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Commentary

  • Advising Student Musicians on a Career in Music

    Harvey Rachlin | May 8, 2019

    There comes a time in some student musicians’ lives when they give thought to pursuing a professional music career.

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  • 10 Rules for Overcoming Stage Fright

    Harvey Rachlin | April 10, 2019

    Many years ago, when I was a junior in high school, our concert band director who was my private clarinet teacher, told me at a lesson that I had pretty much nailed Carl Maria von Weber’s Concertino for Clarinet.

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  • College Music Internships

    Harvey Rachlin | March 1, 2019

    An internship can be one of the most rewarding experiences of a college education.

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  • Expanding Creativity In Your Program: Developing an Entrepreneurial Spirit

    Sean Murphy | January 10, 2019

    In music, students are capable of achieving unimaginable levels of success. Frequently, we underestimate what our students are capable of achieving, given the right environment.

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  • Building a Lasting Lineage Through Mentorship

    David Schumacher | November 4, 2018

    More than two decades after graduation, I still try to grab a drink with my middle and high school jazz band director Dick Rabideau when I’m back home in Plattsburgh, New York.

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  • Top 10 Qualities of an Effective Band or Orchestra Conductor

    Harvey Rachlin | November 4, 2018

    We all have had teachers we remember because they had an impact on us in some wonderful way in school.

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  • Increasing Upper-line Instruments in Your Music Program

    David Willson | October 1, 2018

    Growing up (yes, I am old), I remember my dad stopping at the gas station by the soft serve ice cream shop.

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  • Your School Band or Orchestra: A Student Appreciation

    Harvey Rachlin | October 1, 2018

    Playing in a school band or orchestra can be a satisfying and enriching experience for students. School ensembles offer many potential benefits for student musicians, some of which can last a lifetime and extend to areas outside of music. Here are 25 reasons for students to love playing in a school band or orchestra:

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  • Jazz Up Your Concert Programs

    Harvey Rachlin | August 30, 2018

    The doors open, and as the audience begins filing in, everyone is handed a program as they enter the auditorium.

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  • Invite a Celebrity to Participate in Your School Concert

    Harvey Rachlin | August 30, 2018

    Few things excite people as much as being in the presence of a celebrity. Indeed, on many occasions I’ve had the opportunity to witness first-hand the reactions of people in the company of luminaries and it’s pretty amusing to watch them gawk, get giddy, or otherwise go gaga.

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  • Helping students get what they really want – and need

    Tracy E. Leenman | August 3, 2018

    Dear SBO Readers,

    We recently had another rental saxophone returned, and I wanted to cry. Even more than I usually do. Why? Because this little girl came to us for mouthpiece testing and we strongly recommended she begin on clarinet and switch to sax when she was a little bigger.

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  • How Good Were the Players in Sousa’s Band?

    Maj. Patrick W. Dugan | June 8, 2018

    John Philip Sousa (1854-1932) started his own band in 1892, which toured and played until his death in 1932. It was made up of over 1,169 different musicians over that 40-year span of time.

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