Many technology tools exist to ease your workload and move your music program beyond surviving to thriving.
Perhaps you are a violinist, violist, cellist or bassist considering the world of electric strings. After deciding to "plug in," your next question is probably: "Plug in to what?"
As a percussionist, there are three things that we should always work on — reading, rolls and ear/listening.
As we prepare for upcoming festival performances, we must remember that this is all about students attaining full facility of the skills required to become independent music-makers within the framework of the ensemble.
In the blog post, Boston Brass' Quest to Educate Young Musicians, the members of the Boston Brass shared that education is essential to their mission.
As you might have guessed, the Boston Brass is a brass quintet originally formed in Boston.
Many years ago I was presenting a workshop entitled "The Power of Strings: Plugging In!" at a statewide music educators conference.
In my more than 30 years working in music education, I have observed a great deal of change. However, one constant is the overwhelming impact that music teachers have on the overall success of their students.
In much the same way that a sports team needs skill players to perform specific tasks, quality school bands and orchestras need a given ratio of instrumentalists to carry out their defined functions in the ensemble.
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.
Jeff Coffin remembers listening to AM radio in the car as a child and being attracted to the emotional component of music.
In the last five years of my teaching, I have emphasized the importance of subdivision for performers.
Early in my conducting career and marriage, my wife, Amanda, and I were talking to one of my colleagues about a major orchestral work.
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.
What has led to the greatest growth in my students and in my teaching was developing the mindset of a conceptual teacher.
Positive Working Relationships
One of the most important lessons I've learned during my career is the significance of positive working relationships.