End-of-Year Music Ensemble Checklist

End-of-Year Music Ensemble Checklist

We jokingly refer to this time of year as May-une, the strange but wonderful period between the end of April and graduation. Just like you we are busy with concerts, award ceremonies, banquets, and volunteer recognition.

A top priority in these final weeks is to do everything we can to best close up shop and set things up in advance for back-to-school.

Shaping A Culture of Success in Your Ensemble Classroom

Shaping A Culture of Success in Your Ensemble Classroom

Every director has an idea of what their dream rehearsal would look like. One can imagine it includes a group of focused, organized, and enthusiastic students all of whom came to class on time,  prepared, and ready to learn.

In each music program, a culture emerges – a distinctive personality that begins with the director and shapes how the students develop as team members and musicians.

Assessment Technologies and Tools for the Music Classroom

Assessment Technologies and Tools For The Music Classroom

Sooner or later it happens to all of us. We give a test or listen to an etude performed by a student and mark down what we believe is an appropriate and fair grade for that assessment. A week later we receive a call or an email from an irate parent asking why Johnny got a C when obviously he is the greatest musician ever to step into your classroom.

Speechless Rehearsal: Achieve More by Saying Less

Speechless Rehearsal: Achieve More by Saying Less

Some years ago I lost my voice a week before a major concert with my college orchestra. Seeing as the orchestra was at the point of fine tuning things like balance and phrasing, I went ahead with the rehearsal after having made a couple of signs I could hold up to indicate things like “Let’s do that again,” etc.

Empower Your Students to Perform Band Instrument Maintenance

Empower Your Students to Perform Band Instrument Maintenance

Instrument repairs can be costly. Many can be avoided with regular maintenance, but available time for maintenance is as rare as extra budget dollars for repairs. The good news is that your students can perform basic instrument maintenance. With a little guidance, they can take on the responsibility of maintaining both school and personal instruments.

Help Students Analyze Music for More Efficient and Effective Practice

Help Students Analyze Music for More Efficient and Effective Practice

Opening a book of cello etudes such as those of Duport, Popper, Piatti, etc. can bring about a sense of fear and panic in our students. “How do I approach this? Where do I begin?” Like most endeavors, the secret is in breaking the work down into smaller tasks. As students experience success with some of these smaller tasks, they’ll realize that they are making progress towards that goal that may have seemed unobtainable.