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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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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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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Advice from Yamaha Master Educator Marguerite Wilder

Remembering the Enthusiasm and Passion of a Beginner 

After three weeks of beginning band, an aspiring fifth grade trombone student in my class attended an after-school band time. 

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Advice from Yamaha Master Educator Craig Kirchhoff

Technique is Secondary to the Music

In the spring of 1973, I took my high school band  to the University of Wisconsin-Madison for a clinic session with H. Robert Reynolds, then Director of Bands at the University of Wisconsin. 

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Advice from Yamaha Master Educator Larry Gookin

Say Something 

When I was 15, my high school band director, Don Lawrence, told me to "say something" when I was playing a trombone solo with the jazz band. 

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Advice from Yamaha Master Educator Anthony Maiello

Watch How Successful Musicians Conduct Themselves 

In my 52 years as a music educator, I have had many wonderful opportunities to grow and learn about music and life. 

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Advice from Yamaha Master Educator Daniel Berard

Be You  

Always strive to be the best version of you, but be you. 

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What To Do When Marching Drums Get Wet

At some point during the school year, it's likely that your high school or college drumline will get caught in the rain during a football game, parade or rehearsal. 

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Pros and Cons for Pickups, Microphones and Electric Strings

We orchestral string players are used to playing acoustically … until we're asked to play in a situation where the sound from our instrument isn't going to project enough or cut through a louder group of instrumentalists.

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