Building the Next Generation of Music Educators


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    The Talented Mr. Vizzutti

    Allen Vizzutti's music and teachings appeal to all generations. 

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    What is FPNDoC?

    During the First Performance National Day of Celebration, beginners can showcase their musical skills and get a much-deserved boost of confidence.

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    Sight Reading Success

    Incorporate these 8 sight-reading tips into daily practice
    and foster skills for a lifetime of musical success.

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Build Bridges

Music educators must forge partnerships with administration, parents and other teachers to ensure that their music programs prosper.

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Wycliffe Gordon's Teaching Tips

Apply Wycliffe Gordon's four tried-and-true teaching philosophies to grow as a music educator.

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Add Sound Reinforcement

Use strategic volume enhancements to give your band a competitive edge. 

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New School? No Problem!

Try these five tips to build a program from scratch. 

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Letter to Myself: Anthony Maiello

Yamaha Master Educator Anthony Maiello looks back on his long career and offers sage advice to his younger self. 

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Off-Season Care and Maintenance for Percussion Instruments

Keep up maintenance and care of your percussion equipment after every season to ensure that it remains in top shape.

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Kenneth Tse: Master of the Saxophone

While growing up in Hong Kong, Kenneth Tse relied on his inner drive and unyielding love of music. Since then he has risen to international prominence in the saxophone world.

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Larry Gookin

Advice from Yamaha Master Educator Larry Gookin

To "say something" is the foundation of Larry Gookin's teaching philosophy.

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Mobilizing a Community to Win Yamaha Instruments

At Teasley Middle School in Canton, Georgia, a new band director rallied his community to win Yamaha instruments for an expanding band program.

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Lessons Learned from Past, Present and Future Festivals

Look to the past and the future to help with your students' performance assessments during your current festival performance.

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How to Lubricate Trombone Slides

Regularly lubricate your trombone slides to keep them moving lightning fast! 

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