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Nottelmann Blog Top 10 Posts of 2019

Nottelmann Blog Top 10 Posts of 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 Your Program –

“The Most Important Piece of Equipment You Can Own!”

 

THIS IS THE DEFINITIVE POSTING ON THE HARMONY DIRECTOR!  Find out why Dr. John Zastoupil, Director of Concert Bands at Missouri State, describes the Yamaha Harmony Director as “the most important piece of equipment you can own!”  View this EXCLUSIVE Podcast-Plus that takes your right into the Missouri State rehearsal room as John demonstrates how the HD works and how […] MORE

#2 – Music Education Mentoring in Missouri –

A Crucial Program

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 […] MORE

#3 – Recruitment and Retention

– with Joe Pappas and Ray Benton

his Music Education two-part podcast focuses on valuable tips and ideas on how to build student numbers in a band or orchestra program. Joe Pappas is a very successful band director, adjudicator, music education consultant, composer and publisher from the St. Louis Metro area.  Listen as Joe and Ray draw from over 60 years of combined teaching experience to discuss real-world, practical tips you can implement in your program TOMORROW!  Watch or listen to both – Part 1-RECRUITMENT, Part 2-RETENTION.  MORE…

#4 – Working with the Over-Scheduled Child

– with Larry Johnson

The topic of “The Over-scheduled Child” is becoming more and more important to music educators.  This podcast will provide you with concepts and tips about how to recognize this concern and how to adjust your teaching to minimize the effect of the over-scheduled child in your music program.  Larry Johnson is both a pro saxophone player and a veteran band director.  He’s in his 35th year as a middle school Band Director at St. Joseph School in St. Charles, Missouri.   MORE..

#5 – Six Important Parent Tips for the Young Musician

– by Ray Benton

This is a good one to pass on to parents. “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?  MORE…

#6 – Looking Back at Woodstock Day 3 – August 17, 1969

Whether you agree with the message or not, whether you condone the life-style or not, this historic event and its music is said to have “defined a generation.” This third installment on our 4-day look-back at Woodstock ’69 focuses on the legendary MUSIC that was performed there. The Story – The Collage Video – The Artists.  VIEW AND LISTEN…

#7 – Editor’s Choice – 10 Concert Band Pieces You May Have Missed – Grade 2/Easy

-by Ray Benton

Ray, who serves as editor for The Nottelmann Blog at Music Educators Corner, has 32 years of experience teaching band in the St. Louis area.  Most of these picks were performed while directing his successful band program at Rockwood South Middle School.  MORE…

#8 – Why Music? Be Inspired! Don’t You Dare Miss This!

A short, heart-warming, inspirational video.  An answer to “Why Music?”  Don’t miss this!  VIEW VIDEO…

#9 – How to Keep Instruments OUT of the Shop and IN Your Students’ Hands

-with the Nottelmann Repair Staff

Tips from the Repair Shop is a series of EXCLUSIVE presentations from Nottelmann Music.  Click to show these valuable, easy to follow videos – Share in class -Share the links for students to view at home.  VIEW VIDEOS…

# 10 – Six Important Parent Tips for the Young Musician

– by Ray Benton

Here’s one to pass on to parents.  “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?  MORE…

HONORABLE MENTION

Popular posts that could have easily made our TOP 10.

 

Go With The Flow – What To Do When Your Plans Change

-with Joe Simino

How do you handle changes to your lesson plan, your school schedule, that out-of-town trip, or when you’re so tired you can’t do what you did plan to do?  Joe and Ray consider these other more real-world challenges and offer solutions on how music teachers can deal with the unexpected.  MORE..

Bridging The Gap between Middle School and High School

– Part 1: What DIRECTORS Can Do

Students continue to participate in our music education programs because they cannot imagine school without the meaningful engagement that our courses provide. Yet, for one reason or another, not all of our students continue their participation throughout their high school years. In fact, it’s the transition from middle school to high school that has been identified as being the most crucial period in retaining our students.  The key to successful retention is ACTION.  MORE…

 

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