As music educators, we all understand the importance of successful instrument fitting and recruitment events. The challenge is in finding the needed instruments, supplies, resources, and time when both budget and free minutes are in such short supply. Often, the perfect solution can be a local educational representative from a reliable music retailer.
Instrument fitting days are exciting events for your incoming students. They’re also a perfect opportunity to get logistical details out of the way early, freeing you and students to focus on music when school starts. Many educators also use fitting day (or another mandatory parent meeting) to perform administrative tasks including signing everyone up for Remind, CHARMS, and their LMS.
Musicians move to produce sound from their instruments. The quality of their movement determines the quality of their sound. By learning to move in accordance with the true anatomical design of the body, musicians can more easily produce their best sounds and prevent injury and limitation. Body mapping can help.
Led by the National Association for Music Education, Music in Our Schools Month (MIOSM) was created to demonstrate the powerful role that quality music programs play in the lives of young people. This month we highlight how critical it is to make music education available to every student. Your mission is to go out there and promote the heck out of your program!
Though the history books may not always reflect this truth, women have always had considerable influence in shaping the field of music education. This has included those in the field of music education itself such as teachers, district supervisors, leaders of music education organizations such as MENC/NAfME, researchers, and also those contributing to music education literature through their work in transcription, arranging, and composition.
Music performance, at its best, must be fluent. Listeners expect to hear uninterrupted lines that include clear communicative information. Listeners desire accuracy and true competency from performers. From the simplest tunes to the most virtuosic concerti, the test of a fine performance is demonstrated fluency.
In recent weeks, I have been using a model/metaphor of fluency and music a great deal in my classes.
The 2014 National Core Music Standards are a great resource for those striving to teach music comprehensively through performance in large ensemble. Written for music educators, by music educators, these standards encourage students to do, think, feel, and understand music through the Three Artistic Processes of Creating, Performing, and Responding.
‘Tis the season for festival prep! For many band directors, jazz band happens outside of “regular” rehearsals, and that means preparing for a big performance (like a contest) can be daunting. When faced with limited time, every minute of rehearsal counts!
I like to break contest or festival prep into three phases: repertoire selection, addressing style, and final polishes.
The future of our music programs depends upon our ability to retain enrolled students. Our retention efforts must be ongoing, and should begin when we first meet each beginning music student.
We’ve compiled advice from successful educators that you can use to enhance your retention process. While their focus is on band, many of these strategies work equally well in orchestra and choir programs.
The strength and depth of a program that has multiple bands depends on the vitality of its non-varsity ensembles. Many band programs have excellent varsity bands, but I believe that in the best band programs, every band is strong, whether there are two bands or ten. Band should be just as much fun, educational, and important for students in the non-varsity band as it is for those in the varsity ensemble.