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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Jazz Immersion

In the blog post, Case Study: Crafting a Jazz Studies Program, Janis Stockhouse, director of award-winning jazz ensembles Bloomington (Indiana) High School North, embraced teaching jazz. 

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Percussionist Julie Hill’s Unique Teaching Strategies

In Percussionist Julie Hill Brings the World Home, we outline how Hill inspires percussionists on many levels: as a university educator, performer and past president of the Percussive Arts Society (PAS). 

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Creative Assessment: Project-Based Learning

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?

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New to Teaching Strings?

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.

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Percussionist Julie Hill Brings the World Home

As a child in the small town of Martin, Tennessee, Dr. Julie Hill dreamed of traveling the world. 

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Build Your Jazz Music Library and Knowledge

In Case Study: Crafting a Jazz Studies Program, Janis Stockhouse, director of jazz ensembles at Bloomington High School North, didn't know much about jazz when she was tasked with teaching it. 

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Metronome Exercises for Percussionists to Develop Timing Skills

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?

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My String Instrument is Making a Weird Sound — What is It?

It is inevitable in the life of every string player that they will encounter a sudden distracting buzzing sound coming from their instrument. 

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Tips to Reinvent a Music Program

In the blog posting "Case Study: Reinvent a Music Program," we described the numerous innovations introduced by Dr. Melissa Gustafson-Hinds, director of bands for O'Fallon Township High School in Illinois. 

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Black Violin's Kev Marcus Offers Teaching Tips

In the blog post, Black Violin Dares Students to Dream Big, Kev Marcus shared how he formed Black Violin with Wil B. Marcus learned many valuable lessons from his music teachers throughout the years. 

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Black Violin Dares Students to Dream Big

While in high school in the 1990s, Kevin Marcus Sylvester programmed his cell phone to play a Busta Rhymes rap song. 

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Blending Brass

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. 

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The Venova: Game Changer for Elementary School Students

I've always been enthusiastic about new technologies in musical instruments and their applications for students. 

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