The Do’s and Don’ts of a Successful Concert

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. 

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Jeff Coffin: Professor Rock Star

Jeff Coffin remembers listening to AM radio in the car as a child and being attracted to the emotional component of music. 

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Advice from Yamaha Master Educator Kevin Sedatole

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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Advice from Yamaha Master Educator Michael Haithcock

Time as Money   

Early in my professional life, I struggled with how to balance all the demands of my job and my family, including two small children, not to mention my personal interests and growth. 

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Advice from Yamaha Master Educator Douglas Droste

Technique vs. Emotion  

Early in my conducting career and marriage, my wife, Amanda, and I were talking to one of my colleagues about a major orchestral work. 

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Advice from Yamaha Master Educator Cheryl Floyd

Don't Be Afraid to Ask

I was teaching general music at a private middle school in Tampa, Florida. Shortly after I was hired, the headmaster informed me that it was traditional for the 8th grade class to do a musical in the spring. 

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Advice from Yamaha Master Educator Kevin Ford

Begin with a Question  

What has led to the greatest growth in my students and in my teaching was developing the mindset of a conceptual teacher.

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Advice from Yamaha Master Educator Dr. Rodney Dorsey

Positive Working Relationships  

One of the most important lessons I've learned during my career is the significance of positive working relationships. 

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Music Education in Japan

As educators, we can always glean new insights from the teaching practices in other countries. 

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Jeff Coffin’s Words of Wisdom for Educators

In Jeff Coffin: Professor Rock Star, we learn how Coffin draws his teaching techniques from his career as a soloist, leader and performer with several groups including Béla Fleck and the Flecktones and Dave Matthews Band

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How to Choose the Right Mouthpiece

I worked in a music store for many years, and one of the most common requests we'd get from customers was help with picking a mouthpiece. 

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Off-Season Care and Maintenance for Percussion Instruments

After a long season of percussion activities, it's time for a much-needed break. Of course, this includes your percussion equipment. 

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Advice from Yamaha Master Educator Dr. Travis J. Cross

From Another Angle  

The first time I ever participated in a conducting workshop, the clinician tried to get me to conduct the shape of a multi-bar phrase, rather than every single beat and note along the way. 

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Advice from Yamaha Master Educator Richard Floyd

It's All About the Music  

I will never forget, as a young director, walking into an all-state band rehearsal. 

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Tips from Trumpeter Allen Vizzutti

In the blog post, The Many Faces of Trumpeter Allen Vizzutti, involving family, band directors and other musicians has been key to Vizzutti's career and success. 

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The Many Faces of Trumpeter Allen Vizzutti

As a teenager in Missoula, Montana, Allen Vizzutti received the rare opportunity to befriend one of his idols.

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Explore Nontraditional Music Programs

Like most secondary music educators, your teaching credential probably allows you to teach K-12 music — anything from elementary classroom music to high school band. 

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Phase Out Phasing Problems

Any elementary-level science class teaches students that sound and light travel at different speeds; in the context of marching band, this abstract concept becomes a real challenge. 

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Develop Student Leaders

When I began teaching in 1994 at Tarpon Springs (Florida) High School, seven students attended rehearsal. 

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Advice from Yamaha Master Educators Kevin Sedatole and Gary Lewis

Kevin Sedatole: Only You Can Do the Music  

Early on in my college teaching career, I was trying to prioritize what aspect of teaching to focus on.

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