Savy Leiser is an author, journalist, editor and creative writing teacher living in Chicago. She graduated from Northwestern University in 2015, where she spent four years playing saxophone in the Wildcat Marching Band and was a member of the music sorority Sigma Alpha Iota. In addition to writing for Yamaha SupportED and Halftime Magazine, she...

Savy Leiser is an author, journalist, editor and creative writing teacher living in Chicago. She graduated from Northwestern University in 2015, where she spent four years playing saxophone in the Wildcat Marching Band and was a member of the music sorority Sigma Alpha Iota. In addition to writing for Yamaha SupportED and Halftime Magazine, she writes children's and young adult books.

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Case Study: Music Thrives at a STEAM Magnet School in Florida

Art and science work in harmony at Sanders Memorial Elementary School in Land O’ Lakes, Florida. Each student has an assigned Apple device to pursue knowledge of STEAM — science, technology, engineering, art and math. 

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Embrace Failing

At Sanders Memorial Elementary School in Land O’ Lakes, Florida, faculty and students embrace failure.

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Case Study: Cle Elum-Roslyn is a Small District with a Big Sound

Cle Elum, Washington, is a small town with a population of about 2,000 and a school district serving approximately 900 students in K-12 — but that doesn’t stop the power of music flowing through it.

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Finding Funding

Funding is a major obstacle to growing a music program. For the past five years, Nick Maupoux, band director for Cle Elum-Roslyn School District, has overcome this hurdle by grant writing and using the following strategies.

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Work with Music Dealers to Enhance Your Program

When working with Paige's Music in Indianapolis, Indiana, local band directors give the game "red light, green light" a new twist. 

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Use Creativity to Make Rehearsals More Meaningful

A few times each semester, the band room at Hill Country Middle School in Austin, Texas, would fall completely silent. 

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Improve Students’ Tone

In music, tone is distinct and identifiable, and when played correctly and in harmony within an ensemble, it sets the overall mood and quality of a performance. However, mastering tone does not come easily.

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Sean Jones' Advice to Educators: Encourage Professionalism with Students

In How Trumpeter Sean Jones Gets Respect, Jones recounts how he started performing as a child through church. 

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How Trumpeter Sean Jones Gets Respect

Some educators command attention with a booming voice and a larger-than-life presence. Sean Jones employs a completely different tactic that is equally — and probably more — effective. 

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Pablo Rieppi and the Art of Practicing

In the blog post, Pablo Rieppi's Passion for Percussion, we learned of Rieppi's nearly nonstop practicing regimen through his college days. To keep daily practice from becoming tedious, Rieppi recommends the following:

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Pablo Rieppi’s Passion for Percussion

World-renowned percussionist Pablo Rieppi decided to teach himself to play drums as a junior in high school.

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Violinist Christian Howes’ Three Pillars of Pedagogy

In the blog post, Christian Howes: Versatile Violin Virtuoso, renowned strings performer and educator Christian Howes explains why he started Creative Strings Academy. 

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Christian Howes: Versatile Violin Virtuoso

At 15 years old, violin virtuoso Christian Howes found himself envious of his school's last-chair second violinist. Howes recalls how that classmate was composing and recording his own original songs. 

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Clarinetist Julie DeRoche Molds Music into Art

In the early 1980s, Julie DeRoche — who had recently received her degree in clarinet performance from Northwestern University — was juggling four jobs to make ends meet as she worked toward a fulltime career in music.

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Clarinetist Julie DeRoche’s Keys to Teaching

In Clarinetist Julie DeRoche Molds Music into Art, we outlined how DeRoche, utilizes her extensive background in the music industry and teaching to help take her students to the next level of musicianship. 

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3 Tips to Start a Mariachi Program

In Case Study: Celebrating Mariachi in Iowa, high school band director Ruben Newell and middle school director Patti Bekkerus from Denison (Iowa) Community Schools shared how they started a successful mariachi program. 

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Case Study: Celebrating Mariachi in Iowa

Every spring, Denison (Iowa) High School hosts a fiesta, including a taco truck, chips and salsa, and parents' homemade desserts. But the main attraction is the Denison High School Mariachi Band. 

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Music Education in Japan

As educators, we can always glean new insights from the teaching practices in other countries. 

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Tips from Trumpeter Allen Vizzutti

In the blog post, The Many Faces of Trumpeter Allen Vizzutti, involving family, band directors and other musicians has been key to Vizzutti's career and success. 

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The Many Faces of Trumpeter Allen Vizzutti

As a teenager in Missoula, Montana, Allen Vizzutti received the rare opportunity to befriend one of his idols.

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