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Launched in October 2018, we now are up to 105 postings and GROWING! The Nottelmann Blog is a single place that music educators can turn to when they want to explore ideas, teaching tips, and product information. We offer both exclusive and curated material from national and local experts. Fresh and updated regularly, discover articles, interviews, podcasts, informational videos, and more, searchable by category, title, topic, and contributor. Visit here often for brand new content! NOTE: the page order of our posts is NOT dependent on the most recent date, but is rotated often depending on the school-related season.
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
Curated from StringsMagazine.com – By Cristina Schreil – What defines “good tone”? How do you know if you’ve found it in a stringed instrument? As cellist Jia Kim describes it, players can usually intuit whether or not they immediately gel with an instrument, or whether it’s of good quality. “You can sense that the cello is responsive, the cello is […]MORE
Curated from Conn-Selmer – For musicians, students, and teachers – a fantastic, quick peak into the process of making great brass instruments at their legendary factory. When you think of manufacturing in Northeast Ohio, steel and rubber probably come to mind. For over a century, though, another kind of metal work has been taking here that’s brought enjoyment to millions […]MORE
Curated from SBO Magazine – by Harvey Rachlin – We all have had teachers we remember because they had an impact on us in some wonderful way in school. Perhaps it was a music teacher or conductor who nourished our love of music and was partly responsible for our pursuing a career in music. What teacher today (or at any time) […]MORE
Curated from the Conn-Selmer Corp. – This is a short video video that’s long on great advice and wisdom for music educators. Col. Lowell Graham speaks about the importance of efficiently and effectively communicating with your ensemble.MORE
Curated from EducatorsTechnology.com – A few days ago, a discussion thread was posted on Product Hunt on the topic of to-do apps that can track both habits and tasks. A number of apps were suggested but our favourite apps which we highly recommend for teachers are listed below. These are apps we have covered in multiple instances in the past which you […]MORE
This posting curated from TechInMusicEd.com – So many music educators have Finale background; this one music educator’s view of Finale 26 I have been using Finale for a very long time. My first exposure to Finale was in college, where one of my professors had worked at Coda Music. We were expected to use Finale, and even played with the […]MORE
Curated from Smartmusic’s the music educator blog – by Chris Clark – We all want our students to make All-State groups. Earning a place in these prestigious ensembles is a great experience for students. It’s something they can take pride in including on college applications, and a way to impress their peers. Not only does it benefit the student, but […]MORE
Curated from the music educator blog, Smartmusic – by Suzanne Whitney – Great for Smartmusic users, and many ideas that can be applied otherwise. I love helping my students grow into smart, hard-working, and self-sufficient musicians. Part of this means torturing them with sight-reading exercises every time I see them. Trust me, they love me for it. Sarcasm aside, while […]MORE