Aleah Fitzwater is a licensed music educator, private music teacher and photographer. In her spare time, she likes to arrange alternative rock and pop-punk songs for flute choir and cook French cuisine. You can find more of Aleah’s music writings at ScanScore and on her website, Aleah Fitzwater.

5 Ways to Keep Elementary Students Engaged

After the first month or two of the school year, it can be very challenging to keep your elementary students engaged. Here are five lessons that I have used to keep my students motivated and excited about learning music, even on a Monday morning!

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Marching Band Uniforms Do's and Don'ts

Picking out new uniforms for your marching band can be an overwhelming task, especially as a new band director. There are so many things to consider. You want something that is universally flattering for every member of the band. But should you go with a sash or no sash? Leg stripe or no leg stripe? Below are some do’s and don’ts when it comes to choosing uniforms for your high school marching band.

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Making the Switch: Flute to French Horn

Unlike woodwinds and trumpets, French horns and other medium to low brass instruments are not popular with middle school and high school band members.

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An Instrumentalist in a Vocal World: Getting Comfortable with My Voice

In college, my focus was instrumental music education. For over four years, I prepared myself to become a band director.

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7 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Started Teaching

How many times have you said to yourself, “I wish I knew THAT before I started teaching”?

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Tips to Be a More Effective Private Music Instructor

Hello! My name is Aleah Fitzwater, and I am a licensed instrumental music educator. In this guest blog post, I want to share some tips on how to recruit, retain and captivate the students in your private lessons studio. Let’s go!

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