Letter to Myself: Travis J. Cross

Dr. Travis J. Cross is a Yamaha Master Educator and the Chair of Music, Professor of Conducting, Director of Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band at the University of California, Los Angeles.

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Letter to Myself: Marcia Neel

Marcia Neel is senior director of education for Yamaha Corporation of America and Yamaha Master Educator

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Q&A with Yamaha Master Educator Cheryl Floyd

Cheryl Floyd has been the director of bands at Hill Country Middle School in Austin, Texas, for over 25 years. 

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Q&A with Yamaha Master Educator Daniel Berard

Daniel Berard is the assistant director of bands at Wakeland High School in Frisco, Texas. Prior to this, he served as the director of bands at Grain Valley High School in Missouri and Fossil Ridge High School in Colorado.

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Q&A with Yamaha Master Educator Marcia Neel

Marcia Neel is senior director of education for Yamaha Corporation of America. She is president of Music Education Consultants Inc., and serves as the education advisor to the Music Achievement Council. 

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Emily Threinen: Music's North Star

As part of her True North approach to in­structing, Dr. Emily Threinen sees oppor­tunities to abandon the stick. 

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Q&A with Yamaha Master Educator Douglas Droste

Douglas Droste is director of orchestras and associate professor of music at Ball State University in Indiana.

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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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Q&A with Yamaha Master Education Gary Lewis

Gary Lewis is the director of Orchestral Studies and the Bob and Judy Charles Professor of Conducting in the College of Music at the University of Colorado Boulder. 

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Letter to Myself: Richard Floyd

Yamaha Master Educator Richard Floyd is state director of music emeritus at the University of Texas at Austin and the musical director and conductor of the Austin Symphonic Band

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Inclusive Repertoire

Dr. Emily Threinen, director of bands and associate professor of music at the University of Minnesota, talked about her teaching philosophy in the blog post, Emily Threinen: Music's North Star

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Q&A with Yamaha Master Educator Richard Floyd

Richard Floyd is state director of music emeritus at the University of Texas at Austin and the musical director and conductor of the Austin Symphonic Band

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Q&A with Yamaha Master Educator Marguerite Wilder

Marguerite Wilder is a widely recognized middle school conductor, clinician and consultant. She was director of Lovett Middle School Band and Woodward Academy Band, and taught at Tapp Middle School in Georgia. 

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Q&A with Yamaha Master Educator Larry Gookin

Larry Gookin, distinguished professor and emeritus professor of music at Central Washington University, retired in 2015 after 34 years as the university's director of bands.

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Q&A with Yamaha Master Educator Anthony Maiello

Anthony Maiello is professor of music at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. He was awarded the title of "university professor," the highest rank given to Mason faculty.

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Letter to Myself: Kevin Ford

Yamaha Master Educator Kevin Ford is the director of bands at Tarpon Springs (Florida) High School and the founder and director of the Tarpon Springs Leadership Conservatory for the Arts

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Letter to Myself: Douglas Droste

Yamaha Master Educator Douglas Droste is the director of orchestras and associate professor of music at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana.

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Letter to Myself: Anthony Maiello

Yamaha Master Educator Anthony Maiello is a University professor and professor of Music at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. 

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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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Meet Yamaha Master Educator Michael Pote

Michael Pote, an award-winning band director and highly sought-after speaker, clearly demonstrates that success in a large, high-profile program stems from understanding and utilizing the strengths of everyone involved.

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