Playing Tip of the Month

Mike Lawson • ArchivesChoral • April 1, 2002

School music educators who submit their Playing Tips to School Band and Orchestra online will be eligible to win an embroidered SBO polo shirt. To enter, music educators can register their playing tips on the SBO Web site. One playing tip will be selected as the winner each month and, in addition to being awarded the prize, the winner’s performance tip will be published in a subsequent issue of School Band and Orchestra magazine. Register your playing tip today!

Here’s the tip from this month’s winner, Johnny Folsom, Cairo High School, Cairo, Ga.:

“Inspire students to make tuning their responsibility. As the ensemble finishes the warm-up chorale, scan the group and point to your ear. Spot-check several students on tuning pitch and expect results. Daily repetition and praise for pitch-matching and near matching are essential.”

The editorial staff at School Band and Orchestra would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the directors who submitted their playing tips throughout February and March. Please continue to visit our Web site for important information for school band and orchestra directors. For more information about this contest, please visit

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