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?"
From around October to the end of the year, I review my journals and think back on books I read, the lectures I attended, the presentations and clinics I gave, and people I reconnected with or met. Once I have honed in on a few of the most important insights from the year, I write and expand on those lessons learned. I am grateful for these annual lessons.
One group I appreciate every year is music educators.
From everyone here at Yamaha, I want to thank all music teachers. Thank you for showing up every day and being a wonderful role model and example for your students by being caring, dependable and trustworthy, having high expectations, making time to listen, providing a safe place as well as a family away from home, sharing a vision, and serving the community as well as the school.
We are grateful for all that you do. Yours is a unique and vital role, and we know it isn't easy.
We hope you enjoy this issue, which includes:
How Trumpeter Sean Jones Gets Respect – No matter the venue – classroom, concert hall, recording studio or small club – people notice and pay attention to trumpeter Sean Jones, who exudes a quiet, but powerful, strength.
Sean Jones' Advice to Educators: Encourage Professionalism with Students — Sean Jones teaches his students more than musical skills. He also teaches them life skills that will help them with their careers.
High School Student Leaders Can Help Recruit Younger Music Students — Current high school leaders can connect with students from elementary and middle schools and encourage them to start or continue with band.
Case Study: A Las Vegas Middle School Orchestra's Remarkable Success – Despite having no strings experience, Kathryn Greene leads the orchestra program at a magnet school in Las Vegas toward major achievements.
A First-Year Map to Success for New Orchestra Directors – Kathryn Greene, orchestra director at James Cashman Middle School in Las Vegas, recommends new music teachers to map out a plan to help them succeed during their first year.
Collaboration is Key for K-12 Alignment– Dr. Dru Davison from Shelby County Schools in Memphis advises music educators to work together to develop alignment across disciplines, buildings and age groups.
Conducting 101 for High School Students — According to Dr. Thomas McCauley from Montclair State University, conducting lessons can enhance high school students' musicality as well as their leadership and communication skills.
View the entire 2018v4 issue here.