Meet Yamaha Master Educator Larry Gookin

Inspired by his own high school band director, Larry Gookin's primary focus when conducting wind bands of any level is for the performers to "say something." 

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Meet Yamaha Master Educator Kevin Ford

Kevin Ford has two strong tenants that guide his work as the director of bands and the founder/director of the Leadership Conservatory for the Arts at Tarpon Springs High School in Florida. 

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Meet Yamaha Master Educator Richard Floyd

Richard Floyd is the state director of music emeritus at The University of Texas at Austin. He is a recognized authority on the art and craft of teaching and making music. 

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Meet Yamaha Master Educator Cheryl Floyd

Cheryl Floyd is at home presenting on any instrumental music topic. But as the retired director of bands at Hill Country Middle School in Austin, Texas, she shines especially bright in the realm of "all things middle school." 

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Meet Yamaha Master Educator Douglas Droste

With a dynamic and engaging teaching style, Douglas Droste brings a level of enthusiasm to orchestral rehearsals, which stems from his determination to achieve musical success for every student, at every level, in every ensemble. 

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Meet Yamaha Master Educator Dr. Rodney Dorsey

Dr. Rodney Dorsey's expertise in music education stems from a diverse background of experiences, which include teaching at multiple distinct public high schools as well as directing college ensembles for decades. 

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Meet Yamaha Master Educator Dr. Travis J. Cross

Dr. Travis J. Cross is the chair of the department of music at UCLA, where he conducts the wind ensemble and symphonic band and directs the graduate wind conducting program. 

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Meet Yamaha Master Educator Daniel Berard

In his inspirational and practical presentations, Daniel Berard, the assistant director of bands at Wakeland High School in Frisco, Texas, shares his experience of starting with nothing but a blank piece of paper and a vision. 

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Fix Winds Instruments in a Pinch

As a school band director, you take on many roles, including instrument doctor. For students renting an instrument, the dealer most likely offers maintenance and repair insurance. 

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Streamline Rehearsals by Establishing a Routine

How many times has the thought, "If I only had one more week," passed through your mind when preparing your ensemble for an upcoming performance? 

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Build Teamwork with Drum Circles

On the first day of school, students may come to band class and sit timidly, not making eye contact. If the teacher facilitates a drum circle, then by the end of class, everyone will be smiling and bubbling with excitement.

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Violinist Christian Howes’ Three Pillars of Pedagogy

In the blog post, Christian Howes: Versatile Violin Virtuoso, renowned strings performer and educator Christian Howes explains why he started Creative Strings Academy. 

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Tips to Manage Workload and Find Work-Life Balance

The job of a music teacher can be overwhelming with so many activities to juggle. As we begin a new school year, it's the ideal time to reevaluate your responsibilities and make a plan for workload management. 

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Scheduling Advice from a High School Band Director

In Case Study: A Successful Band Program in a Border Town, we met Dena Laurel, head director of the Roma High School band, who built a successful program despite being located in a remote and impoverished area. 

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Add Sound Reinforcement

In its 2017 show titled "Resurgence," the Arcadia (California) High School Apache Marching Band used electronic sound design including amplification of soloists to create a unique aesthetic for its program. 

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Bring a Sense of Joy into Elementary Music Classes

Many successful people's careers were shaped in part by their experiences as young music-makers. 

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Chamber Ensembles Help Develop Student Leaders

Several students sit in a practice room, their chairs arranged in a small arc with their music sitting on stands among them. 

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Clarinetist Julie DeRoche Molds Music into Art

In the early 1980s, Julie DeRoche — who had recently received her degree in clarinet performance from Northwestern University — was juggling four jobs to make ends meet as she worked toward a fulltime career in music.

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Clarinetist Julie DeRoche’s Keys to Teaching

In Clarinetist Julie DeRoche Molds Music into Art, we outlined how DeRoche, utilizes her extensive background in the music industry and teaching to help take her students to the next level of musicianship. 

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Festival Etiquette

Performing at a festival is so much more than "performing the music." You should have high expectations for appearance and demeanor for performers as well as the audience. Here are some tips for your next formal performance.

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