Professional Development

Every year I attend the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Advocacy Fly-In in Washington, D.C. 
Cellist Mike Block, an associate professor at Berklee College of Music, remembers a huge moment from when he was in college at the Cleveland Institute of Music. 
Marcia Neel is senior director of education for Yamaha Corporation of America and a Yamaha Master Educator. 
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As a veteran teacher, I'm often asked about my concept of classroom management by prospective and new teachers. 
Once upon a time, mallet choices were limited. The hardness of a mallet was the most dramatic way to change the sound of an instrument. 
Cheryl Floyd has been the director of bands at Hill Country Middle School in Austin, Texas, for over 25 years. 
When a saxophone section "clicks," it's an awesome musical moment. These musicians are technically proficient, well-balanced, in tune and great communicators across the ensemble. 
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.
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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