Dealing with Difficult Band Parents

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

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Larry Williams Encourages Representation

“The world of musicians is small,” says Larry Williams, a French horn performer and teacher. “The orchestra world is even smaller, and [for] those who play the French horn, [it] is even smaller. When it comes to Black French horn players, I know every one of us.”

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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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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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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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The United Sound Method for Private Lesson Teachers

Inclusion is at the heart of United Sound, a peer mentoring program that provides musical performance experiences for students with special needs (called New Musicians). The United Sound method was created for use in a school setting, but the same training can be used by private lesson teachers.

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10 Guidelines for 1st-Year Directors

Being a first-year music teacher is challenging. One of the biggest hurdles is applying the knowledge you gained during your formal education while building practical knowledge, which is usually learned on-the-fly once you enter the workforce.

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Positive Mental Health Strategies

The beginning of the school year is a good time for music educators to create a better routine for good mental health for themselves and their students.

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9 Strategies to Combat Burnout

When it comes to teaching and/or performing in the field of music, almost everyone has or will have to deal with “burnout,” which is a mental collapse due to stress.

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10 Tips to Start a Middle School Drumline

Middle school band is often where students begin their musical journey. It is a time when the three basic elements of music — rhythm, melody and harmony — begin to take shape and make sense to students. 

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Electric String Ensemble Checklist

Electric string ensembles in school music programs are not the far-fetched idea they once were. Hundreds of high school and middle school programs have added electric quartets, quintets and more to their existing orchestra programs. In this article, we’ll take a look at the things you’ll need to get started.

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Cellist Mike Block's Musical Quest

“The quest to explore different traditions from around the world outside of classical music has really felt like a quest to discover more about myself,” says Mike Block, an associate professor at Berklee College of Music and the New England Conservatory

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Tips to Get the Most Out of a Conference

 

Tradeshows can be powerful ways for music educators to hone new skills, network and find inspiration. But as attendees go to sessions and roam exhibit halls, the experience can be overwhelming. 

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Assessments: Focus on Goals, not Grades

Music educators are no strangers to evaluation. Often, these evaluations happen when a cul­minating activity — like a festival, concert or recital — presents a finished product for consideration.

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Create A Chamber Program

Chamber ensembles allow students to practice and perform with like-minded musicians while providing camaraderie. Being in smaller groups builds perform­ance and technical skills, boosts confidence and con­nects musicians, says Dr. Matthew Geiger, director of percussion studies at East Tennessee State University in Johnson City.

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Q&A with Actor Erich Bergen

Every year I attend the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Advocacy Fly-In in Washington, D.C. For the last two years, I have had the pleasure of spending time with Erich Bergen, an actor and singer best known for playing Bob Gaudio in “Jersey Boys.” He recently ended his role as Blake Moran, policy advisor and executive assistant to the president on CBS’ “Madam Secretary.”

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Letter to Myself: Marcia Neel

Marcia Neel is senior director of education for Yamaha Corporation of America and Yamaha Master Educator. She is president of Music Education Consultants Inc., and serves as the education advisor to the Music Achievement Council.Below, she writes a letter to her younger self about the joys of music education. 

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Resources for Online Teaching

Updated 8/4/2020 at 12:09 p.m. PDT

We want to do our part to help music educators as you explore options and search for resources to facilitate online teaching.

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The ABCs of Classroom Management

As a veteran teacher, I'm often asked about my concept of classroom management by prospective and new teachers. My short answer is this: Managing your classroom isn't about any one thing but rather about your philosophy of how you deal with everything. 

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