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With the challenges of teaching during the COVID 19 restrictions, you’ll find several posts to help you through this challenging time.
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.
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
Curated from Jupiter, Mapex, and Majestic Educational Resources – Here are 10 selected tips for the new and experienced band directors alike. Bandroom Tip #1: Keeping Track of Auxilliary Percussion Bandroom Tip #2: Breathing for Young Low Brass Players Bandroom Tip #3: Training Low Brass…Ear Development Bandroom Tip #4: Helping Your Flute Students to Play In Tune Bandroom Tip […]MORE
Curated from Conn-Selmer – by Dr. Matthew Arau – Can a high school band function successfully without trust? Can a band have an effective student leadership program if the director does not trust the student leaders? Can an untrusting conductor generate expressive music-making from his ensemble? If the answer to these three questions is an unwavering no, then it is […]MORE
Curated from Midnight Music and our good friend from “down under,” Katie Wardrobe – I love templates for many reasons and they can truly increase your productivity! I share the benefits of using templates, some ideas for places you can incorporate templates into your everyday life and give some tips on how to save them. Check out Nottelmann Music’s […]MORE
Curated from NAfME – by Audrey Carballo – It’s that time of year when teachers ask . . . Back to school? Already?!?! Although for most traditional school calendars educators get 8-10 weeks of summer, it never seems to be enough. If you’re like me, the week before we head back gets tainted as well. Every day I gently gripe […]MORE
Curated from The Beginning Band Director Podcast – Discussing topics relevant to aspiring and new band directors – Overwhelming? Here’s help! Join Brad and Misty Smith, as they chat about how to get your year off to a great start. GO TO ORIGINAL POSTINGMORE
Curated from ChoralNet.org by Developing Voices Author Jennifer Berroth, Choral Director at Leawood Middle School, Leawood, Kansas. I’ve heard it said that teaching middle school puts one at the front of the line for sainthood. We’ve all had days on which we have earned that status. I have been teaching middle school choir for seven years, and in that time I have […]MORE
Curated from Midnight Music – A guest post by Katherine Miller – During these unprecedented times, the lines between home and work can be a little blurrier. Music teachers might be more used to this then others as we often hold rehearsals before and after school, performances on night and weekends, and have to find professional development opportunities devoted to […]MORE
Schools and institutions, do you have a 600mhz wireless mic system? As of July 13 2020, those systems are illegal to use. If your system is from Audio-Technica, we have good news. A factory rebate program is available through Sept. 30 2020. CLICK TO FIND YOUR SYSTEM AND TRADE-IN VALUE We can assist you with the right replacement model and […]MORE
Curated from NFHS – The mission of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) is to advance music education by promoting the understanding and making of music by all. The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) provides leadership for the administration of high-school based activities, emphasizing health and safety to develop leaders and increase opportunities for all. In the time of COVID-19, […]MORE
Curated from AmroMusic.com – While there are still many unknowns about the upcoming 2020-2021 school year, one thing is for certain: the importance of music in our schools and the impact it has on student’s lives has not changed. Educators and administrators across the country are working tirelessly to strategize ways to return to school safely. However, many of the […]MORE
Curated from JW Pepper – by Kathryn Griesinger – Perhaps you’re a long-time band director asked to start a string program at your school. Or you’re a first-year teacher looking at limited job options that may include any combination of band, chorus, or strings. However you find yourself in this situation, the lack of a string playing background shouldn’t deter […]MORE
Curated from 4themusiceducator.com – by Bill Stevens – Musicians who require the use of their air to perform will benefit from “Starting Breathing Exercises to Encourage Air Capacity Growth.” Whether you are a brass, woodwind or even a vocalist musician, breathing, and effective airflow, is an absolute necessity to perform. In addition, increasing your knowledgebase is a great way to […]MORE
Curated from Midnight Music – by Sarah Joncas – Most music teachers are teaching online right now. Many music educational technology companies are offering their apps, paid subscriptions, and other features to educators for free right now. This can be a great thing, as it allows teachers to see the variety of tools and resources available, and to preview them […]MORE
This video curated from Scott Lang Leadership – Three things to think about as you fight for your programMORE
Curated from NAfME – NAfME is supporting a new study on the effects of COVID-19 on the return to the rehearsal hall. The study will examine aerosol rates produced by wind instrumentalists, vocalists, and even actors, and how quickly those aerosol rates accumulate in a space. As part of NAfME support for the study, our Society chairs (SRME chair Deborah A. […]MORE
Curated from The Yamaha Educator Suite – by Ben Nussbaum – “I’m kind of hard-wired to do things at a pretty intense level,” says Aaron Tindall. “In the low brass field, you just have to be relentless.” And Tindall expects the same passion from his students. “He’s one of the most hard-working people I’ve ever met,” says TJ Graf, one […]MORE
Curated from The Yamaha Educator Suite – by Savy Leiser – Cle Elum, Washington, is a small town with a population of about 2,000 and a school district serving approximately 900 students in K-12 — but that doesn’t stop the power of music flowing through it. If anything, the town’s size has helped people form closer connections through music. “Our […]MORE
Curated from Bandworld – this is such an important topic for producing good pitch and sound on the clarinet – Introduction – A clarinetist’s tongue position is perhaps one of the most important components of successful playing since it has a direct effect on tone, intonation, response and the ability to articulate quickly. In addition, the ideal clarinet tone, which […]MORE
Your students could spend WEEKS going through all of the resources in this post – curated from J.W. Pepper – by Mary Rogelstad – Throughout the years, J.W. Pepper has been fortunate to interview many jazz musicians who have shared their experiences perfecting these jazz basics, along with explaining how to make them accessible to students. Here are some of […]MORE
Curated, by Sixto F Montesinos – a 5 Minute Read – There are more questions than answers right now regarding the spread of COVID-19 while playing woodwind or brass instruments in musical ensembles around the world. That may change by the fall. A document was published by the Freiburg University of Music on April 25, 2020 entitled Risk Assessment Regarding […]MORE
Curated from the National Association for Music Education – The public health crisis is necessitating unprecedented disruption to our country’s education system. Schools, students and families have demonstrated remarkable flexibility and resilience as they’ve done their part to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Specifically, the online actions of music educators and students have inspired us all as they’ve shared […]MORE
Available at Nottelmann Music. The Wind Instrument Try-Out Kit was designed to help introduce and guide students towards finding the instrument that is the best fit for them. It includes mouthpieces similar to the ones found in a band classroom, but are not intended to replace the actual instrument mouthpieces. They can easily be cleaned in the dishwasher or hot […]MORE
Curated from NAfME – by David Knott – With our transition from traditional teaching to online delivery of content, there are many places popping up to provide resources for you to become a “virtual rockstar.” These same resources let readers and followers view many people’s “virtual flex.” An online “pose-down” sometimes leading to some hurtful comments in the thread. You […]MORE