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Commentary

  • Getting the Short End of the Blowstick

    Sandra Kowalski | January 8, 2018

    Music departments across the nation have faced slashed funding for years despite proven studies showing the positive impact sustained involvement in instrumental music has on the strong relationship across middle and high school math proficiency.

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  • A World of Difference: Instrumental Music Education in France

    Andrew J. Allen | October 4, 2017

    Last summer, I had the pleasure of participating in the European University of Saxophone in Gap, France.

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  • School Music in Nepal (or the Luxury of U.S. Music Programs)

    Sandra Kowalski | October 4, 2017

    As the new school year begins you may be dreading all the anticipated challenges you will face; inadequate instruments, money for uniforms, getting the new kids up to speed, fear and worries over band competitions.

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  • Sharing the Podium: Enhancing Your Students’ Ensemble Experience

    Lisa Martin and Michael King | July 14, 2017

    Think back to your K-12 years, and consider all of the math teachers you had – from who taught you the multiplication tables, to the teacher that led you through your first geometry proof.

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  • From the Classroom to the Retailer, but Still in Education

    Scott Abrahamson | July 14, 2017

    I never thought I would do anything else but teach in a classroom, but events following the Recession of 2008 carved a path that changed my trajectory.

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  • Can An “Extreme” Rural High School Band Program Be Successful?

    D.L. Johnson | July 14, 2017

    The first thing everyone wants to know is what exactly makes a rural high school “extreme."

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  • Step It Up!

    Tracy Leenman | June 19, 2017

    Ideally, every band and orchestra teacher would like every child in their band and strings programs to own a quality “step-up” instrument, and the sooner, the better.

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  • The Best Things in Life Have Strings Attached: How to grow recruitment and ensure retention in your strings program

    Ward Dilmore | June 19, 2017

    It reminded me of the movie Spartacus.

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  • On the way to musicianship in public school programs: Exploring the turf

    Michael Korn | May 12, 2017

    This essay discusses introduction of Terry Riley's "In C" to urban middle school students as a vehicle for collaborative music-making.

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  • School Bands and Orchestras An Appreciation

    Harvey Rachlin | March 20, 2017

    School bands and orchestras carry on a great heritage in the American public school system.

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  • Letter to Santa

    Bob Morrison | December 13, 2016

    Hello Santa... it’s me again. I am back with my list of gifts for you to deliver this holiday season. Some are for those who have been naughty; most are for those who have been nice. Hurry up and pack the sleigh it’s almost time to go!

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  • Finding the Money

    Bryan Reesman | November 11, 2016

    Resources and strategies for paying for music school.

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