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Curated from Yamaha’s blog The Hub – By Brian Petterson – Navigating the world of middle school, junior high or high school band can be tough for parents of young musicians — especially those of you who weren’t yourself an instrumentalist back in your glory days. Instruments, reeds, strings, mallets, valve oil — there are many important things that school-aged band […]MORE
With budgetary assistance from Joe Pappas and the Jeffco Viking Band Camp, Jefferson College’s music department was looking for a great sounding and versatile sound systems for the band and choir rehearsal rooms. They wanted portability, great sound, and high quality recording capability. Joel Vanderheyden contacted me with specific criteria in mind and I set out to design a system […]MORE
Looking for a curriculum alternative to music appreciation, or a great supplement to your current music curriculum? This single blog post has everything you need to begin a music technology class in your school, how to put together a complete music tech lab OR a single music workstation for a practice room or your music room. Watch the Short Video Overview […]MORE
It’s a time-honored tradition – music educators chatting about their favorite festival pieces, those that worked well for their program and were enjoyed by their students. Here’s installment #1 in our series of Top Festival Picks. In this posting, we feature picks by St. Louis Area’s Ron Sikes, Joe Pappas, Sister Gail Buckman, and Larry Johnson, complete with reference recordings. […]MORE
Curated from Smartmusic’s the music educator blog – by Mark Connor – Mark Connor, is an in-demand composer/arranger and a teacher with more than 20 years of music education experience. In addition to his current role as the band teacher at the Saul Mirowitz Jewish Community School in St. Louis, Missouri, Mark is also the host of Everything Band. This podcast […]MORE
An important, free resource curated from PAS.org – complete with individual audio recordings of the 40 Percussive Arts Society International Drum Rudiments. Download the free PDF copy or read the notated rudiments below. The list consists of the traditional 26 rudiments along with a number of drum corps, orchestral, European, and contemporary drum rudiments. This listing was an outgrowth of […]MORE
Curated from the Music Matters Blog, by Anita Collins – Listening to music benefits your brain. Performing music benefits it even more. We’ve heard it all before, right? Well, what’s different here is this great little video makes it simple to understand and is very convincing. Watch it for yourself. Then, can you think of someone who would benefit from […]MORE
Curated from Smartmusic’s The Music Educator Blog – by Brad Hughes – What is the most revered individual musical quality? Overwhelmingly, the answer is sound, or tone quality. Just like our voice, our tone defines us. It does not matter how high you can play, how fast you can tongue, or how many excerpts you know – if you sound […]MORE
Curated from ASTA.org – Jennifer Mishra – Vibrato can be one of the most difficult skills to teach a young string player. Some students are able to produce a beautiful vibrato seemingly without effort while others struggle, working to produce a relaxed motion. It is much easier to teach a relaxed vibrato early than to correct a tense vibrato later. […]MORE
Curated from ChoralNet.org – Lynn Swanson – Teach all morning, no voice left by afternoon. Sound familiar? Here are some common sense tips so your voice can go the distance! TIPS FOR TEACHERS Teachers are at special risk for developing hoarseness simply be cause the job requires heavy voice use five plus days a week, with little time in between […]MORE