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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 342 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: Band Room Makeover Makes the Most of Space

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DATE: January 3, 2020

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 […]

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TITLE: Nottelmann Blog Top 10 Posts of 2019

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DATE: December 28, 2019

2019 was our first full year for the Nottelmann Blog.  In that year, we added 140 posts to our current line-up of top articles, videos, and podcasts just for the music educator.  Here’s our TOP 10, in no particular order.  CLICK to check out any that you may have missed. #1 – How To Use the Yamaha Harmony Director In […]

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TITLE: “Developing Musicians or Directing the Band?” 6 Survival Tactics for the Middle School Band Director 

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DATE: December 19, 2019

Curated from BandWorld – by Benjamin Davis – “Traps” in the Daily Life of a Middle School Band Director You may be familiar with the adage, “He couldn’t see the forest for the trees.” If we were to reverse the wording of that expression, we have an accurate description of what happens to many middle school band directors. Middle school […]

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TITLE: Ten Things that Every Band Director Should Know About Flutes – Part 1

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DATE: December 19, 2019

Curated from BandWorld, by Phyllis Louke – There are several simple things band directors can teach to flute sections that will quickly produce measurable improvement in tone quality, technique and intonation. These tips can be used with beginning flutists, as well as flute sections in middle school and high school. How many times have you lamented that your flute section […]

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TITLE: Ten Things that Every Band Director Should Know About Flutes – Part 2

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DATE: December 19, 2019

Curated from BandWorld, by Phyllis Louke – 6. TEACHING CORRECT FINGERINGS In my work with private students and band students over the years, there are several fingerings that are frequently fingered incorrectly. Most common is second octave D and Eb—the left first finger should be up. It helps to think of the left first finger as an octave key, according […]

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TITLE: Music Education Mentoring in Missouri – A Crucial Program

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DATE: December 17, 2019

A Podcast Interview with Steve Litwiller, MMEA Mentoring Chair – by Ray Benton – An Exclusive podcast from Nottelmann Music – Did you know that forty-four percent of new teachers leave teaching within five years?  Learn how MMEA Mentoring Chair Steve Litwiller and educators in this program are making a real difference!  If you’re a Missouri Music Educator and new […]

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TITLE: Six Important Parent Tips for the Young Musician – by Ray Benton

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DATE: December 16, 2019

“Going beyond simply footing the bill can make the difference between the student just getting by and being amazing.” So your child is playing a musical instrument.  You’ve invested hard-earned dollars into the project, so is your job over? As a band director with over 32 years of experience, I can say many of our parents first believed that, once […]

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TITLE: Myths and Facts: Caring for Your Voice during the Winter Months

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DATE: December 15, 2019

Curated from ChoralNet.Org – by Lynn Swanson – For your own voice or your students, here’s some important tips! Taking care of the voice or Vocal Hygiene can be thought of as the care and feeding of the voice.  These are things we do to keep the voice healthy. To take care of the voice, we must also take care of the body. Here […]

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TITLE: 15 Relevant Educator Questions to Strengthen Student Enjoyment in Class

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DATE: December 7, 2019

Curated from TME, The Music Educator Podcast – by Bill Stevens – What questions should you consider when preparing to teach?  This short podcast presents Bill’s 15. The Music Educator Podcast is about analyzing, nurturing and discussing what takes place in the music classroom as it relates to 21st-century education. This podcast compliments the educational vision of The Music Educator […]

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TITLE: How Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood Impacted Music Education

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DATE: December 5, 2019

Curated from the JW Pepper blog – By Mary Rogelstad – It’s said the first thing Fred Rogers did when he returned home from emergency surgery for stomach cancer was go straight to his piano. His wife Joanne has shared with friends how much her husband loved playing that piano. His grandmother bought the nine-foot Steinway concert grand for Fred […]

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TITLE: Developing a Stronger Rhythmic Pulse, and the Paradoxical Benefits of Giving Yourself Permission to Miss Notes

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DATE: December 5, 2019

Curated from the Bulletproof Musician – by Erik Ralske – Erik Ralske has played Principal Horn in the Met Opera orchestra since 2010, following 17 years in the NY Philharmonic. He is also on the faculty of The Juilliard School and Aspen Music Festival. In this 40-min episode, we’ll explore: How learning a passage at performance tempo from Day 1, […]

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TITLE: Jazz Ensemble Rehearsal Tip: What to Listen To?

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DATE: November 25, 2019

Curated from Smartmusic’s The Music Educator Blog – by Chip Crotts – When I work with jazz ensembles on style and phrasing, I strongly emphasize that everyone needs to know what instruments they are listening to – and why. These skills, when applied correctly, can have a large impact on the development of the complete musician. Let’s discuss how we […]

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TITLE: Don’t Start Saxophones in Your Beginning Band – A Successful Alternative

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DATE: November 24, 2019

By Ray Benton, Nottelmann Music Co.  – Well, this one will certainly cause some controversy!  But band directors, I ask that you be open minded and hear me out.  In my eleven years at Rockwood South Middle School, we found tremendous success with a different approach to teaching saxophone.  Here are THE BENEFITS, THE PROCESS, and THE RESULTS. THE BENEFITS […]

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TITLE: 7 Tips for Teachers to Get Today’s Students to Practice More

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DATE: November 20, 2019

Curated from KHS America’s AcademicAlliance.com – by Donna Schwartz – Here’s some ideas that I have used or have heard other well-known teachers implement. Some of these ideas will take time, but are worth it in the long run… Get to know each of your students. This is a tall order, but showing interest in your students’ lives builds trust.  […]

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TITLE: Maximize Your Practicing – Part 1: The 3 Main Areas We Need to Practice

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DATE: November 19, 2019

Curated from KHS America’s AcademicAlliance.com – by Donna Schwartz – Before we get into the 3 main areas, we need to think about what would go into our practice session. (A future article will talk about setting goals.) What you include in your practice session depends upon a few factors: what playing level you are currently at (Beginner, Intermediate – […]

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TITLE: Maximize Your Practicing – Part 2: The Rule of 10’s

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DATE: November 19, 2019

Curated from KHS America’s AcademicAlliance.com – by Donna Schwartz – The Rule of 10’s is simply this: You focus on one area for a solid 10 minutes, then move on to the next area. For example, your 10 minute session could be working out a jazz lick in all 12 keys, or working on technical exercises from a method book, […]

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TITLE: Why Day-of-Performance Butterflies May Actually Be a Good Thing

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DATE: November 15, 2019

Use these when you perform.  Share these with your students as they prepare to perform solo or audition – curated from Bulletproof Musician, by Noa Kageyama, Ph.D. – For most, waking up on the day of a big audition, competition, or performance feels very different from every other morning. Things are just a little more unsettled. And it’s harder to […]

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TITLE: Looking to STEP-UP? Then STEP UP TO YAMAHA!

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DATE: November 11, 2019

It’s the PERFECT time for that young musician to step up to a quality intermediate or pro-level brass or woodwind instrument from Yamaha!  Now through Dec. 31, get that great Nottelmann Price and THEN get $50-$100 off – It’s STEP UP TO YAMAHA!  Just call our South County location- 314-631-1486 Why step up to an intermediate or professional-level brass or […]

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TITLE: Free Sound Effects For Your Music Tech Projects

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DATE: November 8, 2019

Curated from Midnight Music, by Katie Wardrobe – Our theme for this month is free music tech resources and in this episode I share 9 different places you can find free sound effects for music tech projects your students might be working on. http://traffic.libsyn.com/musictechteacher/MTT85_music_effects.mp3 I’ll also cover: Tips on how to expand a limited sound effects library without downloading any […]

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TITLE: Bridging The Gap between Middle School and High School – Five-Part Series

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DATE: November 7, 2019

Tips For Ensuring A Seamless Music Education Experience, Curated from the Music Achievement Council and the NAMM Foundation – What can be done to ensure students continuing to participate in our music education programs?  Here’s an in-depth answer to what can: (1) Directors Do? (2) Parents Do?  (3) Students Do? (4) Music Supervisors Do? (5) Administrators Do? Part 1 – […]

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TITLE: How You Can Use In-Built iPad Accessibility Settings In Your Music Classroom

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DATE: November 7, 2019

Curated from Midnight Music, by Sarah Joncas – Here are some iPad tips from the site of our good friend “from down under” Katie Wardrobe.  Just for music teachers. iPads are a powerful tool for music learning, and they can be a very accessible tool for the music classroom with the right apps and settings. I wrote about iPad apps […]

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TITLE: Levels of Thinking

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DATE: November 5, 2019

Curated from Conn-Selmer – by Frank Troyka, Educational Consultant – Something all of us hope to instill in our students is the ability for them to take responsibility for their own learning. As musicians, independence and interdependence are inherent in virtually everything we do. As a young teacher, I found myself trying to bear the burden for student achievement somewhat […]

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TITLE: Strategies For Success: Thoughts For New (and Veteran) Teachers

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DATE: November 4, 2019

Curated from Conn-Selmer – by Dr. Charles T. Menghini – In every case, it boils down to the little things. Simple acts. Things that we can incorporate into our way of living. They become a part of who we are and help to define our success (or failure). In the end, the little things in life are the big things. […]

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TITLE: Creating Positive Classroom Behavior

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DATE: November 1, 2019

Curated from Conn-Selmer – by Dr. Tim Lautzenhauser – We often hear fellow teachers talk about a student’s ill-disposition or bad attitude and how it has a negative impact on the group. Perhaps more than any subject in the school curriculum, the attitude of the students plays a crucial role in the forward progress (or lack of) of the music […]

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