5 Ways to Stay Positive

“Put one foot in front of the other…” Do you remember that song from the 1970 stop-motion film “Santa Claus is Comin' to Town”?

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40 Under 40 — Nominate a Deserving Music Educator Today!

Do you know a young music educator who inspires students, colleagues and the community? Someone who oversees a program that is continually growing and improving?  

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Four Steps in Caring for Mallet Percussion Instruments

After a semester of percussion activities, it’s time to assess all your instruments, including marimbas, vibraphones and xylophones, and take proactive steps to protect your equipment.

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Why Everyone Needs to Practice Self-Regulation!

A toddler kicking and screaming in the middle of the produce section of the grocery store is not cute. But we understand that children are still developing.

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6 Ways to Overcome Overwhelm

“I’m just so overwhelmed.” Bet you’ve heard — or said — that lately. Life sometimes feels like bailing water from a leaky rowboat.

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Import Notation Files into Dorico

I am continuing my quest to learn and use the Dorico notation program.

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Stay Connected During Online Instruction

To paraphrase English poet John Donne, no man or woman is an island. He wrote that we are all “a piece of the continent, a part of the main.”

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Lab Controllers Offer Flexibility and Convenience

Music students work well in groups — they encourage each other, learn from each other and play in ensembles.

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6 Keys to Creating a Game Plan for Your Ensemble

I approach teaching like a coach would their sports team. As music educators, we must always remind ourselves that music is an activity — it is an ACTIVE pastime for students. 

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The Power of a Stress-Relieving Routine

Flexibility. Focus. Creativity. And so many things to keep moving. Let’s face it: Music educators are consummate jugglers.

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Larry Williams’ Juggling Act

If hornist Larry Williams were a superhero, he might be called The Juggler. 

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Dealing with Difficult Band Parents

Michael Stone has experienced interpersonal conflicts from both sides of the podium. 

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Pick the Right Drumsticks and Mallets

A percussionist’s gig bag brims with sticks, mallets, brushes, keys, heads and tape. When choosing the implements to include in their arsenal, drummers have important factors to consider.

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Larry Williams Encourages Representation

“The world of musicians is small,” says Larry Williams, a French horn performer and teacher. 

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Practical Tips for Traveling with Students

One of the most rewarding parts of participating in school music programs is the opportunity to travel. Whether for an invited performance or competition or as a spectator, the memories will last a lifetime.

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Letter to Myself: Travis J. Cross

Dr. Travis J. Cross is a Yamaha Master Educator and the Chair of Music, Professor of Conducting, Director of Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band at the University of California, Los Angeles.

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Q&A with Principal Jim Kuzma

Dr. Jim Kuzma, the principal of Rancho High School in Las Vegas, Nevada, fully credits performing arts for many of the school’s achievements. 

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Embrace Failing

At Sanders Memorial Elementary School in Land O’ Lakes, Florida, faculty and students embrace failure.

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Timeless Lessons from Larry Williams

"Being a 21st century artist is different than when I went to school,” says Larry Williams, a French horn performer and teacher. 

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Practice Effectively: Go Slow to Go Fast

Two of the most beneficial tools to help students learn music more quickly and with a higher level of quality are slow practice and gradual increases of music difficulty.

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