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  • Nashville Symphony and ALIAS violinist Zeneba Bowers Uses Her Talent and Voice to Inspire Young Musicians

    Mike Lawson | January 10, 2019

    “My family couldn’t afford violin lessons or a violin,” recalls Zeneba Bowers. “My elementary school gave me a free violin and my first year of lessons. But this was back when we actually had music education in public schools.”

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  • Rebuilding the Bands by the Bay

    Mike Lawson | December 4, 2018

    In September the North Bay Haven Charter Academy Marching Band and its auxiliary units brought home the first-ever regional first place of any Bay County, Florida high school.

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  • Introductions Showcases Chicago’s Young Talent: Broadcast from Millennium Park celebrates classical music students

    Mike Lawson | November 4, 2018

    Michael San Gabino grew up in the Chicago suburb of Park Ridge, Illinois, learning to play saxophone. In college he studied music and creative nonfiction writing at Northwestern University, and he became the drum major in the Wildcat marching band. All his life, he hoped to make a career in music.

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  • Rehearsing a Marching Band Front Line Ensemble

    Mike Lawson | November 4, 2018

    I am going to discuss rehearsal techniques for training a mallet and percussion section in your marching band. Many of these techniques can also be used in regular band rehearsal. Here are some helpful hints.

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  • How to Succeed at Your First (or Next!) Job

    Mike Lawson | November 4, 2018

    If you are (or are soon to be) a band or orchestra teacher, you may wonder what someone who spent nearly four decades in military music can offer for advice on this topic.

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  • You Can Teach Percussion (Even if You Don’t Play)

    Mike Lawson | November 4, 2018

    I have always felt that percussion students can easily be overlooked, maybe because they are way back in the room, but after many years of teaching, I have also come to realize that some teachers may not feel prepared or are intimidated when teaching percussion— especially as a non-specialist.

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  • Sousa in World War One

    Mike Lawson | November 4, 2018

    Of all the bandmasters active in 1917, it should come as no surprise that John Philip Sousa (1854-1932) would head the list of those who served during World War I.

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  • Independent Summer Music Camps

    Mike Lawson | August 30, 2018

    Mention summer camp and visions of marshmallows in the campfire, poison ivy, and bee stings come to mind. Perhaps a fond memory about singing around that camp fire also comes back. (We don’t write about those other memories!)

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  • Festivals at Sea (and More!) with Performing Arts Consultants!

    Mike Lawson | August 30, 2018

    Getting a large group of students to any destination of any distance for any kind of event is a challenge.

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  • The CMA Foundation Donates Millions to Music Education

    Mike Lawson | August 4, 2018

    The Country Music Association (CMA), established the 501(c) (3) CMA Foundation with a commitment to improving and sustaining music education programs across the United States, “working to ensure every child has the opportunity to participate in music education and every music educator has the support and resources needed to create a thriving program.”

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  • The Inside Voice: An Interview with Concertmaster David Kim

    Mike Lawson | August 4, 2018

    David Kim paused after playing a few exquisite bars of music on his Italian violin. The concertmaster of The Philadelphia Orchestra seemed concerned that his instrument may be echoing too loudly across the sweeping multistory lobby of the Kimmel Center, where other people were working or visiting. This moment during our Pepper interview showcased both Kim’s humble nature and his concern for others – along with his extraordinary talent.

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  • Symphonic Youth

    Mike Lawson | July 16, 2018

    School in Miami, Florida generally ends in late May or early June, not to start again until after Labor Day.

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