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MAC Corner

  • Applying the Artistic Processes from the National Standards to Pandemic Teaching

    Mike Lawson | December 3, 2020

    Instrumental music looks different this year. When we focus on what we can’t do as compared to years past or other states or programs, it can be frustrating. If that frustration carries into the classroom, it can pass on to students.

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  • Tips for Pandemic Teaching

    Mike Lawson | October 1, 2020

    Who among us on the first day of 2020 could have imagined where we are today? We can wish things were normal again, proclaim, “We can’t teach instruments and music online” or we can re-invent ourselves in sync with the 2020-2021 reality we face.

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  • Continuing the Journey

    Mike Lawson | July 31, 2020

    It was March 11 when Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz basketball team tested positive for the coronavirus. Within days, our country and our world applied the brakes.

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  • The Secret Ingredient of a High-Quality Music Program

    Mike Lawson | June 15, 2020

    Every music teacher’s dream is to create and foster a quality program where students enjoy performing life-altering repertoire at the highest level possible.

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  • But for Active Music-Making…

    Mike Lawson | February 6, 2020

    In January 2019, I was fortunate enough to attend the NAMM (National Association for Music Merchants) Show held annually in Anaheim, California.

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  • Defining the Difference

    Mike Lawson | December 5, 2019

    As this issue of School Band and Orchestra celebrates 50 Directors Who Make A Difference, it raises the question, “What makes the difference?”

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  • The Reasons Students Stay with Music

    Mike Lawson | October 3, 2019

    Now that the school year has started, it’s not too early to remember recruiting and retention.

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  • First Performance National Day of Celebration

    Mike Lawson | August 2, 2019

    Have you seen or heard #MSFQ and wondered what it means? It stands for More to Start and Fewer to Quit, and that’s what the First Performance National Day of Celebration is all about!

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  • Have You Heard Yourself Lately?

    Mike Lawson | April 10, 2019

    Teaching is a performing art and communication is constant. We spend a large part of each day giving instructions and feedback to our students. We meet with administrators, colleagues, parents, and members of our community both in casual and formal conversations.

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  • Five Action Steps to Help Reduce Director Burnout

    Mike Lawson | March 1, 2019

    To say that our chosen profession is challenging is certainly stating the obvious. We work long hours and continually seek to “build a better mousetrap.”

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  • 8 Essentials for Maximizing Rehearsal Time

    Mike Lawson | December 4, 2018

    Here are eight things you should be fitting into every rehearsal. If you keep things moving, it’s amazing how much you can accomplish in a 45 minute class.

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  • Starting A Music Booster Organization

    Mike Lawson | November 4, 2018

    School music booster organizations can be a tremendous asset to a school music program. These groups can also become a director’s worst nightmare. Booster organizations, like any group or business, must be well-planned and organized.

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