How To Write A Good Melody Composer, Rick DeJonge
1. Use the “Litmus Test” to help determine whether or not you have written a good melody. After playing your theme for someone else they should have it committed to memory after one listening and be able to hum it back to you. 2. Most all great melodies are singable and are connected through a li ...
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Building a High School Instrumental Program from Scratch By RONALD E. KEARNS
Whether you are a new teacher, veteran teacher in a new school or someone trying to build and maintain a school instr ...
Getting the Job Master Class
How to Apply for Your First Music Education Job
Hear directly from Music Ed. graduate, Anthony Messina, as he explains how he searches, applies, prepares, and interviews for teaching positions around the country in search of a job.
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Educator's View Point
by Donald DeRoche, Ph.D.
"Only a few of our students will pursue music as a career, but all of them will be well served if we can help them achieve a feeling of self-confidence."
Help your students learn not only music but a sense of accomplishment.
“Only a few of our students will pursue music as a career, but all ...
Just Another Day at the Office
How to get better results in concerts, auditions and other high-pressure performing situations
by Jon Gorrie
"Just another day at the office..." was originally written for classical musicians as an aid in preparing for auditions and other solo performances. However, the information in this article ca ...
Great Teaching: Something We All Should Aspire To
by David Branson
To be a great teacher is a gift that continues to be received by students for a life time.
The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates.
The great teacher inspires. ~William Arthur Ward The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery. ~Ma ...
Recruiting and Retention
by Gary Gribble
Instrumental music begins in our school system in sixth grade. It seems that more kids are getting "hooked" on multiple activities at earlier ages than ever before. We have summer sports and arts camps for kids as young as four years of age. The potential downside for our music program is that the kids be ...
Band Blast Off DVD
Launch Your Band Program
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Band Blast Off with Hosts Deanna Swoboda and Lance LaDuke is a revolutionary new DVD that will change the way band directors recruit students to join their music programs. This video is a valuable tool that will augment a band director's ability to recruit and wi ...
Taking Private Lessons
One of the best things you can do as a student is to take private lessons with a qualified teacher. You can receive individual help from someone who plays your instrument well and has experience working with students. Ask your music director to recommend a good teacher for you. School programs often have a list of priva ...
Learn To Practice – Step 7: Learn At Your Own Pace
No matter how well you practice your instrument and music, some things will always be harder for you and some things will always be easier for you. There will always be someone you know who can easily do what you find hard. There will always be someone else who finds what you do easily ...
Learn To Practice – Step 6: Keep Going!
Now that you have practiced your music using all of the first 5 Steps, you feel ready to play the music all the way through without stopping. When you do, KEEP GOING no matter what happens! Even though you have used all of the 5 Steps and really practiced well, you will still make some mistakes. D ...
Learn To Practice – Step 5: Intelligent Repetition
When you practice your music in smaller sections, it is easier to focus your attention in a concentrated way to learn the section. It may take you several times through the section of music to finally play it correctly. Many people stop at this point thinking they have learned it, only ...
Learn To Practice – Step 4: Practice In Bite-Size Pieces
As you practice your music, divide it into smaller sections or "bite-size pieces". The more difficult the music, the smaller the sections need to be. On one song you might work on each section from rehearsal number or letter to the next. Another might be in 4 measure sec ...
Learn To Practice – Step 3: Rhythm Positions
Now that you know the rhythm and the positions, you are going to practice putting them together. You are going to teach the rhythm to your positions so you can move them to the right position at the right time. This sounds very simple, but it is harder to do than it looks. To do rhythm positi ...
Learn To Practice – Step 2: Identify The Notes
Before you play your music, go through and identify each note by the position number and the Low-Middle-High for that position. Low Bb is 1 Low, F is 1 Middle, upper Bb is 1 High, etc. (see Low-Middle-High Warmup). When you identify the notes, you must say them out loud. This musical exampl ...
Learn To Practice – Step 1: Say In Rhythm, Stay In Rhythm
When you first practice your music, you need to know how the rhythm sounds before you do anything else. In music, everything meets at the rhythm. This means that everything you must do to play music on an instrument you must learn to do in rhythm at a steady tempo. The first step ...
Tips to Choose the Right Instrument for Your Child
Ruth BonettiDoes your child resist practice? Before we dismiss them as lazy or unmusical, perhaps there are some legitimate reasons we can blame the instrument? Some students may simply be incompatible with the instrument chosen. Many abandoned instruments cultivate mould and dust under beds because they we ...
The McBeth Inverted Triangle Meets the Stereo Knob
By Oliver C. Boone
Early in my career as a band director, I learned a valuable lesson in the art of disguising intonation in my concert band. While teaching at a small school in the panhandle of Florida, I invited a veteran clinician to work my concert band. He introduced me to the concept of the McBeth In ...
Selecting the Best Music for a Festival
by Oliver Boone and William Hickman
Selecting the right music is one of the most difficult aspects of the job of band director. This is obviously where the rubber meets the road when it comes to the front line picture of the job because our music, and how it sounds, is how we are valued in the profession. Selecting t ...
In my multiple years of teaching band, on an elementary and secondary level, I have determined one of the biggest causes of f r u s t r a t i o n for band directors and students is: different priorities
In an effort to solve this problem I have listed the student’s priorities vs. my priorities for your observa ...