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  • Good News/Bad News While Most Students Have Access to Music Education, Nearly Four Million Students Do Not

    Bob Morrison | November 13, 2022Many of us in music education are aware of the research shows learning music results in educational, cognitive, social, emotional, and physical benefits. Even the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) recognizes music and the arts as part of a well-rounded education for all students. Yet, despite progress made in recent years to keep music […] Read More...
  • Empower by Sharing Power – Creating Student-Centered Rehearsals Through Guided Listening

    Jason Missal | November 13, 2022Initial Thoughts In any rehearsal, one of our primary goals should be to try to create as many moments of beauty as possible. Beauty occurs when everyone is fully engaged and actively listening, working together to realize a collaborative musical vision. Though guided listening will really blossom when students have mastered their individual parts, it […] Read More...
  • The Sin Of Generic Articulation

    Richard Floyd | October 13, 2022SBO: This is the second in a multi-part series by the esteemed music educator Richard Floyd, based on his book, The Seven Deadly Sins of Music Making, (part 1 was in the June issue, if you missed it). While Floyd refers to bands, every “sin” is equally applicable to orchestras, so I urge our string […] Read More...
  • Let Them Lead – Student Leadership Tips

    Dr. Matthew Arau | October 13, 2022Fresh start, new beginnings, blank slate, unlimited possibilities. Embarking on a new school year always gives me butterflies of anticipation as I dream of what is possible and the potential for all students to learn, grow, reach, and thrive.  This is the ideal time to set your intent, create a vision, and make short- and […] Read More...
  • So, You’re Hiring a New Music Teacher!

    Nathan Voges | July 8, 2022One of the challenges for any administrator is selecting new teachers. A successful music program has much in common with winning sports teams. Both need consistency from year to year with demonstrated progress. I wish to address a common situation where a music teacher with long tenure retires or moves to a different position and […] Read More...
  • Now More Than Ever, Music Education Matters

    Brian Wilson | July 8, 2022Dear Educators: The impact of the past two years on your profession is almost as indescribable as it is immeasurable. Reports of depression, isolation, and anxiety among students and adults have become commonplace as young people cope with the effects of two years of altered or absent activities. Now more than ever, young people need […] Read More...
  • How to Setup an Affordable Keyboard Lab for Your School

    Rich Formidoni | March 18, 2022Incorporating an electronic keyboard lab into your school’s music program can be a gratifying experience for everyone involved. Not only does it represent a significant extension of your existing program, but it also enables your students to improve their piano skills while having fun in a group setting. More advanced students can mentor others and […] Read More...
  • Music for Anxiety Regulation: A New Role for Music Education in the Modern Classroom

    Holly Carson | March 18, 2022Scrolling through social media, many have likely seen news organizations such as the Washington Post Journal (Nut, 2018) and the New York Times (Denizet-lewis, 2017) reporting on an increase of anxiety diagnoses in children and adolescents. Many of these news sources are trying to discover if this is a result of current society, or simply […] Read More...
  • Sound Advice: Revisiting Frederick Fennell’s Points for Performance

    Timothy Bulow | March 18, 2022Frederick Fennell is internationally recognized as one of leading conductors of music for band in the latter half of the 20th century. He established the wind ensemble as an important performance group within the band tradition. His work as the conductor of the Eastman Wind Ensemble set a standard of performance that remains a high […] Read More...
  • Classroom Management – You Can Do This!

    Rob Shaver | January 19, 2022Teachers just want to teach, and we would, were it not for the student discipline issues that derail our best laid plans. Below is an email I recently received from a former student we’ll call John.  He is in his first year as the band director of a large 6-12 program, and he was asking […] Read More...
  • Music Gives Students a Break from Learning Loss Stress

    Penny Swift | September 6, 2021After a year of remote schooling, the K-12 education sector is focused on reversing learning loss, seen in New York City’s recently announced $635 million academic recovery plan for the coming school year. But beyond learning loss, the pandemic had devastating mental, emotional and physical effects on students, particularly those who were in stressful circumstances […] Read More...
  • Practice Makes Perfect: Apps and Resources to Keep Students Playing Through the Summer

    George Hess | June 12, 2021We’re finally coming to the end of the longest year of your career, a year unlike any you have ever experienced. We’re all breathing a sigh of relief and looking forward to a well-deserved vacation. But as musicians, we know that too long of a break means taking a big step backward. Only the most dedicated students will stick to a practice regimen during the summer, but any playing they do can make a difference when your students return next term. Read More...
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