Portal to Another World: A Role-Playing Game Enhances Beginning Violin Lessons

There is nothing quite like creating a role-playing game (RPG) for a multi-modal elementary violin classroom. I did it and saw dramatic improvements in student engagement and musical skills, and you can, too.

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Making the Switch: Flute to French Horn

Unlike woodwinds and trumpets, French horns and other medium to low brass instruments are not popular with middle school and high school band members.

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Case Study: The Depth and Breadth of Music-Making at Orange Grove Elementary

Performing everything from Tchaikovsky to Christina Perri, students at Orange Grove Elementary School in Anaheim, California, have a variety of opportunities to stretch their musical skills.

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Case Study: Starting the Youth Chorus of Central Texas

The Youth Chorus of Central Texas (YCCT) serves singers in grades 3 through 12 who do not have access to sequential musical instruction in their educational environment or who seek additional experiences not afforded them otherwise.

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Equipment Wish List for the Adventurous Music Teacher

What’s on your wish list of school supplies? I’m talking beyond the basics like pencils and paper or more expensive items like a laminator or Cricut.

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The Power of Oxygen and Green Spaces Can Boost Student Performance

What if you could grant your music students special powers like laser-focused attention, impressive productivity and the ability to make smarter decisions?

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An Instrumentalist in a Vocal World: Getting Comfortable with My Voice

In college, my focus was instrumental music education. For over four years, I prepared myself to become a band director.

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Case Study: Using YouTube as a Teaching Tool

I created Swick’s Classroom, my YouTube channel, as a solution for a non-musical substitute during my four-week paternity leave in 2018.

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Case Study: Implementing Student-Led Backward Planning

For several years, I have taken the curriculum planning and classroom management approach of backward planning and modified it to a pedagogical approach for percussion students in grades 6 through 12 within the Wakeland High School cluster in Frisco, Texas.

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7 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Started Teaching

How many times have you said to yourself, “I wish I knew THAT before I started teaching”?

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Case Study: The Power of a Transformative Teacher

At Lake Worth Community High School in Florida, Dr. Tiffany Cox finds a way to provide access to music for young musicians, no matter the challenge.

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Dig Deeper: How to Read Your School Accountability Report Card

One of the most effective actions we can take as music teachers is to seek an understanding of our entire school and community and not just our music program.

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I Created an Organization System for Music Directors

One of the challenges of being a band, orchestra, choir or general music teacher is how to manage everything in the classroom.

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Fix It: Vibraphone Teaching Tips

Within the mallet instrument family (marimba, orchestra bells, xylophone, vibraphone), the vibraphone or “vibes” is the newest member and the most unique.

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Tips to Be a More Effective Private Music Instructor

Hello! My name is Aleah Fitzwater, and I am a licensed instrumental music educator. In this guest blog post, I want to share some tips on how to recruit, retain and captivate the students in your private lessons studio. Let’s go!

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Case Study: Rural Realities

Music educators in rural settings face a unique set of challenges.

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Create a Happiness Playlist

Mark Mallman is a Minneapolis-based songwriter, composer and performer. He’s written music for TV, has released eight albums, and his epic work, “Marathon III,” went on for 78 hours and spanned 576 pages of lyrics.

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Case Study: A 10-Year Growth Plan for Enrollment, Facilities, Instruments and Staffing

Claudia Taylor “Lady Bird” Johnson High School in San Antonio, Texas, opened in 2008 as the seventh comprehensive high school in the North East Independent School District (NEISD).

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Case Study: From a $67 Budget to Success — A Four-Year Journey

After two years of teaching elementary general music, I was ready for a change, so I applied to a music education master’s program and for more band jobs.

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Case Study: A Performing Arts Academy Offers Individual Learning and Career Exploration

Imagine training as a music educator while you’re still a senior in high school.

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