Frank DiMaria is a freelance writer and computer teacher living in Fort Mill, South Carolina. On weekends he plays guitar in a progressive funk band.

Pick the Right Drumsticks and Mallets

A percussionist’s gig bag brims with sticks, mallets, brushes, keys, heads and tape. When choosing the implements to include in their arsenal, drummers have important factors to consider.

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Create A Chamber Program

Chamber ensembles allow students to practice and perform with like-minded musicians while providing camaraderie. 

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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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Case Study: Peers Support Peers at a United Sound Chapter in Missouri

Socialization is typically a by­product of a music program. However, in one music class at Parkway Central Middle School in Chesterfield, Missouri, socialization is the goal. 

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Using Food to Teach Rhythm to Special Needs Students

United Sound is a nonprofit that provides musical performance experiences for students with special needs through peer mentorship.  

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How to Start a United Sound Chapter

In Case Study: Peers Support Peers at a United Sound Chapter in Missouri, we looked at how Parkway Central Middle School's band members embraced being peer mentors to special-needs students through United Sound. 

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Case Study: Summer Percussion Camp in Fort Worth

You can feel the enthusiasm and hear the reverberating sound of music and movement. Every summer, 75 high school students in Fort Worth, Texas, hone their percussion skills. 

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Transporting the Drumline for a Fort Worth Summer Percussion Camp

In Case Study: Summer Percussion Camp in Fort Worth, we learned about the hard work and logistics required to put on the Bass Performance Hall High School Percussion Camp in Forth Worth, Texas. 

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Case Study: Music Program Teamwork in Tennessee

In 2016, the wind ensemble at Ravenwood High School in Brentwood, Tennessee, performed on the main stage at the Music for All National Concert Band Festival

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Use Lunchtime to Work Together

In Case Study: Music Program Teamwork in Tennessee, we learned how the band, orchestra and choir directors at Ravenwood High School often plan and collaborate during the only time they are free­ — their common lunch period. 

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Instruments at an Inner-City Music Program

In the blog post, Case Study: A Music Program Succeeds in the Inner City, read how the band program at Rancho High School in Las Vegas was transformed by band director Clint Williams.  

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Case Study: A Music Program Succeeds in the Inner City

Nestled between the city's homeless corridor and a cemetery near the historic Fremont District of Las Vegas, Rancho High School might not seem like the ideal home for a successful performing arts program. 

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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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Case Study: Crafting a Jazz Studies Program

Janis Stockhouse's confidence was high on her first day as director of bands at Bloomington High School North in Indiana. Then her jazz students showed up. 

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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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