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Marcia Neel

Marcia Neel

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Marcia Neel is senior director of education for Yamaha Corporation of America Band and Orchestral Division. She is president of Music Education Consultants Inc., and serves as the education advisor to the Music Achievement Council. In this capacity, she presents sessions with practical success strategies for music educators at state music conferences, district in-service days and dealer workshops.

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One of the hallmarks of successful music educators is their desire to continually seek out ways to “build a better mousetrap.” For example, they look for new rehearsal and conducting techniques, innovative ideas to reach others through advocacy and

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In much the same way that a sports team needs skill players to perform specific tasks, quality school bands and orchestras need a given ratio of instrumentalists to carry out their defined functions in the ensemble. In both cases,

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You can tell from their playing whether a student is progressing, but can you really get a read on whether or not what we have been teaching is really sinking in? Playing tests are fine — they can be quick

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The start of a new school year always presents another exciting opportunity to set the course for a successful year of music-making, and nothing is better for charting that course than effective leadership from directors and students alike. Empowering our

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