Building the Next Generation of Music Educators


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    Christian Howes: Violin Virtuoso

    Classically trained violinist Christian Howes breaks free of genre conventions to practice and teach creativity.

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    Letter to Myself: Douglas Droste

    Yamaha Master Educator Douglas Droste offers six pointers
    with his younger self about being a successful educator. 

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    Chamber Ensembles Develop Leaders

    Performing in small groups can pack a big punch
    in musical growth and leadership capabilities.

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The Do's and Don'ts of a Concert

Consider all of the elements of a concert and you will nourish your students' development and enhance the audience's enjoyment.

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Build Teamwork with Drum Circles

Use drum circles to improve musical skills, develop student leaders, and showcase fun and camaraderie. 

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Encourage Professionalism

Teach your students that professionalism is as important as musical skills. 

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Your Own Jazz Library

Get these essential books and attend key conferences to learn about teaching jazz.

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What to Do When Marching Drums Get Wet

Drums are made of wood and metal — two materials that water wreaks havoc on. When your drums get wet, you must take quick action to ensure that they are dried properly and ready to go for the next performance.

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Rep. Mark Amodei

Q&A with U.S. Representative Mark Amodei

Congressman Mark Amodei shares his music-making memories as a public school student in northern Nevada.

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Black Violin Dares Students to Dream Big

Black Violin received encouragement and untold opportunities as they developed their musical skills. Now they want to pay it forward to a new generation of violinists.

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Students Help Teach Music to Students with Disabilities

United Sound helps individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities by promoting social involvement through shared ensemble performance experiences.

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Kevin Sedatole

Advice from Yamaha Master Educator Kevin Sedatole

Kevin Sedatole recommends emphasizing subdivision before students actually play.

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Building a Band Program from Scratch

Yamaha Master Educator Daniel Berard started the music program at a brand-new high school. His tips can help new and established programs.

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High School Student Leaders Can Help Recruit Younger Music Students

Use current high school students leaders to recruit and retain music students from elementary and middle schools.

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