Ignite a Passion for Practice

Rather than relying on external motivation, successful teachers inspire students to fuel their own flame to attain a higher level of mastery. 

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Q&A with Yamaha Master Education Gary Lewis

Gary Lewis is the director of Orchestral Studies and the Bob and Judy Charles Professor of Conducting in the College of Music at the University of Colorado Boulder. 

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Letter to Myself: Richard Floyd

Yamaha Master Educator Richard Floyd is state director of music emeritus at the University of Texas at Austin and the musical director and conductor of the Austin Symphonic Band

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Inclusive Repertoire

Dr. Emily Threinen, director of bands and associate professor of music at the University of Minnesota, talked about her teaching philosophy in the blog post, Emily Threinen: Music's North Star

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Q&A with Yamaha Master Educator Richard Floyd

Richard Floyd is state director of music emeritus at the University of Texas at Austin and the musical director and conductor of the Austin Symphonic Band

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Q&A with Yamaha Master Educator Marguerite Wilder

Marguerite Wilder is a widely recognized middle school conductor, clinician and consultant. She was director of Lovett Middle School Band and Woodward Academy Band, and taught at Tapp Middle School in Georgia. 

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Q&A with Yamaha Master Educator Larry Gookin

Larry Gookin, distinguished professor and emeritus professor of music at Central Washington University, retired in 2015 after 34 years as the university's director of bands.

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Q&A with Yamaha Master Educator Anthony Maiello

Anthony Maiello is professor of music at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. He was awarded the title of "university professor," the highest rank given to Mason faculty.

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Letter to Myself: Kevin Ford

Yamaha Master Educator Kevin Ford is the director of bands at Tarpon Springs (Florida) High School and the founder and director of the Tarpon Springs Leadership Conservatory for the Arts

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Letter to Myself: Douglas Droste

Yamaha Master Educator Douglas Droste is the director of orchestras and associate professor of music at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana.

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Letter to Myself: Anthony Maiello

Yamaha Master Educator Anthony Maiello is a University professor and professor of Music at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. 

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The Yamaha Master Educator Collective: Learn from Distinguished Teachers

UPDATE JANUARY 28, 2021: We are excited to announce that David Cutler, Serona EltonDonny Gruendler, Jeffrey Nytch, Pamela Pike, Stan Renard and Omar Thomas are the newest members of the esteemed Yamaha Master Educator Collective. 

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Meet Yamaha Master Educator Michael Pote

Michael Pote, an award-winning band director and highly sought-after speaker, clearly demonstrates that success in a large, high-profile program stems from understanding and utilizing the strengths of everyone involved.

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Meet Yamaha Master Educator Marguerite Wilder

The ultimate goal for beginning band students is the devel­op­ment of skills and under­standing that enable the student to experience musical artistry. 

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Meet Yamaha Master Educator Dr. Emily Threinen

Dr. Emily Threinen is director of bands and associate professor of music at University of Minnesota. She consistently works with composers, arrangers and performing artists of varied disciplines. 

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Meet Yamaha Master Educator Dr. Kevin Sedatole

Dr. Kevin Sedatole is director of bands, professor of music and chair of the conducting area at Michigan State University

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Meet Yamaha Master Educator Marcia Neel

Dynamic, energetic, exciting — these are the words used to describe Marcia Neel, one of the most knowledgeable professionals in the field of music education today. 

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Meet Yamaha Master Educator Anthony Maiello

With a broad and diverse arsenal of experiences spanning over five decades, Anthony Maiello's enthusiasm for teaching music is nothing short of contagious. 

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Meet Yamaha Master Educator Gary Lewis

A multi-faceted artist, Gary Lewis has done it all — from jazz performance and marching band, to musical theater and opera, to arranging for a variety of genres. 

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Meet Yamaha Master Educator Craig Kirchhoff

Having appeared as a guest conductor throughout the world, Craig Kirchhoff brings a deep understanding of both traditional and contemporary literature to his sessions, including one titled "Score Study: A Different Perspective." 

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