10 Tips to Start a Middle School Drumline

Middle school band is often where students begin their musical journey. It is a time when the three basic elements of music — rhythm, melody and harmony — begin to take shape and make sense to students. 

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Case Study: Peers Support Peers at a United Sound Chapter in Missouri

Socialization is typically a by­product of a music program. However, in one music class at Parkway Central Middle School in Chesterfield, Missouri, socialization is the goal. 

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Case Study: A Las Vegas Middle School Orchestra’s Remarkable Success

When Kathryn Greene began teaching orchestra at James Cashman Middle School in Las Vegas in 2006, she may have been in over her head. 

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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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Technology Tools for the Middle School Classroom

Many technology tools exist to ease your workload and move your music program beyond surviving to thriving. 

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Case Study: Mobilizing a Community to Win Yamaha Instruments

Mobilized by band director Sean Furilla, the community of Canton, Georgia, came together in a widespread show of support for the Marie Archer Teasley Middle School band. 

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