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

SOURCE: Ray Benton

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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

SOURCE: Curated

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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

SOURCE: Curated

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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

SOURCE: Curated

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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

SOURCE: Curated

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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!

SOURCE: Nottelmann Music

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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

SOURCE: Curated

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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

SOURCE: Curated

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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

SOURCE: Curated

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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

SOURCE: Curated

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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

SOURCE: Curated

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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

SOURCE: Curated

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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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TITLE: How to Find and Use Productive Pockets of Time in Your Day 

SOURCE: Curated

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DATE: October 31, 2019

Curated from Midnight Music – by Katie Wardrobe – This short podcast by our good friend Katie Wardrobe is packed with great time-management ideas that you can put to work today! For a downloadable copy of the tips mentioned in this episode, click HERE. Check out Nottelmann Music’s exclusive interview podcast with Katie Wardrobe as she makes the implementation music…

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TITLE: 3 Reasons Why Now — More Than Ever — America Needs Music in its Schools

SOURCE: Curated

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DATE: October 30, 2019

Curated from Get Banded, a blog published by Jupiter, Mapex, and Majestic instruments – by Anthony Mazzocchi  For the first time ever, music is now cited in federal statute as a stand-alone subject in schools. The timing could not be better.  After all, provision for the arts in school curricula should be a no-brainer requirement of a well-rounded education.  However, just…

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TITLE: Inquiry into the Habits of a Significant Band Director, a TME Podcast

SOURCE: Curated

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DATE: October 28, 2019

Curated from The Music Educator Podcast – What is a Significant Band Director? What are those habits?  Do you already possess some of them? Listen to this short but worthwhile podcast – Here we conduct an inquiry into the habits of a significant band director. What makes a band director significant? What is needed to become significant? We will discuss…

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TITLE: Your Relationship With Students – Part 1, The Successful Music Teacher Series

SOURCE: Ray Benton

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DATE: October 24, 2019

This is our first podcast in our Successful Music Teacher Series, designed to provide you with tips and ideas to help you to be successful in teaching music to kids.  This is an exclusive production of Nottelmann Music, a full-service School Music company located in St. Louis.  Our Podcast PLUS postings contain optional video graphics.  Listen on your computer, phone,…

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TITLE: Tips For Your Jazz Band Guitarist

SOURCE: Curated

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DATE: October 22, 2019

Curated from Smartmusic’s The Music Education Blog – by Mike Christiansen –   With very little background in playing guitar, and no background in jazz guitar pedagogy, many band directors find themselves at a loss on how to help their jazz band guitarist. The following tips can help you point your student guitarists in the right direction. Getting the Sound: The…

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TITLE: 5 Reasons to Step Up to a Better Wind Instrument

SOURCE: Curated

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DATE: October 19, 2019

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…

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TITLE: What is Wi-Fi? Here’s everything you need to know

SOURCE: Curated

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DATE: October 19, 2019

Curated from Digital Trends – by Jon Martindale – Do you know everything there is to know about Wi-Fi?  If so, go on by.  If not, you’ll want to read this! Wi-Fi is one of the most important technological developments of the modern age. It’s the wireless networking standard that helps us enjoy all the conveniences of modern media and connectivity at…

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TITLE: Expanding the Learning Power of Music Through Multi-Media

SOURCE: Curated

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DATE: October 17, 2019

Here’s a brief article and quick video, loaded with interesting ideas regarding technology and multimedia.  Curated from The NAMM Foundation – by Philip Nash –   The contemporary student comes to the classroom with a sophisticated knowledge of computers. It is vital that we creatively approach and utilize the application of available technology to engage students and enhance learning. Multimedia…

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TITLE: Preparing for the First Concert of the Year

SOURCE: Nottelmann Music

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DATE: October 16, 2019

This important article is from Nottelmann Music clinician Joe Pappas.  Music Educators, do you include these key considerations when you prepare that first concert of the year?  Share and comment below! Student preparation for the first concert of the year can be stressful to all. As a director, new or seasoned, we always feel the pressure preparing the music and…

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TITLE: Tim Lautzenheiser Speaks on the Power of Learning

SOURCE: Curated

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DATE: October 15, 2019

Curated from Conn-Selmer’s CSI Connect – by Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser – Conn-Selmer’s VP of Education, Tim Lautzenheiser, encourages us to discover the power of learning and the reason there is no end to power of music in our students lives.

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TITLE: 10 Easy Ear-Training Exercises for Choir

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DATE: October 15, 2019

Great info here for choir directors.  Read on, pass on to colleagues.  Curated from Smartmusic’s Music Educator Blog – by Andy Beck. As a former high school choir director, I recognize both the challenges and rewards of teaching aural skills within the context of large group rehearsals. While time is often tight, and concert schedules tend to dictate priorities, there…

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TITLE: Music Ed Mentor Bonus Podcast: Grants – How to Get What You Want

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DATE: October 14, 2019

So many of our customers have success stories from applying for grants.  Here’s how to have yours!  Curated from The Music Educator Blog – by Elisa Janson Jones – Have you ever wished you could just wave a magic wand and have someone give you everything you’ve ever wanted for your music program? What would you ask for? What would…

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