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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 402 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: 5 by 5 – NPD Jazz Webinar Series on the Rhythm Section

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DATE: October 31, 2022

A warehouse of tips for you and your students. 5 top musicians present tips on 5 rhythm section instruments.  Check out the previews, view the full webinars below. PIANO GUITAR DRUMS BASS LATIN PERCUSSION VIEW THE FULL WEBINARS FOR FREE

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TITLE: Two Great Jazz Educators – Two Great Jazz Education Webinars!

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DATE: October 28, 2022

Band directors – time to focus on your jazz program?  Whether your ensemble meets every day or once a week, whether it’s established or a new program, you’ll find valuable tips and advice here. Click the preview video above to learn more about two GREAT NPD Webinars in Jazz Education with two GREAT Jazz Educators: Mike Parkinson on Beyond the Blues…

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TITLE: Embouchure Formation Strategies for Classical and Jazz Saxophonists

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DATE: September 27, 2022

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: AVOID BURNOUT

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DATE: September 26, 2022

Curated from YAMAHA – By Lisa Fields – Educators, if you’re beginning to question why you devote so much time and energy to your work, you could be experiencing burnout.  You became an instrumental educator because you love music and have a passion for sharing your talent with students. When your job inspires you, teaching may not even feel like work. …

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TITLE: Engage Parents as Partners

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DATE: August 16, 2022

Curated from YAMAHA – by Jarrett Lipman – WORK WITH AND UTILIZE PARENTS TO HELP YOUR PROGRAM SUCCEED. BRING THEM INTO THE FOLD, GIVE THEM OWNERSHIP AND ALLOW RELATIONSHIPS TO THRIVE. As a drum major at the Crossmen, I remember talking to Fred Morrison about the nuts and bolts of running the organization. He was in his first year as…

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TITLE: Introducing the Canadian Brass Flex System

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DATE: August 9, 2022

Curated from Smartmusic’s Music Educator Blog – Want to improve student performances in your large ensembles? Get them playing in chamber groups, too. Not only does performing chamber music offer a wonderful way to develop listening and cooperation skills, it also makes it impossible for that gifted but lazy student to “follow” the other members of their section. Suddenly, if…

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TITLE: Writing a Letter to Your Future Self

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DATE: August 7, 2022

Curated from Musictech.net – by Amy M. Burns – Every year I visit FutureMe.org and write a letter to myself that will appear in my inbox in June of next year. This year, I sent it to myself and accidentally programmed it to be received in August, instead of June. Usually, when I receive the letter in June, I am…

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TITLE: Curriculum Planning with a Purpose: Begin with the End

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DATE: August 3, 2022

Curated from YAMAHA – by Steve Graves – THINK OF WHAT YOUR STUDENTS WILL BE REQUIRED TO KNOW AT THE START OF THEIR NEXT SCHOOL YEAR, THEN PLAN BACKWARD AND SET GOALS AND MILESTONES TO ENSURE THAT THEY MAKE PROPER PROGRESS THROUGHOUT THIS ACADEMIC YEAR. How can music educators guarantee that musical growth and learning really takes place in their…

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TITLE: Why Music? Be Inspired! Don’t You Dare Miss This!

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DATE: August 1, 2022

A short, heart-warming, inspirational video.  An answer to “Why Music?”  Don’t miss this!  Shared at The Nottelmann Blog! Are you a Mr. Jensen?  Had your life affected by a Mr. Jensen?  Want to be a Mr. Jensen?  SHARE ON THIS POST!

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TITLE: Everything Band Episode 183- a Visit with Conn-Selmer Clinician Frank Troyka

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DATE: July 28, 2022

Curated from Everything Band – Let the words of Frank Troyka encourage and inspire you.  Frank, a longtime band director in Richardson, Texas and now serves as an adjunct instructor at SMU, educational consultant for Conn-Selmer, and director of education for System Blue.   GO TO ORIGINAL POST

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TITLE: How to Establish Classroom Routines and Why

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DATE: July 27, 2022

Curated from JW Pepper’s CUED IN – Picture a successful band, orchestra, or choir rehearsal. Students have their instruments and music at the ready and are focused on the conductor. They respond quickly to instructions and are prepared for each cue. When it’s time to go to their next class, they put materials away in designated areas, keeping the space…

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TITLE: Case Study: Strategic Storage and Scheduling Solutions

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DATE: July 26, 2022

Curated from The YAMAHA Educator Suite – by Christine Ngeo Katzman –  Every music program has the challenge of logistics regarding storage and scheduling.  Here’s how one program met that challenge. When Vincent Vicchiariello began his transition to Director of Bands at Nutley High School in New Jersey in 2018, the program boomed. “We had our biggest [group] of 95 students in our marching…

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TITLE: KICKSTARTING YOUR JAZZ BAND: How To Get Your Band Swingin’ And Playin’ The Blues

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DATE: July 25, 2022

Curated from Jupiter Winds – with Tonia Mathews – Mrs. Mathews discusses her strategy for starting the year with a middle school or young high school jazz band. The clinic provides best practices for teaching students how to swing while also incorporating the blues progression. Engaging students in a thoughtful pace will motivate your students to improvise and be comfortable…

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TITLE: Side Hustles for Music Teachers

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DATE: July 24, 2022

Curated from YAMAHA – by Aleah Fitzwater – DO YOU NEED TO SUPPLEMENT YOUR INCOME OR AN OUTLET FOR YOUR CREATIVITY? CONSIDER TRYING ONE OF THESE SIDE GIGS! Teaching music is extremely gratifying; but sometimes, unexpected circumstances arise, and we need to supplement our income. If you’re looking for relevant side hustles or summer gigs, consider the following list of…

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TITLE: Advice on Teaching Middle School Band – Steve Graves

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DATE: July 19, 2022

Curated from Mark J. Connors’ Everything Band Podcast #84 –  Steve Graves has been a middle school band director in Orange County, California for over 30 years. In this episode he shares his advice about teaching middle school including some really great advice for young band teachers.​ Topics: Steve’s background and his 34 year career as a middle school band…

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TITLE: Studio Recording 101 For the Musician – Concepts To Help Ensure Your Musical Success

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DATE: July 19, 2022

Reprinted by permission from Mike Parkinson, KHS America Education Artist, XO Professional Brass Artist, and Nottelmann Music Clinician Countless musicians have dreams of making an outstanding professional recording or becoming studio musicians.  Unfortunately many musicians, including me, have often gone into the recording studio with a lack of knowledge, experience or understanding of how to prepare or deal with the…

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TITLE: Tim Lautzenheiser Speaks About Motivation

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DATE: July 17, 2022

Dr. Tim Lautzenhauser –  Conn Selmer Division of Education  –  Conn-Selmer’s VP of Education, Tim Lautzenheiser, discusses the different levels of group motivation.  View this short but important video for valuable insights for any music program. Tim Lautzenheiser is a widely-recognized voice advocating the importance of music education for every child.  Over the last three decades, countless students have experienced…

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TITLE: Your Teacher Identity

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DATE: July 6, 2022

Curated from The Yamaha Educator Suite – by Don Stinson – I had an identity crisis during my first few years of teaching. I had to wade through the stressors of a new job, getting an ensemble ready for a performance within days of school starting, and trying to balance a personal life. I had an idea of who I…

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TITLE: Give Your Ensemble a Daily Diet of Fundamentals

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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: The Five Laws of Servitude Student Leadership

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DATE: June 28, 2022

Dr. Tim Lautzenhauser – Conn Selmer Division of Education – In the world of developing leadership in music programs, it doesn’t get any better than the tips from Conn-Selmer’s VP of Education, Tim Lautzenheiser.  View this video as Dr. Tim discusses the Five Laws of Servitude Leadership. Tim Lautzenheiser is a widely-recognized voice advocating the importance of music education for every…

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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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