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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: Selecting a Saxophone for Classical and Jazz Performance

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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TITLE: How to Make Virtual College Fairs Work for You

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DATE: September 23, 2020

Curated from MajoringInMusic.com – As a music student, how can you make virtual college fairs work for you?  Many schools attend these fairs. Which ones make the most sense to visit? What can you do to make the most out of the experience? Attend whether or not you’re sure you want to major in music College fairs can be worthwhile […]

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TITLE: Tips for Teaching Embouchure in Beginning Band

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DATE: September 23, 2020

Curated from Band Directors Talk Shop – “Spend time now to save time later” is a great quote, especially when it comes to teaching embouchure to beginning band students.  Preventing bad habits early is key to a successful start on any instrument. Following is a list of 6 practical tips for teaching embouchure efficiently and effectively from day one. 1.) […]

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TITLE: Clarinet 101: Getting Beginning Clarinetists Started the Right Way

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DATE: September 22, 2020

Curated from Band Directors Talk Shop – by Dr. Christine Damm – et your beginning clarinet players in tip-top shape and have fun doing it!  Beginning clarinet instruction doesn’t need to be frustrating.  Great clarinet tone and technique are the result of good habits. Start these good habits early on with a focus on the foundations of clarinet playing:  embouchure, […]

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TITLE: Understanding and Developing Range for the Young Horn Player

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DATE: September 21, 2020

Curated from Band Directors Talk Shop – by Jonas Thoms –  Beginning band books for generations have implied that the horn is a difficult instrument to incorporate into an ensemble. They may not have explicitly made a statement to that effect but most of these resources have more pages for horn than the other instruments because there are “for horns […]

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TITLE: Teaching Remotely The Second Time Around With Aileen Miracle

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DATE: September 12, 2020

Curated from Midnight Music – This episode of the Music Tech Teacher Podcast features Aileen Miracle of Mrs. Miracle’s Music Room.  Aileen talks about teaching elementary music remotely – what worked and what didn’t work the first time around and what her plans are for the 2020-2021 school year.  She also shares some of her favourite tech tools and tips. […]

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TITLE: 16 New & Powerful Choral Pieces to Help Students During Hard Times

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DATE: September 11, 2020

Curated from Cued In – Programming is so essential.  Here are great suggestions for RIGHT NOW! – Music has always had the ability to inspire and heal wounds, and now many songs are taking on a new meaning as teachers and students alike face uncertainty. Pieces with universal themes of strength and hope are particularly helpful during such times of […]

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TITLE: Complete Guide to Zoom Audio Settings for Music Teachers

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DATE: September 10, 2020

Curated from Midnight Music – by Katie Wardrobe – Even the music teachers most experienced with Zoom will learn something new in Katie’s complete article on Zoom for music educators.  And we DO mean COMPLETE! – Intro – When using Zoom to run music classes, there are a few settings you can adjust to enhance the experience for you and […]

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TITLE: Minna Chung: On the Mysteries of Intonation and a Few Things We Can Do to Play More in Tune

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DATE: September 9, 2020

Curated from The Bulletproof Musician – Like most Suzuki youngsters, I went through a phase where I had little stripes of tape placed on my fingerboard to guide where my fingers ought to go. Which I’m guessing was my first lesson on intonation, and the idea that there’s a precise place on the fingerboard, where if you put your finger […]

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TITLE: Five Tips for New Band Parents: Helping Your Child Practice

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DATE: September 8, 2020

Curated from D’Addario – By Andrea Harrell – Parents of beginning band students often ask me how they can help their kids with practicing their new instrument. While many parents don’t hesitate to step in and help their kids with subjects like math or English, I have spoken to many parents who feel uncomfortable stepping in to help their kids […]

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TITLE: Music Ed Mentor Podcast #79: Upbeat Mindset in Downbeat Times

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DATE: September 3, 2020

Curated from Smartmusic’s the music educator blog – by Elisa Janson Jones – Six months ago, when the school shut down first started, I reached out to my friend Dr. Matthew Arau to join me for a series of webinars we called “Living in Tune.” Our goal for these webinars was to give people a single time—once per week—to get […]

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TITLE: FREE! Online Video Series for Your Woodwinds and Brass!

SOURCE: Ray Benton

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DATE: September 2, 2020

Calling all band directors! For those of you starting the year online and wondering how to help your beginning band students get started or how to get your older students to brush up on their fundamentals, we have resources for you. We have created a series of beginning instrumentalist videos for clarinet, euphonium, flute, horn, saxophone, trombone, trumpet, and tuba. […]

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