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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The Performance Mind Game

Try these student-centered approaches to maximize the moment — before, during and after every performance.

Subbing Success

Being a substitute teacher requires flexibility, organization and compassion. Try these tips to succeed.

Turning Your “Won’ts” into “Cans”

Don’t let students who will not participate in the learning process fall through the cracks. Turn them into participating, contributing class members by asking them questions and not accepting non-responses.

Work With Your Strengths

What is the VIA Survey, and can it help reveal your super teaching powers?  

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.

“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.

Cellist Mike Block’s Musical Quest

Cellist Mike Block’s output is staggeringly diverse, and he applies a high level of skill, commitment and efficiency into every style.

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…

Pros and Cons for Pickups, Microphones and Electric Strings

When you need to project more sound from your violin, viola or cello, try a pickup, microphone or an electric instrument. 

How to Choose the Right Mallet

The mallet you need will depend on the instrument, music, repertoire and style. Do your homework before starting your mallet collection.

Fix It: Tips for Teaching Rhythmic Accuracy on the Piano

Try these expert tips to help students understand and master rhythm and pulse.

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