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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 370 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: Give Your Ensemble a Daily Diet of Fundamentals

SOURCE: Curated

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DATE: July 1, 2022

Curated from The YAMAHA Educator Suite – by Jarrett Lipman – A musician’s daily diet or daily drill provides all the necessary basics for performing on an instrument successfully. While it’s not a perfect formula, at Claudia Taylor Johnson High School, we stick to our daily drill in the same way that we brush our teeth or get dressed for school…

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TITLE: Case Study: Grassroots Funding Through Social Media and Contests

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DATE: May 13, 2022

Curated from The Yamaha Educator Suite – by Christine Ngeo Katzman –  When Heather Taylor became the band director at Lakeshore Elementary School in Rochester, New York, in 2018, she had an $80 annual budget. “That’s literally less than $1 a kid,” says Taylor who teaches about 140 students in 4th and 5th grades out of 420 students overall in grades 3…

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TITLE: Your Four-Tool Recruitment Bundle

SOURCE: Ray Benton

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DATE: March 10, 2022

Time to recruit that new crop of beginners?  Depending on your school’s time setup, it could be now,  it could be in a few weeks, it could be in a few months.  No matter when that is, NOW is the time to make plans.  These FOUR posts found at the Nottelmann Blog, linked below, can greatly improve your chances of…

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TITLE: Video Review – Recording Your Students with the Affordable Samson CO2 Mic Pair and Zoom Q8 Video Handy Recorder

SOURCE: Ray Benton

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DATE: March 3, 2022

If you don’t have a lot of money to spend, here’s a quality option for recording your large ensembles, small ensembles, or soloists – band, jazz band, choir, or orchestra.  This demo was created by JW Pepper, but the mics are also available at Nottelmann Music.  Email RAY for our current low price and availability.  

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TITLE: Build a Culture of Excellence

SOURCE: Ray Benton

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DATE: March 3, 2022

Curated from the YAMAHA Educator Suite – by Jarrett Lipman – MUSIC EDUCATORS MUST CREATE AN ENVIRONMENT WHERE STUDENTS MOVE FROM THINKING THEY COULD BE GREAT TO KNOWING THEY COULD. Students who believe in their ability to perform at a high level are more likely to achieve remarkable things. When students see results as a performer, they develop trust in their instructors….

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TITLE: Ten Strategies to Improve Intonation in the Instrumental Ensemble

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DATE: March 3, 2022

Curated from The Alfred Blog – by David Pope – “Bad intonation is unforgiveable.” This quote was shared with me by a mentor when I was an undergraduate student over 20 years ago, and it has remained an integral part of my teaching philosophy. In every situation, no matter if I was teaching a traditional school ensemble or an all-state…

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TITLE: Video – 10 Types of BAND DIRECTORS! Do you know all 10 of these guys?

SOURCE: Ray Benton

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DATE: February 15, 2022

Do you know all 10 of these guys?

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TITLE: Directing Band Podcast Episode 11: What every middle school band student should know

SOURCE: Curated

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DATE: February 15, 2022

Curated from Directing Band – Here’s what one Georgia band director expects of his incoming middle school students.  The state standards may differ from yours, but the concepts can apply. Episode 11 is an episode based on a listener request.   In this episode, Josh describes what he ideally wants every student to know when they enter the high school…

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TITLE: Ignite a Passion for Practice

SOURCE: Curated

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DATE: February 15, 2022

Curated from the YAMAHA Educator Suite – by Frank DiMaria –  Rather than relying on external motivation, successful teachers inspire students to fuel their own flame to attain a higher level of mastery. To this end, Chris Gleason, instrumental music educator at Patrick Marsh Middle School in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, taps into “the deeply human need to direct [one’s life] and to…

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TITLE: Nottelmann Music at MMEA 2023 – Join Us as We Celebrate Our 70th!

SOURCE: Nottelmann Music

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DATE: January 20, 2022

Please stop by and see us at Booth #E 22-24. MARK YOUR CALENDARS! Join us this fall at the 70th Annual Nottelmann Music All-Star Jazz Showcase – Saturday, Nov 5 at the Kirkwood HS Keating Theater.  Some of St. Louis’ BEST talent all on one stage.  All proceeds will go to area music students through the Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation….

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TITLE: Case Study: Peers Support Peers at a United Sound Chapter in Missouri

SOURCE: Curated

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DATE: January 13, 2022

Curated from The YAMAHA Educator Suite – by Frank DiMaria – With Paul Holzen, Education Representative for Nottelmann Music – Socialization is typically a by­product of a music program. However, in one music class at Parkway Central Middle School in Chesterfield, Missouri, socialization is the goal.   Paul Holzen Parkway Central hosts a chapter of United Sound, a national not-for-profit program that provides…

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TITLE: Make Band a “Home” for Everyone

SOURCE: Curated

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DATE: January 12, 2022

Curated from The YAMAHA Educator Suite – by Jarrett Lipman – How can you make band a place that everyone enjoys? From student musicians who want to be the very best in the all-state contest, to those who are more casual and never practice outside of class, to athletes who want to participate in band, to students who want to…

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TITLE: NPD Webinar – Incorporating Latin Percussion into Your Jazz Program – with Matthew Henry

SOURCE: Nottelmann Music

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DATE: January 6, 2022

About this Webinar – This valuable webinar provides a missing piece for many jazz programs.  Presenter/demonstrator Matthew Henry combines his skills as a musician, a music educator, and an authority on Latin music in this unique webinar.  Matthew breaks down the characteristics of the Mambo, Samba, Bossa Nova, and Cha Cha and explains in depth the possible instrument choices of…

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TITLE: 5 Time Burglars to Avoid

SOURCE: Curated

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DATE: December 22, 2021

Curated from the YAMAHA Educator Suite -by Don Stinson – Time is a precious commodity. As music teachers, we not only have to protect classroom time, but we have to carve out a few minutes (or hours!) here and there to take care of our must-do, non-negotiable tasks. In order to be as productive as possible, you must be mindful…

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TITLE: 7 Self-Care Tips for Music Educators

SOURCE: Curated

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DATE: December 21, 2021

Curated from the YAMAHA Educator Suite – by Curtis Dean – Teaching music is a creative job that relies heavily on human interaction and personal connections with your students. While this profession is immensely rewarding, it is also very challenging, and if you don’t take care of yourself, you run the risk of burnout. In this article, we look at…

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TITLE: 5 Minor Assets to Running a Successful Music Program

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DATE: December 20, 2021

Curated from the YAMAHA Educator Suite – by Steve Graves – Companion piece to 5 Major Assets to Running a Successful Music Program –  In the article, “5 Major Assets of Teaching Instrumental Music,” I discuss the five major non-negotiable assets of band — students, instruments, facilities, literature and time. Here, I will go over five minor assets to teaching…

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TITLE: 5 Major Assets of Teaching Instrumental Music

SOURCE: Curated

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DATE: December 17, 2021

Curated from the Yamaha Educator Suite – by Steve Graves – When we jump into the school year, we’re often forced to just start planning curriculum and deal with the course of events that gets in the way. We don’t have time to take a good look at what we need or already have to work with. But it’s essential…

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TITLE: Top Ten 2021 Posts at The Nottelmann Blog

SOURCE: Nottelmann Music

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DATE: December 2, 2021

In 2021, 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 – Top 10 Qualities of an Effective Band or Orchestra Conductor – Curated…

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TITLE: If We Want to Maximize Learning, is It Better to Focus on Our Failures or Our Successes?

SOURCE: Ray Benton

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DATE: November 15, 2021

Curated from the Bulletproof Musician – by Noa Kageyama, Ph.D. Is it better to focus on our failures or our successes?   Whether it’s an audition, a math final, or your herculean efforts to prepare a non-dried-out Thanksgiving turkey for once, it’s never fun to fail, make mistakes, or fall short of your goals. Which probably explains why there are so many…

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TITLE: 5 Tools to Get Your Motivation Mojo Back

SOURCE: Curated

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DATE: November 10, 2021

Curated from the Yamaha Educator Suite – by Kathryn Drury Wagner – Music educators, here are 5 tools to get your motivation mojo back. Experts tell us there are strategies to get your motor running again, to feel more energized, and yes, motivated.  Ah, if only motivation came in a bottle, and you could crack open the cap and chug…

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TITLE: Thoughts from a legendary band director – Everything Band Podcast with Alfred Watkins

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DATE: November 9, 2021

What better way to improve than to dive into the thoughts of a legendary band director.  Alfred Watkins was the longtime band director at Lassiter High School in Georgia and one of the finest band directors of his generation. He joins the show to talk about his career and share the wisdom from his 37 years as an instrumental music…

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TITLE: SUPPORTING MUSIC EDUCATION: AUDIENCE GUIDELINES

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DATE: November 8, 2021

Curated from The NAMM Foundation – Becoming a discerning, supportive and knowledgeable audience member is an important part of a student’s education. Successful audience participation requires skill, discretion, common sense, discipline and a bit of knowledge. Download pdf Becoming a discerning, supportive and knowledgeable audience member is an important part of a student’s education. Successful audience participation requires skill, discretion,…

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TITLE: Top 10 Qualities of an Effective Band or Orchestra Conductor

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DATE: November 2, 2021

Curated from SBO Magazine – by Harvey Rachlin –  We all have had teachers we remember because they had an impact on us in some wonderful way in school. Perhaps it was a music teacher or conductor who nourished our love of music and was partly responsible for our pursuing a career in music. What teacher today (or at any time)…

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TITLE: Fix It: Snare Drum Rolls Teaching Tips

SOURCE: Curated

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DATE: October 21, 2021

Curated from The Yamaha Educator Suite – by Dr. Paul Buyer – Close your eyes for a moment and imagine a time when you were conducting on the podium and cued a much anticipated, exposed and important snare drum roll. What did it sound like? Perhaps it was smooth, expressive and confident — maybe the result of assigning your best snare drummer…

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