Finding ways to motivate the students in our large ensembles is among our most important challenges. To provide you with strategies to do so, this post draws from material originally presented at the 2017 Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic.
The Otamatone Note Ninja Songbook is a brand-new beginning Otamatone method, available exclusively in SmartMusic. If you’re new to the world of the Otamatone, the video below offers a brief introduction (by Otama the Tone himself) and a performance of one of the pieces in the book.
In honoring March as Women’s History month we recognize the achievements of women from the past. We take this opportunity to talk about women composers who have been overlooked, female performers and conductors, and women who are music educators and advocates.
The Haunted Carousel is a grade 3 piece for band (with optional iPad theremin). Composed by Minnesota conductor, composer, and educator Erika Svanoe, it is a delightfully spooky and quirky piece that captivates students and audience members alike.