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No questions, please: How to manage student expectations five minutes before rehearsal

By Peter Sciaino / November 14, 2018 / Comments Off on No questions, please: How to manage student expectations five minutes before rehearsal

I don’t need to write about the importance of every minute of rehearsal time. You know this. The fact that you are reading this post suggests that you are well past that stage in developing outstanding educational practices. However, if you regularly find yourself starting rehearsal with a French horn in your hands that needs…

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Interpretation from a Composer’s Perspective

By Larry Clark / October 17, 2018 / Comments Off on Interpretation from a Composer’s Perspective

As a composer, I am often asked how to interpret one of my pieces and to give specifics on different aspects of it.  This can range from as general as tempo to more specific things like phrasing or what exactly I had in mind with a specific marking. I appreciate that these questions come from…

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Simple Steps to Cultivate Your Best Marching Band Sound

By Jon Bubbett / October 10, 2018 / Comments Off on Simple Steps to Cultivate Your Best Marching Band Sound

A colleague of mine once asked, “Do our bands start sounding bad right before a contest or did we finally start listening?”  The earlier we start to really listen, the better our marching bands will be. As with concert band, jazz band and chamber ensembles, it takes daily cultivation and development over a long period…

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Cultivating Composers within your Ensembles

By Tyler Arcari / October 3, 2018 / Comments Off on Cultivating Composers within your Ensembles

Any of us who have spent time in the classroom know that at some point a student will come up to you and want you to look at a piece that they wrote. If you are not yourself a composer/arranger don’t sweat it, there are things you can do that will help to cultivate a…

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Breathing Clinic

By Jon Bubbett / September 25, 2018 / Comments Off on Breathing Clinic

Have you worked on breathing lately?  While it may sound simple, there’s nothing better than breathing exercises to help get your band ready for action.  The following are some teaching concepts you can use to teach dynamics and concepts of crescendos and decrescendos.   All exercises are to be done by blowing air through the instrument…

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Coming to Terms with Success

By Tyler Arcari / September 18, 2018 / Comments Off on Coming to Terms with Success

At some point in our lives most of us have pondered what makes us successful. Some people consider lavish lifestyles, big paychecks, large families, and/or important careers successful. However, if you want to be good at something you have to come to terms with a few things: 1: You can’t ever be “good enough”. The…

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Music Writing: Getting Started

By Carl Strommen / September 12, 2018 / Comments Off on Music Writing: Getting Started

You have a passion for music and an interest in the industry. You want to write music professionally…but how?  Take it from a seasoned professional, it takes time, knowledge, and hustle, but it is possible. Avenues are plentiful for writing music: film scoring, pre-recorded music for media, music libraries, and many more, but before you…

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When Did We Stop Enjoying Music?

By Tyler Arcari / September 5, 2018 / Comments Off on When Did We Stop Enjoying Music?

The music scene is full of some of the most caring, compassionate, and intelligent people in the world. We have some of the largest organizational gatherings with experts in education, performance, industry…you name it! But let’s face it; you have either heard or been involved in one of the biggest pit-falls for a musician… *Big…

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Creating a Comfortable Atmosphere for Your Beginners

By Chris Ferguson / August 20, 2018 / Comments Off on Creating a Comfortable Atmosphere for Your Beginners

Setting a positive atmosphere in your class is just as important as having functioning instruments for your new band members. Here are some helpful tips and reminders to create a classroom environment where all students can thrive! Making a Connection Be approachable! New students want to know if you are nice and if you like…

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Expectations – Failure to Plan Is a Plan to Fail

By Larry Clark / August 15, 2018 / Comments Off on Expectations – Failure to Plan Is a Plan to Fail

When you are working with students it is very important to establish your goals and expectations from the start. If you want your students to succeed, you have to communicate what you expect and why.  This can be long term expectations like, “I want you to be able to play all major scales by the…

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No questions, please: How to manage student expectations five minutes before rehearsal

By Peter Sciaino

I don’t need to write about the importance of every minute of rehearsal time.…

Interpretation from a Composer’s Perspective

By Larry Clark

As a composer, I am often asked how to interpret one of my pieces…

Simple Steps to Cultivate Your Best Marching Band Sound

By Jon Bubbett

A colleague of mine once asked, “Do our bands start sounding bad right before…

Cultivating Composers within your Ensembles

By Tyler Arcari

Any of us who have spent time in the classroom know that at some…

Breathing Clinic

By Jon Bubbett

Have you worked on breathing lately?  While it may sound simple, there’s nothing better…

Coming to Terms with Success

By Tyler Arcari

At some point in our lives most of us have pondered what makes us…

Music Writing: Getting Started

By Carl Strommen

You have a passion for music and an interest in the industry. You want…

When Did We Stop Enjoying Music?

By Tyler Arcari

The music scene is full of some of the most caring, compassionate, and intelligent…

Creating a Comfortable Atmosphere for Your Beginners

By Chris Ferguson

Setting a positive atmosphere in your class is just as important as having functioning…

Expectations – Failure to Plan Is a Plan to Fail

By Larry Clark

When you are working with students it is very important to establish your goals…