Building the Next Generation of Music Educators


  • Larry Williams’ Juggling Act

    See how hornist Larry Williams

    balances his many roles -- performer,

    instructor, collaborator and administrator. 

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  • Bring Plans, Not Problems

    Keep open lines of communication with administrators and the school board to ensure they are aware of your program's plans, goals and needs.

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  • Online Teaching Resources

    Check out this list of resources, free lesson plans

    and more to help music educators as they tackle

    and embrace online teaching.   

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  • Funding Resource Roundup

    This collection of resources will help
    music educators navigate the various
    grant and funding opportunities available. 

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Deal with Difficult Band Parents

Develop finely tuned conflict-resolution skills when you must have difficult conversations with band parents. 

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9 Ways to Combat Burnout

Burnout is inevitable in the extreme ebb and flow of being in a creative, passionate and demanding field. Here are some ways to fight it. 

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Wycliffe Gordon's Teaching Tips

Apply Wycliffe Gordon's four tried-and-true teaching philosophies to grow as a music educator.

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Mentor Program

Mater Dei students partner with Music Academy students to hone their leadership skills.

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Grant Writing: A 3-Step Game Plan

Finding and applying for grants is something that all music educators should do. But how do you get started? Try these tactics that have proven to be successful for an Iowa school district.

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6 Tips for Ear Training

Try these tips for ear training and intonation and get serious results.

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Black Violin Dares Students to Dream Big

Black Violin received encouragement and untold opportunities as they developed their musical skills. Now they want to pay it forward to a new generation of violinists.

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Case Study: Reinventing a Music Program

At O'Fallon Township High School in Illinois, the band director goes above and beyond the call of duty to give students access to music at all levels.

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Add Sound Reinforcement

Add sound reinforcement in a strategic way to give your band a competitive edge. Volume enhancements can result in a more unique experience for the audience, too.

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Advice from Yamaha Master Educator Douglas Droste

Don't forget about the emotional aspect of teaching music. Douglas Droste learned to dig deeper to fully appreciate the technical and emotional sides of music. 

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Fix Winds in a Pinch

Build a toolkit and sharpen your skills to make small repairs to your students' woodwinds and brass instruments.

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