Yamaha Educator Suite: Building the Next Generation of Music Educators

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    The Passionate Black Educator

    A Tennessee educator tackled systemic racism in music programs and is now a sought-after advocate to help schools around the country implement anti-racist, healing-centered music curriculum.

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    5 Ways to be a Team Player

    True teamwork requires active participation at your school and within your district. Help your fellow music educators as often as you can and seek their input when you need it.

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    Meet the 2023 Class of “40 Under 40” Music Educators

    These 40 educators — all under the age of 40 — showcase innovative solutions and bold ideas as they establish, grow or improve their music programs.  

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    Cultural Crusader

    By digging into her roots, a Louisiana music educator is nurturing future generations to keep the local culture of Cajun and French Creole music alive.

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Elementary Music Technology: Fun with Science, STEAM and Creative Composition

See how National Standards can meet music technology competencies for elementary school students.

3 Homework Activities that Encourage Parent Involvement

Enlist parents to reinforce the lessons from music class — these fun activities are sure to be enjoyed by students and their families.

10 Ways to Make Your Students’ Day

Kids are excited to see teachers who are excited to see them, so bring your A-game every day.

20 Ways to Set the Tempo for a Great School Year

Remember these quick practical tips, foundational ideas, insights and philosophies to remind you why you chose teaching music as your career.

All-Day Energy Hacks for Music Teachers

Don’t tire out during the school day. Try these unusual ways of keeping your energy high.

What To Do When You Don’t Know What to Do

Oftentimes, new band directors find that they don’t know what to do to improve the sound of their bands. Don’t throw in the towel. Lean on mentors and colleagues, do research and practice!

An Afro-Centric Curriculum Promotes Excellence

At Grace M. James Academy, a middle school for girls in Louisville, Kentucky, the orchestra director explores a unique strings education methodology.

Interdisciplinary Development Between the Arts

West Covina High School’s Performing Arts Academy allows students in music, dance and theater to hone their skills across disciplines and work together.

Incorporate Jazz in Your Classroom Daily

To keep a band program moving forward, you must capture the attention of young people. One way to do this and to increase retention is to integrate jazz into the curricula.

Q&A with Yamaha Master Educator Douglas Droste

The Ball State University director of orchestras explains why he is a dedicated advocate of music education.

Fix Winds Instruments in a Pinch

As a school band director, you take on many roles, including instrument doctor. For students renting an instrument, the dealer most likely offers maintenance and repair insurance. Though insurance is a great investment in the long term, in reality…

Ukuleles: Why You Need Them

Introduce students to harmony instruments in elementary and middle school with the ukulele — and have a ton of fun doing it!

Teaching Musicality to Percussionists

Try this four-step process to help percussion students communicate expressively through music. 

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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