Meet Yamaha Master Educator Dr. Travis J. Cross

Dr. Travis J. Cross is the chair of the department of music at UCLA, where he conducts the wind ensemble and symphonic band and directs the graduate wind conducting program. 

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Meet Yamaha Master Educator Daniel Berard

In his inspirational and practical presentations, Daniel Berard, the assistant director of bands at Wakeland High School in Frisco, Texas, shares his experience of starting with nothing but a blank piece of paper and a vision. 

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Get Ready for the First Performance National Day of Celebration

Give beginning band and orchestra students a boost in confidence by providing an opportunity for them to showcase their newly acquired music skills in front of family and friends in a public setting. 

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Build Teamwork with Drum Circles

On the first day of school, students may come to band class and sit timidly, not making eye contact. If the teacher facilitates a drum circle, then by the end of class, everyone will be smiling and bubbling with excitement.

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Instruments at an Inner-City Music Program

In the blog post, Case Study: A Music Program Succeeds in the Inner City, read how the band program at Rancho High School in Las Vegas was transformed by band director Clint Williams.  

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Case Study: A Music Program Succeeds in the Inner City

Nestled between the city's homeless corridor and a cemetery near the historic Fremont District of Las Vegas, Rancho High School might not seem like the ideal home for a successful performing arts program. 

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Case Study: A Successful Band Program in a Texas Border Town

In a sprawling state like Texas, it might be easy to overlook the small town of Roma that sits along the Rio Grande on the U.S.-Mexico border. 

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How to Get Funds from ESSA’s Title IV-A Grant Program

Updated 6/22/2020  

Every year, I have the privilege of attending the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Music Education Advocacy Fly-in in Washington, D.C. 

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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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Case Study: Building a Band Program from Scratch

When Daniel Berard walked into his job interview at Fossil Ridge High School in Fort Collins, Colorado in 2004, he had a clear vision of how to start the band program from scratch. 

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Resources for Student Recruitment and Retention

One of the hallmarks of successful music educators is their desire to continually seek out ways to "build a better mousetrap." 

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DonorsChoose Helps Provide Quality Music Education

In my more than 30 years working in music education, I have observed a great deal of change. However, one constant is the overwhelming impact that music teachers have on the overall success of their students.

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Music Education in Japan

As educators, we can always glean new insights from the teaching practices in other countries. 

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Case Study: Crafting a Jazz Studies Program

Janis Stockhouse's confidence was high on her first day as director of bands at Bloomington High School North in Indiana. Then her jazz students showed up. 

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Is Your Booster Program Healthy?

Ever notice the energy and excitement we all feel when we anticipate the arrival of a new calendar year? I enjoy those times! The opportunity to start fresh is exhilarating.

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Get Parents Involved!

Wouldn't you like to find new ways to get parents more involved with their students' home practice and progress? 

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Case Study: Reinventing a Music Program

At O'Fallon (Illinois) Township High School, when school ends, music can still be heard drifting through the halls as high school musicians guide middle schoolers in after-school private lessons. 

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Build Bridges: Work with Administration, Parents and Other Teachers

A school's music program can be a catalyst for uniting the community with ensembles serving as ambassadors not only around campus but also around town. 

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Case Study: How to Grow a High School Orchestra Program

The halls of Robert McQueen High School in Reno, Nevada, are buzzing with excitement and anticipation for the summer. It's not the typical end-of-the-school-year eagerness that has these teenagers bouncing in their seats. 

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