John Wittmann is the Director of Education and Artist Relations for the Band and Orchestral division of Yamaha Corporation of America. He is responsible for organizing the support for over 700 woodwind, brass, string, percussion artists as well as running educational programs such as the Yamaha Young Performing Artists Competition.

John holds...

John Wittmann is the Director of Education and Artist Relations for the Band and Orchestral division of Yamaha Corporation of America. He is responsible for organizing the support for over 700 woodwind, brass, string, percussion artists as well as running educational programs such as the Yamaha Young Performing Artists Competition.

John holds Bachelors and a Master of Arts degrees in Music Education. He has toured extensively throughout the United States and abroad as a drummer and has given hundreds of drum set clinics. He remains an active performer/clinician and is the drummer for the Jennie DeVoe Band.

As a band director in New York State, John headed two highly successful high school music programs. He was awarded the Teacher of the Year award at Waterford-Halfmoon High School and was named a Distinguished Alumni from the College of St. Rose. He is an active music education advocate and a frequent presenter at major music conferences.

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Yamaha SupportED's 2019 Volume 3 is Here!

June is one of my favorite times of the year because it's when we host the Yamaha Young Performing Artists (YYPA) Celebration at the Music for All Summer Symposium at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana.  

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Yamaha SupportED's 2019 Volume 2 is Here!

I'll never forget my first mentor. He made such an impact on me that I have a constant reminder of him in my home office.

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Yamaha SupportED’s 2019 Volume 1 is Here!

A new year brings some new sections in SupportED magazine. I am excited about "Letter to Myself," which features Yamaha Master Educators writing a letter to their younger selves during their first year of teaching. These letters are like gems from a time capsule — they are full of inspiration, enthusiasm and sage advice that can only come from decades of dedication.

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The Yamaha Master Educator Program: Learn from Distinguished Teachers

You have a long list of goals when you enter the classroom each day: Be a better music educator. Help students succeed. Feel inspired and empowered. We want to help you achieve all of your goals. 

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Yamaha SupportED’s 2018 Volume 4 is Here!

As New Year's Day approaches, I enjoy a tradition that has inspired me for years. Throughout the year, I take little notes in hopes of having a truthful and worthy response to one question I ask myself every December 31: "What did you learn this year, John Wittmann?"

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Yamaha SupportED's 2018 Volume 3 is Here!

We want all the pages in SupportED magazine to be full of valuable, relevant and inspiring information that will help you. To ensure this, we often stop and ask ourselves during Yamaha staff meetings, "Are we working in a vacuum?" and "Are we writing the best content to help band and orchestra directors?" We question ourselves because we never want to lose sight of our mission: to inspire and help band and orchestra directors continue to be the best teachers they can be.

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Yamaha SupportED’s 2018 Volume 2 is Here!

Our goal for the magazine — to inspire and help instrumental band and orchestral directors continue to be the best teachers they can be — hasn't changed since we launched SupportED two years ago. In fact, our commitment to this goal is stronger than ever.All the articles in the magazine are about real teachers, successful programs and influential artists.

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Yamaha SupportED’s 2018 Volume 1 is Here!

My team and I are lucky to work with an incredible group of talented Yamaha Performing Artists. One common thread we hear from them is their never-ceasing hunger for continued improvement. Simply put, the most successful musical artists never stop being students of their instruments and of music. We hope that the articles in SupportED feed your never-ceasing hunger to improve as an educational artist in your field.

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Yamaha SupportED’s 2017 Volume 4 is Here!

Welcome to the seventh edition of SupportED, a publication that is dedicated to inspire and empower band and orchestral directors. To put it simply, our goal is to help you as you develop your "secret sauce" for being an effective educator.

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DonorsChoose Helps Provide Quality Music Education

In my more than 30 years working in music education, I have observed a great deal of change. However, one constant is the overwhelming impact that music teachers have on the overall success of their students.

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Yamaha SupportED’s 2017 Volume 3 is Here!

In every issue of SupportED, we aim to bring fresh perspectives and a new look at age-old challenges faced by music teachers. Our articles are written by and about real teachers, inspiring artists and enlightened experts who share Yamaha's commitment to keeping music education thriving in our country.  

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Yamaha SupportED’s 2017 Volume 2 is Here!

Music teachers amaze me with their hunger for ways to improve their students' experiences with music, while never resting on their quest for higher art and deeper challenges. That, in turn, motivates and inspires us as we put together each and every issue of SupportED.  

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Yamaha SupportED’s 2017 Volume 1 is Here!

I'm often asked how we decide on the content for each issue of SupportED. It's a simple formula. We ask ourselves, "Will this story assist, inspire and empower someone to be a better music educator — yes or no?" That's it! 

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The Fall 2016 Issue of Yamaha SupportED is Here!

We designed SupportED to be a quick read, but one that's full of information and inspiration for instrumental band and orchestral directors.  

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Drawing Inspiration from the Yamaha Young Performing Artist Program

I started working full time with Yamaha in 1997 after being a Yamaha Performing Drum Set Artist for a number of years. One of the first projects I spearheaded was the Yamaha Young Performing Artist competition (YYPA), which recognizes outstanding young musicians from the worlds of classical, jazz and contemporary music.  

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The Summer 2016 issue of Yamaha SupportED is here!

The magazine's articles are written by and about real teachers, inspiring artists and enlightened experts who share Yamaha's commitment to keeping music education thriving in our country.

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The Premier Issue of Yamaha SupportED is Here!

Our goal for the magazine is to inspire and help instrumental band and orchestral directors continue to be the best teachers they can be. In this and future issues, we will share articles about real teachers, successful programs and influential artists.

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