5 Innovative Ideas to Retain Beginning Music Students

5 Innovative Ideas to Retain Beginning Music Students

As orchestra, choir, and band directors, one of our biggest fears is that our programs will eventually disappear because of attrition. Yet we know that every year, a large number of kids register and participate in beginning ensembles. Clearly, the solution is to retain those beginners and keep them in the fold through their middle and high school careers.

SmartMusic Repertoire Update: November 2017

SmartMusic Repertoire Update: November 2017

In November we give thanks for the bountiful music we have at our fingertips. Well, that and other things, too.

This month we’ve added 13 new ensemble titles to the SmartMusic Repertoire Library. Included are pieces for choir, concert band, and string orchestra.

View the complete list.

New SmartMusic Update – November 2017

New SmartMusic Update - November 2017

Over the last month, we’ve been making improvements in the new SmartMusic for teachers, students, and administrators. We’ve also introduced some features, added new content, and refined existing titles. Please check out the highlights below.

New Features Grading scale and grading calendars can now be shared among classes. This means you only have to create them once, and they’ll become available for all other classes.

Gordon Goodwin on Arranging: On Green Dolphin Street

Gordon Goodwin on Arranging: On Green Dolphin Street

Gordon Goodwin’s interpretation of On Green Dolphin Street won a 2013 GRAMMY Award for Best Instrumental Arrangement. In this archived webinar, Gordon takes us on a unique, behind-the-scenes tour. Join him as he describes the process of creating and recording this remarkable big band chart.

Watch Video of Gordon’s On Green Dolphin Street Webinar:

 

 

Gordon Goodwin has built a larger-than-life reputation throughout the music industry as a composer, arranger, and performer.

Enter Our Fuel Your Fall Sweepstakes

Fuel Your Fall Sweepstakes

It’s easy to run out of gas this time of year. Let us refill your tank with coffee and music!

Join in the fun by entering to win our Fuel Your Fall sweepstakes.

Fuel Your Fall Prizes

Prizes include Alfred Music gift cards, an Aeropress coffee maker, delicious Ozo coffee, Starbucks gift cards, and more.

Bruce Pearson on Crafting a Purposeful Warm-Up

Bruce Pearson on Crafting a Purposeful Warm-Up

Just as athletes stretch their muscles to warm-up in order to execute at the highest level, musicians must warm-up their muscles, vocal chords, lips and brains prior to rehearsal and performance.

In this archived webinar, world-renowned educator, composer, clinician and KJOS method book author Bruce Pearson shares his insight on crafting an effective warm-up.

Featured Content:The Headless Horseman

Featured Content: The Headless Horseman

Today’s featured content is Timothy Broege’s The Headless Horseman. This grade 2 piece is suitable for middle school and high school concert bands. What’s more, it is spooky and perfect for this time of year!

Click the play button below to hear a recording of The Headless Horseman and click on the cover to follow along in the score.

Using SmartMusic for Better Sectionals

Using SmartMusic for Better Sectionals

As we all know, sectional rehearsals break up a large ensemble up into smaller groups. Directors can structure sectionals in many different ways. Sectional rehearsals can be done outside of class or replace regular class rehearsals. They can feature larger instrument groups (winds vs. strings, brass vs. percussion), instrument types (low brass vs.

Video: Asa Burk Shares Tips on Improving Sight Reading

Video: Asa Burk Shares Tips on Improving Sight Reading

Sight-reading skills aren’t just important in states that include sight reading in their evaluation contest – or just in the weeks preceding contest. They’re vital to every student, every day. Improved sight reading results in heightened awareness, better listening, and more accountability in the ensemble.

Asa Burk is the associate director of bands at Argyle High School in Argyle, Texas.

Recent Additions to the New SmartMusic

Recent Additions to the New SmartMusic

Over the summer we made many improvements to the new SmartMusic, including a new tuner, to get it ready for back-to-school. But we didn’t stop once school began. We continue to improve the new SmartMusic every day. In today’s post, we’ll highlight some of our more recent additions to the new SmartMusic, including the all-new Practice Analysis feature (seen above).