Percussionist Julie Hill Brings the World Home

As a child in the small town of Martin, Tennessee, Dr. Julie Hill dreamed of traveling the world. 

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Build Your Jazz Music Library and Knowledge

In Case Study: Crafting a Jazz Studies Program, Janis Stockhouse, director of jazz ensembles at Bloomington High School North, didn't know much about jazz when she was tasked with teaching it. 

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Metronome Exercises for Percussionists to Develop Timing Skills

Musicians are supposed to have good timing. But do you just practice with your metronome or do you interact with it during your practice sessions?

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My String Instrument is Making a Weird Sound — What is It?

It is inevitable in the life of every string player that they will encounter a sudden distracting buzzing sound coming from their instrument. 

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Tips to Reinvent a Music Program

In the blog posting "Case Study: Reinvent a Music Program," we described the numerous innovations introduced by Dr. Melissa Gustafson-Hinds, director of bands for O'Fallon Township High School in Illinois. 

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Black Violin's Kev Marcus Offers Teaching Tips

In the blog post, Black Violin Dares Students to Dream Big, Kev Marcus shared how he formed Black Violin with Wil B. Marcus learned many valuable lessons from his music teachers throughout the years. 

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Leadership Opportunities with First Concerts

The start of a new school year always presents an opportunity to set the course for a successful year of music-making, and nothing is better for charting that course than effective leadership from directors and students.

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Black Violin Dares Students to Dream Big

While in high school in the 1990s, Kevin Marcus Sylvester programmed his cell phone to play a Busta Rhymes rap song. 

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Blending Brass

With so many superhero movies hitting the theaters, it's ironic to hear ensemble directors tell their students, "Don't be a hero," when someone is sticking out in the overall sound. 

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The Venova: Game Changer for Elementary School Students

I've always been enthusiastic about new technologies in musical instruments and their applications for students. 

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Drawing Inspiration from the Yamaha Young Performing Artist Program

I started working full time with Yamaha in 1997 after being a Yamaha Performing Drum Set Artist for a number of years.

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Jazz Trombonist Wycliffe Gordon's Teaching Tips

In the blog post, Trombonist Wycliffe Gordon Does it All, we shared Gordon's dedication to teaching young musicians. Gordon works to continually evolve his techniques but relies on a few tried-and-true philosophies.

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6 Tips for Ear Training

"Tonight, we are young. So let's set the world on fire …" There's a minor sixth in Fun.'s hit song "We Are Young." 

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Five Tips to Grow an Orchestra Program

In "Case Study: How to Grow a High School Orchestra Program," we described the steps taken by Kenny Baker to expand the orchestra program at Robert McQueen High School in Reno. Here are his five tips for success.

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Trombonist Wycliffe Gordon Does it All

On a seemingly normal mid-April day, a group of jazz students at Columbia College Chicago are fixated on the man who's talking, world-class jazz trombonist Wycliffe Gordon

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Top 10: What Percussionists Need to Know Before Their First Ensemble Rehearsal

Young percussion students who have a private instructor usually study solo on marimba, snare drum, drum set or timpani. 

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Students Help Teach Music to Students with Disabilities

United Sound is a school-based instrumental music club for students with intellectual or developmental disabilities and their peers. 

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Kenneth Tse: Master of the Saxophone

When Dr. Kenneth Tse joined band for the first time at the age of 13, he wanted to play the trumpet; however, he was told that he had the right hands and teeth for making an ideal sound on the saxophone. 

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Five Tips to Plan for a Guest Artist

Bringing a guest artist to work with your students can be a win-win for all involved. Students and teachers have the chance to learn new skills and be inspired, while your administration and community will see your work firsthand.

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