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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 320 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: 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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TITLE: HOW TO STERILIZE STRING INSTRUMENTS FOR COVID-19

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DATE: December 10, 2020

Curated from KHS America – by Rock Clouser – Please note, this article contains information for consideration to reduce the risks of spreading COVID-19 on string instruments. We cannot guarantee these suggestions are 100% preventative.   For string instruments, it is really difficult to give a one size fits all cleaning answer because string instruments have so many surface types […]

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TITLE: The Benefits of Sight-Reading: The What, Why, and How

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DATE: December 10, 2020

Curated from the Smartmusic Music Educator Blog – What is Sight-Reading? Being able to look at a brand new piece of music and play it at sight is a pretty amazing skill to have. Just think—what we’re trained as musicians to do is to simultaneously scan and identify various symbols and visual cues, register and process each one (both individually […]

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TITLE: PreSonus Revelator: More Than a USB Microphone

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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

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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 

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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: OUR FEATURED NOTTELMANN BLOG POST – Awesome Marine Band Resources for Band Directors

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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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