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Fundraising 101: Don’t Dread Delivery Day! It’s coming! Delivery day. Once the fundraiser is underway, the panic starts to trickle in. The organizing, the chaos, the confusion…the time. Even if you have a great kick-off, a sneaking sense of dread tends to creep in as the the order arrival gets closer.   But there’s no ne ...
The Questions You Should Ask when planning a student trip So, you’ve picked a couple of destinations you want to go with your students? Great! To make the most of your experience, here are some important questions to ask of your tour provider or student travel company when getting a quote. When it comes to making positive memories that will last a lif ...
The Key to Running a Successful Band Program By Jon Linker   Case Study: Foxborough High School Band Have you ever wondered how some school music programs always seem to produce top-notch ensembles year after year? In every state, there are always those “powerhouse” programs that just seem to consistently rise above the rest. But why? Ho ...
Helpful Tools for Band Directors End of School Year 1) Form letter to send to Parents of 1st year instrumental students2) Free recruitment tools courtesy of Jupiter and Be Part of the Band3) Resource Hub: GatBanded.com link. Click the Image aboveto view the Letter for Parents of 1st year band students written by renowned Music Educator, Antony Mazzocchi. ...
Preserving the tuning of your most valuable instrument: Why caring for your hearing is important Music rehearsals and performances begin with a vital exercise: tuning the instruments. Tuning is essential to ensure harmony and produce a blend that’s a delight to the ear. While you and your students may perform tuning often in a typical day, you may be ...
The Mapex Drum Company partners with Drum Corps international’s Jersey Surf, Pacific Crest, Blue Knights and Columbus Pro Percussion to Lend Support to the Watkins Memorial High School Drumline Mt. Juliet, TN – July 25, 2014 – The Mapex Drum Company and three of Drum Corps International’s elite World Class Drum and Bugle Corps, a ...
Jupiter Band Instruments, VH-1 Save the Music and The Lego Children’sFund Band Together to Enrich Music Education in New Haven, CT Mt. Juliet, TN – May, 2014 – Andrew Dost of the Grammy Award-Winning band fun, and Jupiter artist spoke about the impact of music in his life and the importance of music education in schools at an event held ...
Visit the NEW Fundraising Division How to motivate fundraiser participants With the sheer volume of fundraising activities for many genuine needs, the competition is tough and time is short.  Every fundraising effort needs to stand out in the crowd and differentiate itself.  Be aware of what other schools and groups are doing in your communi ...
Spring Cleaning in the Band Room By Robert W. Ricker, ESW, Director of Operations Quick Horn Rinse March 29, 2013 Spring is here. Big concert on the horizon. Time to do all we can to get ready for the last concert of the year and for some of your students, the last time they will play with your band. But that’s not so for germs, mold, and grunge ...
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 ...
NEWS! Vandoren Announces Call for Auditions for Emerging Artists Vandoren Masters Mouthpiece Launch Wildly Successful Musicians Love Vandoren’s New MO 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. » Download the PowerPoint Presentation Here » Download Interview Questions Her ...
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 Introduction "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 » Watch the Band Breakdown Rap Here   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 Norlan Bewley 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 ...
Establish Priorities – Order Of Importance Norlan Bewley When you learn your music, it is very useful to establish priorities so that you have an order of importance for putting things together. Priorities make your practice much more efficient and productive, so that you get more successfully done in less time. You want to learn in an order where on ...