Improve Your Large Ensemble with Chamber Ensembles

Improve Your Large Ensemble with Chamber Ensembles

Imagine a perfect world. Imagine a world where your students bring greatly improved attitude, sound, rhythm, confidence, and listening skills to your rehearsal. Sounds great, right?

It is our experience that having students play in chamber ensembles regularly will give you stronger results for your entire program even though it may mean less large ensemble rehearsal time.

Antidotes for Performance Anxiety

https://www.headspace.com/blog/2015/01/17/mindfulness-and-mental-toughness/

In a recent TMEA convention, I asked;“How many of you have ever felt nervous while performing?” You can see the reaction above. So I asked,“Nobody?”

That got a laugh.

I find laughter and a sense of common humanity to be very helpful in approaching this uncomfortable topic.

SmartMusic at Instrument Fitting Day

SmartMusic at Instrument Fitting Day

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.

Influential Women in Music Education History and Why They Matter Today

Influential Women in Music Education History and Why They Matter Today

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.

Fluency and Music

Fluency and Music

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.

Utilizing the National Core Music Standards in Your Large Ensemble

Utilizing the National Core Music Standards in Your Large Ensemble

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.

Preparing Your Jazz Band for Festival or Contest

Preparing Your Jazz Band for Festival or Contest

‘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.