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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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  • Teaching through Leadership: Lifelong Lessons from the Podium

    Lieutenant Patrick Hill | November 11, 2016

    You’ve been through five years of college. You’ve learned music theory, aural skills, music history, marching band techniques, brass, woodwind, and percussion techniques, and basic (and I do mean “basic”) conducting techniques. You’ve learned educational psychology, curriculum development, lesson planning, and you’ve student taught. You’ve graduated and landed your first job. You are ready! ...but are you?

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  • Nurturing Passion in Young Musicians

    Harvey Rachlin | October 6, 2016

    In the September 2016 issue of School Band and Orchestra there appeared an article I wrote entitled “Practice Without Playing.” I actually wrote the article, or at least a first draft of it, a long time ago — half a century ago to be precise — when I was just 15 years old and a student in the tenth grade. At the time I had played the clarinet for just thirteen months but by my sophomore year I just couldn’t get enough of this mellifluous licorice stick and my passion for music was becoming insatiable.

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  • Perspective: “Summertime come and gone, my oh my…” or “Welcome Back.”

    Mike Lawson | September 8, 2016

    Its back-to-school season again.

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  • Make Your Band into Dynamic Detectives

    Dr. Ward Miller | September 8, 2016

    As the marching season fades behind us and we move into a more concert band-focused period of the year, we are all looking for ways to improve the sounds of our indoor ensembles. Amongst the many factors we have to contend with – tone quality, rhythmic and pitch accuracy, intonation, and more – one item can often hide from our ears “in plain sight” as it were: balance.

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  • Classroom: Everything I Need to Know About Teaching I Learned from My Dog

    Cami Tedoldi | September 8, 2016

    I always had dogs growing up, and they were an integral part of our family. When I was a senior in college my family had to say goodbye to our dog of 12 years, Lucky.

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