Savy Leiser is an author, journalist, editor and creative writing teacher living in Chicago. She graduated from Northwestern University in 2015, where she spent four years playing saxophone in the Wildcat Marching Band and was a member of the music sorority Sigma Alpha Iota. In addition to writing for Yamaha SupportED and Halftime Magazine, she...

Savy Leiser is an author, journalist, editor and creative writing teacher living in Chicago. She graduated from Northwestern University in 2015, where she spent four years playing saxophone in the Wildcat Marching Band and was a member of the music sorority Sigma Alpha Iota. In addition to writing for Yamaha SupportED and Halftime Magazine, she writes children's and young adult books.

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Tips from Trumpeter Allen Vizzutti

In the blog post, The Many Faces of Trumpeter Allen Vizzutti, involving family, band directors and other musicians has been key to Vizzutti's career and success. 

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The Many Faces of Trumpeter Allen Vizzutti

As a teenager in Missoula, Montana, Allen Vizzutti received the rare opportunity to befriend one of his idols.

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Percussionist Julie Hill’s Unique Teaching Strategies

In Percussionist Julie Hill Brings the World Home, we outline how Hill inspires percussionists on many levels: as a university educator, performer and past president of the Percussive Arts Society (PAS). 

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Percussionist Julie Hill Brings the World Home

As a child in the small town of Martin, Tennessee, Dr. Julie Hill dreamed of traveling the world. 

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Tips to Reinvent a Music Program

In the blog posting "Case Study: Reinvent a Music Program," we described the numerous innovations introduced by Dr. Melissa Gustafson-Hinds, director of bands for O'Fallon Township High School in Illinois. 

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Case Study: Reinventing a Music Program

At O'Fallon (Illinois) Township High School, when school ends, music can still be heard drifting through the halls as high school musicians guide middle schoolers in after-school private lessons. 

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Five Tips to Grow an Orchestra Program

In "Case Study: How to Grow a High School Orchestra Program," we described the steps taken by Kenny Baker to expand the orchestra program at Robert McQueen High School in Reno. Here are his five tips for success.

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Case Study: How to Grow a High School Orchestra Program

The halls of Robert McQueen High School in Reno, Nevada, are buzzing with excitement and anticipation for the summer. It's not the typical end-of-the-school-year eagerness that has these teenagers bouncing in their seats. 

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