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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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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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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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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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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Sean Jones' Advice to Educators: Encourage Professionalism with Students

In How Trumpeter Sean Jones Gets Respect, Jones recounts how he started performing as a child through church. 

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Make a Plan: 8 Ways to Maximize Rehearsal Time

Try to fit these eight recommendations into every rehearsal. If you keep things moving, it's amazing how much you can accomplish during a 45-minute class.

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Meet Yamaha Master Educator Marguerite Wilder

The ultimate goal for beginning band students is the devel­op­ment of skills and under­standing that enable the student to experience musical artistry. 

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Meet Yamaha Master Educator Dr. Emily Threinen

Dr. Emily Threinen is director of bands and associate professor of music at University of Minnesota. She consistently works with composers, arrangers and performing artists of varied disciplines. 

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Meet Yamaha Master Educator Dr. Kevin Sedatole

Dr. Kevin Sedatole is director of bands, professor of music and chair of the conducting area at Michigan State University

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Meet Yamaha Master Educator Marcia Neel

Dynamic, energetic, exciting — these are the words used to describe Marcia Neel, one of the most knowledgeable professionals in the field of music education today. 

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Meet Yamaha Master Educator Anthony Maiello

With a broad and diverse arsenal of experiences spanning over five decades, Anthony Maiello's enthusiasm for teaching music is nothing short of contagious. 

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Meet Yamaha Master Educator Gary Lewis

A multi-faceted artist, Gary Lewis has done it all — from jazz performance and marching band, to musical theater and opera, to arranging for a variety of genres. 

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Meet Yamaha Master Educator Craig Kirchhoff

Having appeared as a guest conductor throughout the world, Craig Kirchhoff brings a deep understanding of both traditional and contemporary literature to his sessions, including one titled "Score Study: A Different Perspective." 

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Meet Yamaha Master Educator Jerry Junkin

Whether conducting a group of professionals or students, Jerry Junkin is committed to ensuring that musicians under his baton make an emotional connection to the music. 

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Meet Yamaha Master Educator Barry Houser

Students, leadership, excellence and passion — the core of Barry Houser's teaching, as well as his working with directors, is based on the intermingling of these four components.  

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Meet Yamaha Master Educator Jeffrey Grogan

Jeffrey Grogan is an internationally known conductor and teacher who is dedicated to pursuing his craft and sharing the joy of musical excellence with young musicians. 

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