Music Ed Mentor Podcast #009: Performance Logistics

Music Ed Mentor Podcast #009: Performance Logistics

Do you have an upcoming concert or recital? Putting on a great event means mastering communication, motivation, marketing, and technology. The logistical details can make or break your concert or recital, while doing a great job with logistics will take things to the next level.

This episode of the Music Ed Mentor Podcast is all about the logistics.

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.

Bringing Passion and Emotion to Our Performances

Bringing Passion and Emotion to Our Performances

As we begin a new school year, we all aspire to top quality performances with our ensembles. We want our students to play accurately and with technical proficiency. But, I would guess that each of us as teachers and ensemble leaders desires more from our group. We want them to give inspired performances that move us and our audience.

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).

You Survived the First 8 Weeks of School – Now What?

You Survived the First 8 Weeks of School – Now What?

Oh, October. A month of seasonal shifts, and the inevitable tidal wave of colds and other viruses. It is also a wonderful time as so many fantastic ingredients have already formed the foundation of your music class. You have outlined and implemented routines, established expectations and reinforced them, and have distributed all the instruments.

Using the New SmartMusic for All-State Auditions

Using the New SmartMusic for All-State Auditions 2

Before you know it, students will be auditioning for all-state ensembles. Now is a great time to start putting a system into place to help them. In this archived webinar, we’ll show you some best practices, using the new SmartMusic to help students perfect their audition etudes and excerpts outside of class.

Take Your Music Technology to the Next Level – With SmartMusic

Take Your Music Technology to the Next Level – With SmartMusic

Technology in the classroom is more than just a fad. It has the potential to transform the way teachers do their jobs and helps students learn effectively in their “native” environment. In yesterday’s post, Katie Wardrobe shared seven ways you can “level up” your use of music technology, whether you’re a beginner just getting started with classroom technology or a veteran who’s been using tech tools for years.

7 Ways to Level up with Music Technology

7 Ways to Level up with Music Technology

Developments in technology over recent years have revolutionized the way I work and “play.” Smart use of technology can increase productivity, simplify tasks, and help your students learn more effectively. My biggest tip is to aim to “level up” your use of technology from your current starting point. If you consider yourself a beginner, no problems – just add in something small and simple.