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  • Survival Tip Five – Surviving The Warm Up: Technology to Enhance the Fun in Fundamentals! 

    John Mlynczak, M.M., M.Ed. | July 24, 2015

    Figure 1: Sample Classroom Audio GearOur previous three-part recording series on recording band rehearsals provided a solid foundation for recording in class and in concert. As you become more familiar and comfortable with using digital audio workstation (DAW) software to record, there are many beneficial uses in daily rehearsal warm ups that help add fun to fundamentals. Numerous studies show that integrating technology increases student engagement, and the ability to prepare content in advance and recall previous lessons will save time in rehearsal. In this article we will explore five examples of using technology to help teach musical fundamentals. 

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  • Perspective: Often Overlooked Student Benefits of Band Travel

    Mike Lawson | June 11, 2015

    (c) Sterling OrtizThis past week I’ve spent a lot of time meeting with the top brass of the performing arts programs put on at Disney World and Universal Studios in Orlando, Fla. as well as spending time in the two respective parks, meeting cast members in all areas of their hospitality, entertainment, educational, and management operations. A common theme among them was how many ended up working in their current capacity because of a band trip taken to perform in the parks. At Disney, in particular, it was almost a running gag after a while for me to ask what year a park cast member (as their employees are called) visited the park with their high school marching band.

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  • In the Trenches: A Defining Moment

    Bob Morrison | June 11, 2015

    Music leaders gather for breakfast to celebrate the release of the National Standards for Arts Education and the adding the arts as a core subject held at the National Press Club March 11, 1994. Pictured from left to right are: Michael Greene, president and CEO – National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS); Secretary of Education Richard Riley; John Mahlmann – executive director, MENC; Bob Morrison – executive director, American Music Conference and director of Market Development, NAMM; Larry Linkin, president and CEO, NAMMOver the course of my time of more than 25 years as a music and arts education advocate, I have seen how our field has been shaped by a series of defining moments – those actions, whether isolated events or sustained efforts that – when looked back on through the lenses of history – have changed the trajectory of our field.

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  • We Must All Rise to Honor Schools for Their Exceptional Music Education Programs

    Mary Luehrsen | June 11, 2015

    Speech of Hon. Joaquin Castro of TX to the House of RepresentativesWith this article, I happily share one example of the results of advocacy efforts for our Best Communities for Music Education program. I hope it inspires all of us to do more to assure that the music education programs we are close to and care about get the recognition and support they deserve.

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  • School Band und Orchester in Europa auf der Musikmesse

    Mike Lawson | May 19, 2015

    Mike Lawson (c) Sterling OrtizI recently returned from another annual trip to Frankfurt, Germany where I again attend the Musikmesse/ProLight + Sound tradeshow. Some of our American readers will have never heard of this event. While attendended is similar in size at both the NAMM and Musikmesse/ProLight + Sound show, the amount of exhibit space used and the meeting facilities employed in Frankfurt are enormously different.

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  • In the Trenches: Saving Music Education in West Virginia

    Naomi Crews | April 7, 2015

    In 2007, when Eric Akers took over the music program at Barboursville Middle School in Barboursville, West Virginia, only 11 students participated in the school orchestra. Akers worked hard to expand the program, but he did not have enough instruments to accommodate the demand. Up to a half-dozen students shared one of the few violins and cellos that belonged to the school and no one could take them home to practice.

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  • Perspective: Until Politicians Value School Music, Many Students Will Struggle

    Mike Lawson | March 9, 2015

    Mike Lawson (c) Sterling OrtizI’ve made no secret of the fact that it was music classes that motivated me to get up in the morning and go to school. My own music education experience was in a fairly middle class school system. Participation in band meant your parents had to buy or rent an instrument for you. I saw a lot of lower income kids either not sign up for band or struggle with learning to play and later drop out because they were given substandard rental instruments that made learning more difficult.

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  • Metroplex Piano, Yamaha and Carter Albrecht Music Foundation Donate Portable Keyboards For Students In Need

    Naomi Crews | February 24, 2015

    Celebrity Trumpet Player Freddie Jones Announces Donation of Digital Keyboards to Trumpets4Kids.

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  • The National Association for Music Education Welcomes Partners in the Fight for Music Education

    Naomi Crews | February 20, 2015

    RESTON, VA (February 20, 2015) – The National Association for Music Education (NAfME) has launched a new Associate membership program that offers private teachers, professional musicians, parents, community leaders, and others an opportunity to partner with classroom-based music educators all across the country.

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  • Perspective: Inclusion of Special Needs Learners in Music Classes

    Mike Lawson | February 19, 2015

    I spend a good deal of time each year attending state “MEA” shows — including Ohio, Texas, Florida, Tennessee, and others around the country — along with the NAfME conference. I’m always intrigued by the sessions presented and the creative topic names the presenters use to entice a music educator to attend their session.

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  • Yamaha Appoints Gerhart as Product Manager, Percussion Instruments

    Naomi Crews | February 19, 2015

    Yamaha has announced the appointment of Dave Gerhart as product manager for the company’s Percussion Department, Band & Orchestral Division. He will report to Troy Wollwage, marketing manager, Percussion Instruments.

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  • Manhasset Specialty Names Roberts President and General Manager

    Naomi Crews | February 19, 2015

    Manhasset Specialty CompanyThe Board of Directors of Manhasset Specialty Company has announced the hiring of Dan Roberts as president and general manager to replace Barry Heid, who is retiring from that position after a very successful career of 16 years working with the company.

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