Yamaha Educator Suite: Building the Next Generation of Music Educators

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    Change is Program’s Driving Force

    SEMO’s jazz program has experienced tremendous growth thanks to the innovative vision of Dr. Joseph Jefferson.

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    Funding Your Music Program

    With tightening fiscal constraints, music educators must look to other funding opportunities, including crowdfunding, grants and partnerships.

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    Delayed Gratification

    Look at the big picture to help students during tough times.

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    Brand Your Band

    Your band’s brand should let the greater community in on the magic you and your students create on a daily basis.

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Neurodivergence and Music: My Experience

People whose brain works differently often experience sounds, including music, in unique ways.

The Power of Words: The Enduring Effects of Arrows and Songs

A Longfellow poem and its moving message helped to reinforce the underlying foundation of the Forney High School band program.

Mentoring in Action — From the Mentee’s Perspective

A veteran music educator’s practical advice and honesty help a new music educator as he embarks on his first year of teaching.

How to Deal with Common Stressors

Being a music educator is a stressful job. Here are tips to deal with some common stress-inducing situations.

Zen, Qi Gong and Music

During the pandemic, an initiation into the Zen Buddhist community changed a music educator’s perspective of music-making and teaching.

Ouch! Easy Fixes for 5 Common Teacher Pains

Repetitive motions and all-day schedules put music educators at risk of physical pain. Here are a few ways to stay healthy

“Lean into Change” is the Driving Force Behind the SEMO Jazz Program

The jazz program at Southeast Missouri State University has experienced tremendous growth and expansion thanks to the innovative vision of Dr. Joseph Jefferson.

Case Study: Modern Music and Tech in Beginning Strings

With off-the-beaten-path lesson plans and performance opportunities, an orchestra director has higher student engagement, retention and overall program growth.

Case Study: A Festival that Celebrates Soloists and Small Ensembles

The Solo and Ensemble Festival at San Elijo Middle School showcases the individual work ethic and skill that goes into a performance.

Jeff Coffin: Professor Rock Star

Despite his busy schedule as saxophonist for the Dave Matthews Band, Jeff Coffin finds time to educate student musicians as a professor at Vanderbilt University and as a guest clinician throughout the world.

Bring Administrators Plans, Not Problems

Keep open lines of communication with administrators and the school board to ensure they are awar…

The United Sound Method for Private Lesson Teachers

Private lessons teachers can apply United Sound techniques to promote inclusion in their programs…

Start a Flute Choir

Are you a band director with so many flutes that you often joke that they’re “a dime a dozen”? Starting a flute choir might be the answer to this problem. Flutes are one of the most flexible musical instruments in your band. The soprano flute’s ra…

7 Ways to Help Band Directors Tackle Strings Education

The skills you have honed to be a successful band director and performer can be applied to tackle strings education.

Deconstructing Mallets: Find the Best Mallets for Your Percussion Section

Understanding the different parts of a mallet will help you make the smartest selections for your percussion section.

Fix It: Tips for Teaching Basic Piano Technique

Try these expert tips to fix common errors that piano students make.

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