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Launched in October 2018, we now are up to 98 postings and counting! 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.
By Adriana Festeu – The process of “creating order” through categorization has always constituted an essential part of our social progress because of its measurable functionality. Vocal categorization has been no exception, but given that all singing voices are unique—the musical equivalent of fingerprints—any attempt at fitting them neatly into categories ought to generate a clear justification for how this […]MORE
Katie Wardrobe – Midnight Music – Tech issues happen to the best of us – me included. In the past few weeks I’ve had not one, but TWO major tech issues – both of which were beyond my control. I managed to get through them (just!) thanks to my contingency plans, a little luck and some understanding on the part of […]MORE
Curated from Halftime Magazine – by Savy Leiser Innovative products and technology as well as practical space-saving ideas can help band directors turn even the smallest space into an efficient rehearsal room. In 2012, Fayetteville (Arkansas) High School became a completely new school, and director of bands Barry Harper received the band room of his dreams. After a four-year renovation project, the […]MORE
Mitchell Estrin – Vandoren Resources – Here are valuable tips for you or to pass on to your students to achieve an effective practice plan. Practice is an essential component for progressing on a musical instrument. Serious musicians must often center their daily life around their practice schedule. Although there are many important musical fundamentals that every musician must practice, each […]MORE
Curated from EducatorsTechnology.com READ IT – COMMENT ON IT – SHARE IT For those of you who haven’t seen it yet, here is a collection of some good web tools to help you create digital quizzes. You can use them to design interactive quizzes, questionnaire, forms, polls and many more. The tools are easy and simple to use and no […]MORE
Curated from the smartmusic music educator blog – by Susanna Botieff Bringing Vocal Pedagogy into the Classroom What is vocal pedagogy?According to Wikipedia: Vocal pedagogy is the study of the art and science of voice instruction. It explores what singing is, how singing works, and how proper singing technique is accomplished. Why should vocal pedagogy be an integral part of the choral classroom? […]MORE
Elisa Janson Jones – Smartmusic, The Music Educator Blog – In This Episode, You’ll Learn How To: Make the most of the technology you already have access to Find free tech tools you can use with your students Get started with SmartMusic and other music technology LISTEN TO PODCASTMORE
Frank Troika – Conn-Selmer Division of Education, CSI Connect – A pretty strong argument can be made that our student leaders have a tougher job of working with their peers than we do in working with our students. As teachers, we have inherent authority by way of our titles, our degrees, and to a large extent, our age and years of […]MORE
Katie Wardrobe, Midnight Music – Considerations for music teachers – There are already a number of articles and tutorials written which go into the details of the options for displaying your iPad on a data projector or IWB to students during class time. I want to talk about the options from the point of view of the music teacher. What works […]MORE
Five Tips for Your General Music Class – By NAfME Member Kelly Mraz – How long has it been since you’ve taken a percussion methods class? When other music teachers find out I am a percussionist, the number one question I get is, “I’ve always wondered, how do you play . . . ?” So often, drums get our (and […]MORE