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- Published: 12 April 2016
To accelerate learning for B above the break, I put 1/4" round color coding labels on both pinky keys. Students learn that B is the bulls eye of the music staff and played with both pinky's.
Burr Intermediate School
East Northport, NY
- Published: 01 March 2016
The dot makes a note longer by half the notes value. I first teach the dotted half note, then the dotted whole note. Learning to read the dotted quarter note becomes much easier for students to grasp the concept of augmentation dots.
Burr Intermediate School
Commack, New York
- Published: 01 February 2016
Before playing your flute, take the mouthpiece only and do a few slurring exercises (going from the lower octaves to the high octave) and play around with your sound a little while looking into a mirror. Listen carefully how your sound changes by either pushing more air from your stomach, or loosening/tightening your embouchure. Make sure that your bottom lip is covering half of the mouthpiece! Do this as a 5-minute-warm-up and it should improve your tone quality!
New Caney High School
New Caney, Texas
- Published: 08 January 2016
Tip: I always start my practice with a stretch of my hand. By doing this, I can play more efficiently and easily with my hand not cramping up. To protect my hand from any strain, I also rub out my hand when I am through.
Bartlett High School
- Published: 11 December 2015
Play it again!
Often in rehearsal, we are quick to stop playing and "fix" something. Many times, simply playing a passage again and getting some repetitions in will "fix" the problem we wanted to stop and work on. Our students can "iron out the kinks" pretty well themselves if we give them the time and opportunity!
Feagin Mill Middle School
Warner Robins, GA
- Published: 11 November 2015
Practice articulations by using visual representations. Draw a picture of staccato.
- Published: 22 October 2015
Characteristic tone and tuning start with air. Unrestricted air requires use of the diaphragm, posture that allows for expansion in the abdomen, a relaxed and open throat, and no tension in the shoulders or neck. Good air should move a piece of paper held in front of the face from vertical to horizontal.
Dr. John Folks Middle School
San Antonio, Texas
- Published: 15 September 2015
For a well-rounded tone quality, I am convinced you need to warm-up the band always using long tones from B flat concert and play half steps down to low F concert and back up using half steps. It results in better tone and better tuning. It’s simple, but it works over a period of time.
- Published: 14 August 2015
Reseat string orchestral sections into multiple string quintets. This approach emphasizes listening beyond your section and part while playing in an ensemble. It can also be a smooth introduction to conductor-less chamber music. Additionally, it’s a good way to check for individual accuracy much more efficiently and more in context than having them play one at a time.
Celia Cruz Bronx High School of Music
- Published: 24 July 2015
When a student is sitting poorly they are able to take in air until their lungs can’t take in any more. To the student, this feels like a full breath of air. We know that once they sit up their chest cavity will be more open and allow them to take in even more air. To demonstrate this, hold up an empty disposable 12 oz. plastic water bottle, which represents their lungs.
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