You can tell from their playing whether a student is progressing, but can you really get a read on whether or not what we have been teaching is really sinking in?
After years of teaching band, you must now teach beginning orchestra, too. Panic sets in as you realize you don't know how to position your fingers, and you fear making screeching sounds in front of your students.
Musicians are supposed to have good timing. But do you just practice with your metronome or do you interact with it during your practice sessions?
It is inevitable in the life of every string player that they will encounter a sudden distracting buzzing sound coming from their instrument.
While in high school in the 1990s, Kevin Marcus Sylvester programmed his cell phone to play a Busta Rhymes rap song.
With so many superhero movies hitting the theaters, it's ironic to hear ensemble directors tell their students, "Don't be a hero," when someone is sticking out in the overall sound.
I've always been enthusiastic about new technologies in musical instruments and their applications for students.
In the blog post, Trombonist Wycliffe Gordon Does it All, we shared Gordon's dedication to teaching young musicians. Gordon works to continually evolve his techniques but relies on a few tried-and-true philosophies.
In "Case Study: How to Grow a High School Orchestra Program," we described the steps taken by Kenny Baker to expand the orchestra program at Robert McQueen High School in Reno. Here are his five tips for success.
Young percussion students who have a private instructor usually study solo on marimba, snare drum, drum set or timpani.
When Dr. Kenneth Tse joined band for the first time at the age of 13, he wanted to play the trumpet; however, he was told that he had the right hands and teeth for making an ideal sound on the saxophone.
Bringing a guest artist to work with your students can be a win-win for all involved. Students and teachers have the chance to learn new skills and be inspired, while your administration and community will see your work firsthand.