Building the Next Generation of Music Educators

  • Q&A with J. Dash

    Rapper, songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist J. Dash has a passion and commitment to help young people realize success through the arts. 

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  • Access Title IV Funds

    Follow this guide to

    navigate the funding

    opportunities that are

    guaranteed through the

    Every Student Succeeds Act. 

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  • Concert Do's and Don'ts

    Consider all of the elements of a concert to nourish student development.

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3 Improvisation Impediments and How to Fix Them

Denis DiBlasio stays flexible as a teacher and jazz saxophist by flipping three reasons why people don't succeed as improvisers. 

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Using Food to Teach Rhythm to Special Needs Students

United Sound partnered with Finale, a music notation software company, to create notes using images of food to help special-needs students understand rhythm. 

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Develop Student Leaders

A leadership curriculum will create a culture of excellence in your music program.

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Conducting for High School Students

Conducting lessons enhance students' musicality and build leadership and communication skills.

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Case Study: Reinventing a Music Program

At O'Fallon Township High School in Illinois, the band director goes above and beyond the call of duty to give students access to music at all levels.

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Pros and Cons for Pickups, Microphones and Electric Strings

When you need to project more sound from your violin, viola or cello, try a pickup, microphone or an electric instrument. 

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Jeff Coffin: Professor Rock Star

Despite his busy schedule as saxophonist for the Dave Matthews Band, Jeff Coffin finds time to educate student musicians as a professor at Vanderbilt University and as a guest clinician throughout the world.

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Use Creativity to Make Rehearsals More Meaningful

Capture your students' attention with consistency as well as some sparks of ingenuity.

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Explore Nontraditional Music Programs

Be more inclusive and engage more students with nontraditional programs like mariachi, taiko, ukulele and more.

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Advice from Yamaha Master Educator Douglas Droste

Don't forget about the emotional aspect of teaching music. Douglas Droste learned to dig deeper to fully appreciate the technical and emotional sides of music. 

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Top 10: What Percussionists Need to Know Before Their First Ensemble Rehearsal

A must-have list of practical advice for percussion students -- from resting and breathing to bringing black towels to rehearsals and doing what the conductor wants.

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