Students Become Teachers as They Level Up

Strike, an extracurricular percussion ensemble at Caledonia (Michigan) Community Schools, has been in operation for 23 years. 

Continue reading
  1010 Hits
1010 Hits

Best Practices for Online Rehearsals

And there it was … the email that said we were limited to online-only rehearsals for summer band camp. With COVID-19 numbers rising locally and our governor restricting mass gatherings, putting hundreds of band members in a room together would not be possible.

Continue reading
  2089 Hits
2089 Hits

Electric String Ensemble Checklist

Electric string ensembles in school music programs are not the far-fetched idea they once were. 

Continue reading
  2762 Hits
2762 Hits

Assessments: Focus on Goals, not Grades

Music educators are no strangers to evaluation. Often, these evaluations happen when a cul­minating activity — like a festival, concert or recital — presents a finished product for consideration.

Continue reading
  2897 Hits
2897 Hits

Create A Chamber Program

Chamber ensembles allow students to practice and perform with like-minded musicians while providing camaraderie. 

Continue reading
  2242 Hits
2242 Hits

Resources for Online Teaching

Updated 6/15/2021 at 1:08 p.m. PDT

We want to do our part to help music educators as you explore options and search for resources to facilitate online teaching.

Continue reading
  40366 Hits
40366 Hits

The ABCs of Classroom Management

As a veteran teacher, I'm often asked about my concept of classroom management by prospective and new teachers. 

Continue reading
  4250 Hits
4250 Hits

Ignite a Passion for Practice

Rather than relying on external motivation, successful teachers inspire students to fuel their own flame to attain a higher level of mastery. 

Continue reading
  2839 Hits
2839 Hits

Mater Dei's Mentor Program

Continue reading
  2175 Hits
2175 Hits

Teaching Musicality to Percussionists

As an educator, I have never understood why young percussionists are not taught more about musicality. My wife is a flute teacher, and she teaches musicality to kids in sixth grade. 

Continue reading
  3220 Hits
3220 Hits

Improve Students’ Tone

In music, tone is distinct and identifiable, and when played correctly and in harmony within an ensemble, it sets the overall mood and quality of a performance. However, mastering tone does not come easily.

Continue reading
  3138 Hits
3138 Hits

Use Lunchtime to Work Together

In Case Study: Music Program Teamwork in Tennessee, we learned how the band, orchestra and choir directors at Ravenwood High School often plan and collaborate during the only time they are free­ — their common lunch period. 

Continue reading
  1785 Hits
1785 Hits

Teach Your Students the Best Way to Oil Valves

It's the night of the beginning band concert, and the curtain will go up soon. You're back stage shepherding all of your students, who are bubbling with nervous excitement, to their chairs. 

Continue reading
  23041 Hits
23041 Hits

Conducting 101 for High School Students

Imagine a director asking, "Can you make your sound move the same way you moved your arms?" 

Continue reading
  3330 Hits
3330 Hits

High School Student Leaders Can Help Recruit Younger Music Students

The best recruiters for music programs are our current students. When re­taining music students from middle and elementary schools, your current students serve as the best public relations for your program. 

Continue reading
  3760 Hits
3760 Hits

Make a Plan: 8 Ways to Maximize Rehearsal Time

Try to fit these eight recommendations into every rehearsal. If you keep things moving, it's amazing how much you can accomplish during a 45-minute class.

Continue reading
  2558 Hits
2558 Hits

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.

Continue reading
  5214 Hits
5214 Hits

Chamber Ensembles Help Develop Student Leaders

Several students sit in a practice room, their chairs arranged in a small arc with their music sitting on stands among them. 

Continue reading
  1672 Hits
1672 Hits

Festival Etiquette

Performing at a festival is so much more than "performing the music." You should have high expectations for appearance and demeanor for performers as well as the audience. Here are some tips for your next formal performance.

Continue reading
  1960 Hits
1960 Hits

Add These 3 Exercises to Your Percussion Practice Sessions

As a percussionist, there are three things that we should always work on — reading, rolls and ear/listening. 

Continue reading
  2747 Hits
2747 Hits

Have a question or a suggestion for an article you’d like to see here? Email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Copyright © 2021 Yamaha Corporation of America and Yamaha Corporation. All rights reserved. Terms of Use |  Privacy Policy