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MAC Corner

  • 5 Smart Ideas to Help Retain (This Year’s) Beginners

    Marcia Neel | April 2, 2022The S.M.A.R.T. approach focuses instruction and experience around success, modeling, activities, reflection, and trust as these five elements seem to bring our newbies back for more.  Success Our beginners really want to be successful; their parents want them to be successful, and of course, we also want our students to be successful so what must […] Read More...
  • The Impact of a Great Teacher – Student Relationship

    Dr. Charles T. Menghini | February 23, 2022I’m at that point in life when I look back and try to figure out who those people were that helped me make it along the way. Those people who were responsible for my growth and development as a young trumpet player, student, teacher, husband and human being. In taking inventory, I find my parents […] Read More...
  • Programming to Get the Most Out of Your Concert Assessment Concert Cycle

    Sarah Labovitz  | December 18, 2021“Concert and Sight-Reading Evaluation,” “Concert Contest,” “Large Group Evaluation,” whatever name it goes by in your state, many directors find themselves programming for a capstone performance during the spring in front of a panel of judges. Whether the result of this performance is a rating or a ranking, it is often enough to make our […] Read More...
  • Rebuilding the Culture

    Dr. Charles T. Menghini | August 13, 2021Hopefully we are coming out of the pandemic and school bells will not ring hollow as classes begin in the fall. Despite some upticks in Covid variants, the news is positive as more and more reports indicate students and teachers will be back in school. For those who have been in class during this time, […] Read More...
  • Covid-19 Relief Funding Includes Support for Music Education

    Robert B. Morrison and Marcia Neel | April 6, 2021Covid-19 relief funds have been set aside to support education. Since the passage of the CARES Act in 2020, there have been two subsequent relief acts passed. All three provide increasing amounts of support through the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Funds (ESSER I, II, and III). Read More...
  • Planning to Teach in a Post-Pandemic World

    Dr. Charles T. Menghini | February 6, 2021Dr. Charles T. Menghini explains what should be front and center in your band program as music educators across the country prepare for what comes after the COVID-19 pandemic. Read More...
  • MAC Corner: Festival

    Marcia Neel | January 21, 2014

    Teaching to the Test: Preparing school bands and orchestras for Festival

    From time to time, I read articles or hear news stories that focus on teacher evaluation and how “unfair” it really is to judge a teacher by the assessment of his or her students’ work. Each time, I am reminded how much we music educators have been doing just that all along! Hello, “Performance” Assessment – even that term is borrowed from our vernacular.

    Being more about assessment than many of our fellow educators from the other academic areas, our students learn by “performing”; not necessarily in the concert sense of the word, but more generally in the “learning by doing” concept that is implicit in our instrumental music courses.

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