A Game Plan for Great-Sounding Saxophone

The Game Plan for Great-Sounding Saxophone

Producing a beautiful sound should be the first goal of any musician. Correct notes and rhythms performed with poor sound quality? No one wants to hear that, let alone create it.

Saxophone students need a game plan to produce great sound. They need a strategy that covers every aspect of their sound production, including tone, embouchure, breathing, tuning and voicing, technique, articulation and vibrato.

Multiage Learning Communities: Win-Win Collaborations

Multi-age Learning Communities: Win-Win Collaborations

Have you ever wondered about what can happen when schools and higher learning institutions work together to serve the educational needs of their students?

An important aim of 21st-century education is to develop classroom environments that are “communities of learners” – where educator and students work and learn together for the greater good of all.

Thrive, Don’t Just Survive Your First Year of Teaching

Often, the first year of teaching is associated with negative connotations. We are told to “stay afloat,” to “stay one step ahead,” and to “survive.” The purpose of this article is not only to dispel these predispositions, but to also discuss methods, actions, and strategies to acquire, enter, and thrive within the first few years of teaching.

Update on the New SmartMusic

Update on the New SmartMusic

We introduced the new SmartMusic last September, and it was officially launched in December. Over these first 6 months, our top priority has been to improve the new SmartMusic to meet and exceed the expectations of all music educators. In this process, our focus has been to:

Gather, listen to and answer user feedback on a daily basis, and to Be as agile and quick as possible to implement new features and solutions.

Making Musical Decisions, Part. 1: Score Study

Making Musical Decisions, Part. 1: Score Study

As teachers, we influence our students in many ways. Probably the most influential method is our direct communication with them, both verbal and nonverbal. Don’t forget that conducting is communication!

In our rehearsals, we strive to open the lines of communication between us and our students. Throughout the rehearsal process, we can work to help our students create musical ideas, share independent thoughts, and lead their peers.

Featured Content: Michael Markowski’s Shadow Rituals

Featured Content: Michael Markowski’s Shadow Rituals

This month’s featured title is Michael Markowski’s Shadow Rituals, a wonderful piece for young band that’s available today in SmartMusic. Markowski describes this rhythmic and energetic piece as a dark and mystical dance – a reflection of something primitive or ancient.

Click the play button below to hear a recording of Shadow Rituals.

Strategies for Teaching Autistic Students in Your School Music Program

Strategies for Teaching Autistic Students in Your School Music Program

In recent years, there has been an increase in the diagnosis of autism among today’s youth population. As a result, music teachers have seen an increase in the number of autistic students in their classrooms.

Autism is a spectrum of disorders with characteristics that range from high-functioning Asperger’s to classic autism, in which children have significant communication and learning disabilities, In general, autistic children have difficulties with subtle forms of communication (visual cues) and with developing social skills.

Tips for the Traveling Instrumental Music Teacher

Tips for the Traveling Instrumental Music Teacher

I’ve spent the first 16 years of my career as a traveling instrumental music teacher. I teach elementary instrumental music, and I’m currently split between nine schools in a Title 1 area. My students are excused from their regular classroom to come to band and orchestra for 30 minutes twice a week.