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 Starting a new teaching job is an incredibly exciting and challenging moment in a young teacher’s career. In the midst of all the start-up chaos, here are four tips that might be helpful to new teachers.

Read more: Strategizing Success: Four Tips for First-Year Music Teachers


The Country Music Association (CMA), established the 501(c) (3) CMA Foundation with a commitment to improving and sustaining music education programs across the United States, “working to ensure every child has the opportunity to participate in music education and every music educator has the support and resources needed to create a thriving program.”

Read more: The Country Music Association Donates Millions to Music Education

String Section

Not much about playing the violin came naturally to me - but music did, very much so. One of the things I have always been able to do well is what I call “playing in” – being able to intuitively hear-and play with any group by listening, reacting and adding my voice.

Read more: Embracing Students Who Stop Practicing: An Alternative Approach


David Kim paused after playing a few exquisite bars of music on his Italian violin. The concertmaster of The Philadelphia Orchestra seemed concerned that his instrument may be echoing too loudly across the sweeping multistory lobby of the Kimmel Center, where other people were working or visiting. This moment during our Pepper interview showcased both Kim’s humble nature and his concern for others – along with his extraordinary talent.

Read more: The Inside Voice: An Interview with Concertmaster David Kim

MAC Corner

We can all remember the excitement of our first performance—dressing uniformly being the center of attention yet within the security of a group setting, and especially hearing the rousing applause of an excited and supportive audience! Developed by the Music Achievement Council, a 501(c)(6) non-profit organization, the First Performance National Day of Celebration (FPNDoC) is a turnkey demonstration concert designed to recognize and celebrate beginning band and orchestra students for their achievements.

Read more: You’re Invited…

Current Issue

Parades, flags, fireworks, picnics, politics and patriotic American music: whether it was the small-town traditional event at the centrally located bandstand, the televised parades, or Public Broadcasting’s Washington, D.C. annual holiday concert, it was the 4th of July, America’s Independence Day!

Read more: The All-American Song Book: A Reflection on Popular Patriotic American Songs


It’s hard to believe, but with the highly competitive 2018 DCI Summer Tour barely over, it’s already time to start getting ready for next year on marching music’s biggest stage.

Read more: Prepare for the 2019 Drum Corps International Tour During the Fall Marching Season

Current Issue

Teaching students to improvise can be one of the most challenging things we do as teachers. We spend so much time practicing written music. Even in jazz band, the focus is not always on developing improvisation skills. Here are some helpful tips to help your students improve their improvisation.

Read more: Improving Improvising


Clarity comes in surprising places. This summer I spent a week at Boy Scout camp in the forest of northern Wisconsin. My son is working towards his Eagle Scout badge, with a deadline to achieve that by his 18th birthday next spring when he’ll age out. That meant this would be his final year at summer scout camp, and being an assistant scoutmaster with the troop I wanted us to spend this one last time together at Camp Ma-Ka-Ja-Wan.

Read more: Does a Bugler Frack in the Woods?

Current Issue

Nearly every new teacher is urged to have a mentor to help guide them through their early years in the profession.

Read more: Be a Mentor – Get a Mentor

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