Music Ed Mentor Podcast #010: Showmanship

Music Ed Mentor Podcast #010: Showmanship

You always strive for truly memorable, enjoyable performances. Concert logistics play a huge role in making sure the show goes off without a hitch, and great rehearsals ensure the music is performed at the highest level. But what about everything else? Really “bringing down the house” takes showmanship.

In this episode, I speak with Michael Levine, founder, and director of the Dallas Brass, about showmanship.

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National Core Arts Standards: Meeting “Creating” Requirements in Rehearsal

National Core Arts Standards: Meeting Creation Requirements in Rehearsal

I have always felt that introducing students to composition can dramatically improve their ensemble experience. NAfME agrees. The following is from the NAfME website pertaining to the National Core Arts Standards on the “Opportunity-to-Learn Standards as Needs Assessment for Ensembles at the Elementary and Secondary Grades” page:

The curriculum emphasizes the Performing process but also provides experiences in Responding and Creating to enable students to understand these two processes and their components, allowing them to transfer what they have learned in the area of Performing.

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.

Creating a Beautiful Flute Tone

Creating a Beautiful Flute Tone

One of the biggest concerns for all flutists is, without a doubt, creating a beautiful tone. A great deal of mystery, debate, and confusion surround this subject and long-held arguments exist between different camps. Students often struggle with trepidation and worry about their own tone and will ask me for advice on how to improve it.

Strategies for a Positive and Productive Rehearsal

Strategies for a Positive and Productive Rehearsal

Whether you’re a seasoned veteran or a new director, it’s important to structure rehearsals that are both positive and productive. Rehearsal time is at a premium, especially if your ensembles do not rehearse every day. With a little planning and preparation, you can create a rehearsal environment that enables your ensembles to reach their goals.

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.