Professional Development

While in high school in the 1990s, Kevin Marcus Sylvester programmed his cell phone to play a Busta Rhymes rap song. 
With so many superhero movies hitting the theaters, it's ironic to hear ensemble directors tell their students, "Don't be a hero," when someone is sticking out in the overall sound. 
I've always been enthusiastic about new technologies in musical instruments and their applications for students. 
I started working full time with Yamaha in 1997 after being a Yamaha Performing Drum Set Artist for a number of years.
In the blog post, Trombonist Wycliffe Gordon Does it All, we shared Gordon's dedication to teaching young musicians. Gordon works to continually evolve his techniques but relies on a few tried-and-true philosophies.
"Tonight, we are young. So let's set the world on fire …" There's a minor sixth in Fun.'s hit song "We Are Young." 
In "Case Study: How to Grow a High School Orchestra Program," we described the steps taken by Kenny Baker to expand the orchestra program at Robert McQueen High School in Reno. Here are his five tips for success.
On a seemingly normal mid-April day, a group of jazz students at Columbia College Chicago are fixated on the man who's talking, world-class jazz trombonist Wycliffe Gordon. 
Young percussion students who have a private instructor usually study solo on marimba, snare drum, drum set or timpani. 
United Sound is a school-based instrumental music club for students with intellectual or developmental disabilities and their peers. 

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