Professional Development

The key to sight-reading success? Consistent daily practice. 
As we prepare for upcoming festival performances, we must remember that this is all about students attaining full facility of the skills required to become independent music-makers within the framework of the ensemble.
In the blog post, Boston Brass' Quest to Educate Young Musicians, the members of the Boston Brass shared that education is essential to their mission. 
As you might have guessed, the Boston Brass is a brass quintet originally formed in Boston. 
Many years ago I was presenting a workshop entitled "The Power of Strings: Plugging In!" at a statewide music educators conference. 
In my more than 30 years working in music education, I have observed a great deal of change. However, one constant is the overwhelming impact that music teachers have on the overall success of their students.
In much the same way that a sports team needs skill players to perform specific tasks, quality school bands and orchestras need a given ratio of instrumentalists to carry out their defined functions in the ensemble. 
Few opportunities in education foster accountability through true and authentic presentation of student work in real time better than a well-planned and executed concert performance. 
Jeff Coffin remembers listening to AM radio in the car as a child and being attracted to the emotional component of music. 
The Importance of Subdivision In the last five years of my teaching, I have emphasized the importance of subdivision for performers. 

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