Flutist Mimi Stillman's Sweet Sounds

Flutist Mimi Stillman compares her role of managing the chamber music group Dolce Suono (“Sweet Sounds”) to running a small country.

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Mimi Stillman: Accomplished and Approachable

Mimi Stillman was only 12 years old when she started working toward her bachelor’s degree at the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia.

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Fix It: Timpani Teaching Tips

As you prepare for the next musical journey with your students, here are some ideas to help your young timpanists.

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8 Cost-Effective Tips to Improve Your Recordings

“Going virtual” was something that terrified even the most seasoned and skilled music educators, but it is now a reality for all of us.

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Letter to Myself: Jeffrey Grogan

Yamaha Master Educator Jeffrey Grogan is professor of music and director of orchestral activities at Oklahoma City University. He is also artistic director and conductor of the Oklahoma Youth Orchestras

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Fix It: Trombone Teaching Tips

What makes the trombone special? The sound of the trombone is one of the most profound and glorious of the brass family.

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Reset and Rethink New Year’s Resolutions

You’d be forgiven for thinking that making New Year’s resolutions is a recent phenomenon — perhaps started by some 1970s ad campaign. But no.

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5 Positive Lessons from 2020

I’d like to share an uplifting collection of lessons that K-12 music educators have experienced during this tumultuous year, proving that even in chaos, the power and reach of music prevail!

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Q&A with Sportscaster Al Bernstein

Al Bernstein is best known as the voice of boxing — on ESPN, NBC and now Showtime. In 2012, he was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame.

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Students Become Teachers as They Level Up

Strike, an extracurricular percussion ensemble at Caledonia (Michigan) Community Schools, has been in operation for 23 years. 

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Best Practices for Online Rehearsals

And there it was … the email that said we were limited to online-only rehearsals for summer band camp. With COVID-19 numbers rising locally and our governor restricting mass gatherings, putting hundreds of band members in a room together would not be possible.

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Adapting to Change

No stranger to change, Briana Engelbert Vogt accepted a position in June 2019 as assistant band director at Franklin (Tennessee) High School, just months before her maternity leave.

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Build Diversity in Your Repertoire

Indiana University Bloomington music students circulated a petition calling for more diversity across the music school’s curriculum.

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The Creative Repertoire Initiative

Seemingly overnight in March 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic swept through our world, leaving us isolated at home and plagued with fear and uncertainty about the future.

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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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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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Fix It: Clarinet Teaching Tips

The clarinet is the coolest and perhaps most versatile instrument in the band. It has an amazing 3.5-octave range, the greatest dynamic capabilities of any band instrument, and is used in many different genres of music from jazz to klezmer to classical.

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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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