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.

Q&A with Yamaha Master Educator Larry Gookin

Yamaha Master Educator Larry Gookin shares his passion and inspiration for music.

4 Tips to a Stronger Low Saxophone Section

When a saxophone section “clicks,” it’s an awesome musical moment. These musicians are technically proficient, well-balanced, in tune and great communicators across the ensemble. In any band, an outstanding saxophone section can bring an irreplace…

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. 

Fix It: Tips for Teaching Snare Drum Basics

Try these expert tips on fixing common errors that snare drum students make.

Fix It: Teaching Tips for Playing Even Scales on the Piano

Try these expert tips on fixing common errors that piano students make when playing scales.

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