I Created an Organization System for Music Directors

One of the challenges of being a band, orchestra, choir or general music teacher is how to manage everything in the classroom.

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Fix It: Vibraphone Teaching Tips

Within the mallet instrument family (marimba, bells, xylophone, vibraphone), the vibraphone or “vibes” is the newest member and the most unique.

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Tips to Be a More Effective Private Music Instructor

Hello! My name is Aleah Fitzwater, and I am a licensed instrumental music educator. In this guest blog post, I want to share some tips on how to recruit, retain and captivate the students in your private lessons studio. Let’s go!

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Case Studies: Rural Realities

Music educators in rural settings face a unique set of challenges.

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Create a Happiness Playlist

Mark Mallman is a Minneapolis-based songwriter, composer and performer. He’s written music for TV, has released eight albums, and his epic work, “Marathon III,” went on for 78 hours and spanned 576 pages of lyrics.

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Case Study: A 10-Year Growth Plan for Enrollment, Facilities, Instruments and Staffing

Claudia Taylor “Lady Bird” Johnson High School in San Antonio, Texas, opened in 2008 as the seventh comprehensive high school in the North East Independent School District (NEISD).

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Case Study: From a $67 Budget to Success — A Four-Year Journey

After two years of teaching elementary general music, I was ready for a change, so I applied to a music education master’s program and for more band jobs.

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Case Study: A Performing Arts Academy Offers Individual Learning and Career Exploration

Imagine training as a music educator while you’re still a senior in high school.

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Case Study: Use Intellectual Discomfort to Expand Music Offerings

Music teachers are unique individuals, but they often share a few common traits.

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Case Study: A 3-Week Fine Arts Exploratory Course More than Doubled Band Enrollment

In less than three weeks, the Ralls County R-II School District in Center, Missouri, more than doubled its beginning band program.

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The New Normal

“Nerv-i-cited” is how my daughter describes the feeling of being simultaneously excited and nervous.

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Case Study: Summer Composition Program Addresses Gender Gap

Ever since I can remember, I have been writing music. I premiered my first real composition, entitled “The Mysterious Island,” when I was 8 years old.

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Case Study: Expanding the Footprint of a Storied Music Program

In the summer of 2018, I began my tenure as the Director of Bands at Shelby County High School (SCHS) in Columbiana, Alabama.

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Case Study: Practice Not Required

Yes, you read the title of this article correctly — please proceed with caution because this topic may offend most music teachers.

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Case Study: How Popular Music Education Transformed a Texas Program and School

When I started at St. Michael’s Catholic Academyin Austin, Texas, about 10 years ago, I was faced with two challenges: low student program participation and school size.

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Launching a Music Business Program at Your High School

Many students dream of becoming performers, but because it is so highly competitive, that world can be brutal and disheartening.

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Fix It: Snare Drum Rolls Teaching Tips

Close your eyes for a moment and imagine a time when you were conducting on the podium and cued a much anticipated, exposed and important snare drum roll. What did it sound like?

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Enhance Snare Drum Performance with Instrument Selection, Preparation and Tuning

I clearly remember the first time I heard – or rather, felt – a snare drum. It was during the annual Memorial Day parade in my hometown of Montville, Connecticut, and I was no more than 5 years old. 

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Fix It: Bass Drum Teaching Tips

I recently reached out to a small group of my University of Kentucky alumni, who teach band and orchestra in public schools.
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Strong Bonds: The Value of Teacher-Student Connections

“I remember that guy!” My husband was on vacation with his best friend since 1st grade, and they were laughing and reminiscing about a terrific teacher they’d had 40 years ago.
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