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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 350 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: Fix It: Snare Drum Rolls Teaching Tips

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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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TITLE: Fix It: Trombone Teaching Tips

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DATE: October 21, 2021

Curated from The Yamaha Educator Suite – by Domingo Pagliuca – What makes the trombone special? The sound of the trombone is one of the most profound and glorious of the brass family. As composer Hector Berlioz said, “The trombone is the true head of the family of wind instruments … it has all the serious and powerful tones of…

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TITLE: Fix It: Timpani Teaching Tips

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DATE: October 21, 2021

Curated from the Yamaha Educator Suite – by David Collier – As you prepare for the next musical journey with your students, here are some ideas to help your young timpanists. Timpani students need guidance as they are soloists who have a tremendous impact on both the pulse and intonation of your ensemble. Timpanists are both the “drum set player”…

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TITLE: The Value of Warming Up In Both Music and Life

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DATE: October 21, 2021

Curated from The Alfred Blog – by Scott Watson – Every single moment with our students is precious! Whether it’s a lesson, sectional, ensemble rehearsal, there’s always so much to accomplish and no time to waste. Nonetheless, it’s worth taking the time to establish the habit of warming up at the start of all our meetings with students. Primarily, warming…

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TITLE: Tips to Be a More Effective Private Music Instructor

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DATE: October 21, 2021

Curated from The Yamaha Educator Suite -by Aleah Fitzwater –  How to Recruit Students While recruiting band students can be challenging, finding piano and guitar students is even more difficult. Local band programs offer a direct line to their marching band and sectional students. Recruiting for instruments like piano or guitar is clearly trickier. But I recommend getting in touch with…

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TITLE: Twin Posts – EDITOR’S CHOICE – Top Ten Concert Band Pieces You May Have Missed

SOURCE: Ray Benton

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DATE: October 6, 2021

Looking for quality Grade 2 or Grade 3 concert band pieces? Don’t overlook these “Top 10” quality pieces selected by Ray Benton, our Technology and Media Specialist, with 32 years of teaching experience.  We’ve combined these two posts into one.  All of the entrees feature demonstration recordings. . .

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TITLE: Our Featured Webinar – How to Train Your Students in SIGHT-READING

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DATE: October 5, 2021

About this Webinar – This webinar is an in-depth discussion on training your students in sight-reading, including: The benefits of training students in sight-reading How to train students in the class room How to train students outside of the classroom Effective materials How to prepare your ensemble for sight-reading at an adjudicated festival Important teaching tips Our Presenters – Kurt…

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TITLE: Case Study: Shifting a Program’s Culture

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DATE: October 4, 2021

Curated from the Yamaha Educator Suite – by Christine Ngeo Katzman –  “Band is family” rings true for many marching arts participants across the country. But making the cultural paradigm a reality rather than an empty platitude could take years of strategizing. When Jenn Bock joined the Highland High School band program in Gilbert, Arizona, as an assistant band director in 2017, she observed…

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TITLE: Case Study: Giving Voice to Middle School Choir Students

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DATE: October 4, 2021

Curated from the Yamaha Educator Suite – by Christine Ngeo Katzman –  The junior high years can be an awkward period. That’s why promoting self-esteem and self-discovery have become major components of Lydia Cox’s goals as the chorus and digital music teacher at Crosby Middle School within the large district of Jefferson County Public Schools in Louisville, Kentucky. “I’ve really enjoyed my experience in…

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TITLE: Fix It: Trumpet Teaching Tips

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DATE: September 29, 2021

Curated from the Yamaha Educator Suite – by Jeff Conner –    For over 30 years, I have had the tremendous privilege of playing trumpet for audiences around the world. Without the support, guidance and influence from my middle school (Mr. Kazanjian) and high school (Mr. Ezer) band directors, I would not have had the opportunity to pursue this musical passion that…

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TITLE: 3 Things I Learned From My Most Gifted Students

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DATE: August 24, 2021

Curated from SmartMusic’s The Music Educator Blog – by Dave Isaacs –  Every teacher knows how much we learn from our students. The act of teaching itself makes you view the music differently as you learn to communicate it more directly. Different students’ experiences teach us problem-solving on both a technical and interpersonal level. Teaching very gifted students is a…

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TITLE: Resources for Student Recruitment and Retention

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DATE: August 19, 2021

Curated from the YAMAHA Educator Suite – by Marcia Neel –  One of the hallmarks of successful music educators is their desire to continually seek out ways to “build a better mousetrap.” For example, they look for new rehearsal and conducting techniques, innovative ideas to reach others through advocacy and more effective strategies to enhance recruitment and retention for their…

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TITLE: Funding Resource Roundup for Your Music Program

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DATE: August 19, 2021

Curated from the YAMAHA Educator Suite – by Heather Mansell –  Educators, looking for additional funding for your program?  Start here! School during the pandemic has taken many paths that no one could have foreseen. The last year has been a learn-as-you-go experiment as teachers and students embraced online and remote learning. As administrators grapple with how and when to resume…

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TITLE: Case Study: From a $67 Budget to Success — A Four-Year Journey

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DATE: August 19, 2021

Curated from the YAMAHA Educator Suite – by Jennifer Antonetti – After two years of teaching elementary general music, I was ready for a change, so I applied to a music education master’s program and for more band jobs. Luckily, I was hired to teach band at Meadows Elementary and Robinson Middle School in my current district, the Topeka Public Schools. Eager to start my new position,…

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TITLE: Tips for Building Community & Growing Relationships with Band Parents

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DATE: August 15, 2021

Curated from Band Directors Talk Shop – Tips for Building Community & Growing Relationships with Band Parents – Readers’ Collaborative Post  In our recent survey, we asked Band Directors Talk Shop readers, “How do you build community with your band parents? How do you keep open lines of communication and grow strong relationships with parents?” With hundreds of responses to the survey, we came…

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TITLE: Switching to Horn for the Intermediate Player

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DATE: August 14, 2021

Curated from BandWorld – by Ashton Bowles –  Click on the photo or link below to download a horn book for your intermediate players switching over to the horn.  In addition to the horn book, students and teachers can access helpful videos via QR codes. This model project was created by 3rd year American Band College candidate, Ashton Bowles. Full…

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TITLE: Managing Student Behaviors

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DATE: July 28, 2021

Curated from Smartmusic’s The Music Educator Blog – by Elisa Janson Jones – Today we’re pulling another pre-pandemic recording out from the archives for you to enjoy. With in-person classes imminent, I want to share with you this discussion I had with my dear friend, Lori Schwartz Reichl. You can find Lori’s outstanding resources on managing your music program on…

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TITLE: Fix It: Clarinet Teaching Tips

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DATE: July 20, 2021

Curated from The Yamaha Educator Suite – by Shawn Goodman-Royer –  The clarinet is the coolest and perhaps most versatile instrument in the band. It has an amazing 3.5-octave range, the greatest dynamic capabilities of any band instrument, and is used in many different genres of music from jazz to klezmer to classical. But perhaps the most impressive and noteworthy…

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TITLE: Fix It: Bass Drum Teaching Tips

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DATE: July 20, 2021

Curated from the Yamaha Educator Suite – by James Campbell –  I recently reached out to a small group of my University of Kentucky alumni, who teach band and orchestra in public schools. I wanted advice from educators who are in the trenches every day, so I asked them: “What are common problems that beginner and intermediate student musicians encounter regarding…

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TITLE: MBA Podium Masters – Produced for MBA by Nottelmann Music

SOURCE: Ray Benton

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DATE: July 16, 2021

Ann Goodwin Clark, Co-Historian for Missouri Bandmasters, had the vision to record interviews with Missouri master teachers in music education.  Ann reached out to me and asked for my assistance in producing and posting these timeless videos.  Below is the current library, with more additions planned for the future.  I believe EVERY music educator will benefit from the wisdom brought…

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TITLE: Blending Brass

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DATE: July 16, 2021

Curated from the Yamaha Educator Suite – by Elizabeth Geli –  With so many superhero movies hitting the theaters, it’s ironic to hear ensemble directors tell their students, “Don’t be a hero,” when someone is sticking out in the overall sound. Because of the brass instruments’ powerful directional abilities, blending the sound and dynamics of an ensemble can sometimes seem…

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TITLE: How a 3-Week Fine Arts Exploratory Course More than Doubled Band Enrollment

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DATE: July 6, 2021

Curated from the Yamaha Educator Suite – In less than three weeks, the Ralls County R-II School District in Center, Missouri, more than doubled its beginning band program. Before Director of Bands Douglas Schaffer, a 2021 Yamaha 40 Under 40 music educator,  joined the district in 2019, only 24% of 6th graders signed up for band at Ralls County Elementary. Though they were required to participate…

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TITLE: Launching a High School Music Business Program

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DATE: June 14, 2021

We’re passing along this great opportunity from Yamaha, a how-to on starting your a music business program in your high school. Whether you’re looking to increase recruitment, retain (or re-engage) the students you have, or help your students connect with the modern music industry, introducing a music business program at the high school level sets your program up to succeed….

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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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