Professional Development

"Being a 21st century artist is different than when I went to school,” says Larry Williams, a French horn performer and teacher. 
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.
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). 
Being a first-year music teacher is challenging. A big hurdle 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.
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.
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.
Over the past two months, it feels like I have watched more webinars than I have in the last two years. I am sure that is the case for many of you.
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. 
Most music educators, choir directors, composers or music students have likely used a music notation program for a variety of reasons including:
Electric string ensembles in school music programs are not the far-fetched idea they once were. 

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