Transporting the Drumline for a Fort Worth Summer Percussion Camp

In Case Study: Summer Percussion Camp in Fort Worth, we learned about the hard work and logistics required to put on the Bass Performance Hall High School Percussion Camp in Forth Worth, Texas. 

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How to Change Timpani Drum Heads

Timpani heads do not need to be changed very often – we recommend every 1 to 2 years – but it's still important for band directors to know how to change them. 

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The Importance of Saxophone Mouthpieces

Music educators should not overlook selecting a proper saxophone mouthpiece for students in saxophone method classes and for beginners. 

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How to Choose the Right Mallet

Imagine that it's a new school year, a new band/ensemble season, and the percussionist arrives to rehearsal to see what music is in store for the first concert.

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Teaching Musicality to Percussionists

As an educator, I have never understood why young percussionists are not taught more about musicality. My wife is a flute teacher, and she teaches musicality to kids in sixth grade. 

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Q&A with Composer Eric Whitacre

I am interviewing prominent people, some in the music industry, others not. For my first Q&A, I talked to prolifc GRAMMY®-winning composer and conductor Eric Whitacre

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The Drive of Top Tubist Aaron Tindall

"I'm kind of hard-wired to do things at a pretty intense level," says Aaron Tindall. "In the low brass field, you just have to be relentless."  And Tindall expects the same passion from his students.

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Avoid Burnout

You became an instrumental educator because you love music and have a passion for sharing your talent with students. When your job inspires you, teaching may not even feel like work.

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Improve Students’ Tone

In music, tone is distinct and identifiable, and when played correctly and in harmony within an ensemble, it sets the overall mood and quality of a performance. However, mastering tone does not come easily.

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Aaron Tindall’s “10 Rules of Play”

In the blog post, The Drive of Top Tubist Aaron Tindall, Tindall describes how he has high expectations for his students.

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Master the Master Schedule

As music teachers, we often focus on the aspects of program development that we can directly control — what and how we teach. 

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Use Lunchtime to Work Together

In Case Study: Music Program Teamwork in Tennessee, we learned how the band, orchestra and choir directors at Ravenwood High School often plan and collaborate during the only time they are free­ — their common lunch period. 

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Letter to Myself: Anthony Maiello

Yamaha Master Educator Anthony Maiello is a University professor and professor of Music at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. 

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10 Things to Know When Buying Front Ensemble Equipment

Good things come in waves. After a few years at a new high school, your marching band is going great. The booster program is very active and has been raising money. 

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How to Lubricate Trombone Slides

Trombones are a critical voice in any band or symphonic ensemble, and compared to most other wind instruments, they are actually pretty simple machines.

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The Yamaha Master Educator Collective: Learn from Distinguished Teachers

UPDATE JANUARY 28, 2021: We are excited to announce that David Cutler, Serona EltonDonny Gruendler, Jeffrey Nytch, Pamela Pike, Stan Renard and Omar Thomas are the newest members of the esteemed Yamaha Master Educator Collective. 

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5 Reasons to Attend Your MEA Conference

It's true that new waves of technology make it easier to access information when you need it and however you need it. Need to learn a quick "hack" — simply Google it, right? 

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Meet Yamaha Master Educator Michael Pote

Michael Pote, an award-winning band director and highly sought-after speaker, clearly demonstrates that success in a large, high-profile program stems from understanding and utilizing the strengths of everyone involved.

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Teach Your Students the Best Way to Oil Valves

It's the night of the beginning band concert, and the curtain will go up soon. You're back stage shepherding all of your students, who are bubbling with nervous excitement, to their chairs. 

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A First-Year Map to Success for New Orchestra Directors

In Case Study: A Las Vegas Middle School Orchestra's Remarkable SuccessKathryn Greene outlined how she took her program to unprecedented heights, despite having no prior strings experience. 

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