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My parents have had the same hairstyles for over 50 years. They’re incredibly immune to cultural pressure to change and phenomenal at ..read more
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Sometimes you reach a place in your ensemble rehearsal where woodshedding a few difficult measures is no longer fun – or effective. We ..read more
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The jazz ensemble warmup is a great opportunity to teach some scales that are useful in jazz improvisation. Common modes like mixolydian ..read more
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Looking for a dramatic Grade 4 piece that can help motivate student development in 16th notes, chromatics, and shifting? Doug Spata’s ..read more
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When planning to teach a new selection that includes a tricky rhythm, I suggest teaching the rhythm separately before sight reading the ..read more
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When you wake up in the morning, do you look forward to your day of teaching music with excitement and anticipation? Can you hardly wait ..read more
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Years ago I did some survey work to discover the biggest cause of stress in the lives of music educators. The answer? Funding. So I went ..read more
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Beginning band instructors spend a lot of their time at the end of the school year recruiting future ensemble members. Some tour to ..read more
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Let’s say you’re getting close to your performance date and your students are reasonably prepared. Want to try something different ..read more
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Keeping percussion students involved throughout every rehearsal can be a challenge, especially on pieces that don’t include several ..read more

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