther Creek High School. I marched Cadets in […]

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TITLE: Denis DiBlasio: Jazz Saxophonist, Music Educator and Storyteller

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DATE: December 11, 2020

Curated from Yamaha Educator Suite – Denis DiBlasio is a natural improviser. He was about 10 years old when his music teacher wrote down a blues scale in F.   “He said, ‘Just make up stuff and use these notes,’” DiBlasio says. “I must have played that thing for two years. I just beat that thing to death.” After spending so […]

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TITLE: The Bandmaster Podcast Episode 35: Bobby Lambert, Wando High School, Mt. Pleasant, SC

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DATE: December 11, 2020

Curated from Bandmasters Podcast – Bobby is Director of Bands at Wando High School in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. Originally from Cherokee, North Carolina, Mr. Lambert attended Western Carolina University to obtain his Bachelors Degree in music education and then the University of Massachusetts to receive a graduate assistantship and a Masters of Music Degree in saxophone performance. From 2001 […]

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TITLE: Giving a Trumpet a Bath

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DATE: December 10, 2020

Curated from Band Directors Share – Lots of ways to do this – here’s one.

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