Repertoire Spotlight on Bob Margolis’ Arrangement of “The Battle Pavane”

Spotlight on Bob Margolis’ Arrangement of “The Battle Pavane”

Recently, our repertoire development team conducted an informal survey of MakeMusic employees regarding their favorite SmartMusic pieces. We’ll share their replies as “Staff Picks” in the next few months within SmartMusic, on this blog, and on our Instagram account (@smartmusicofficial).

Our social media manager, Ryan Sargent, chose “The Battle Pavane” as one of his favorites because it was, “One of the very last pieces I conducted with my middle schoolers before coming to work for MakeMusic; I’ll always remember that final concert!”

Click the play button below to hear a recording of “The Battle Pavane” and click on the cover to follow along in the score.

Singing in the Instrumental Classroom

I get it. Like many instrumental music teachers, you may be hesitant to sing in your classroom. You suspect the kids won’t like it, you worry that you won’t be any good at it, and you know there isn’t enough time. There’s never enough time.

I can’t give you more hours in the day, but I can promise you that singing with your players is an excellent use of everyone’s time.

The Role of Mentorship in Successful Student Teaching

The Role of Mentorship in Successful Student Teaching

Student teaching is a time of dual identities as individuals make the transition from student to teacher. Researchers have consistently found that the time spent in the schools during practicum is incredibly impactful on future music educators, and this impact can be either positive or negative. In order to help maximize the growth of student teachers, it is important to understand the nature of the relationships that form the foundation of the student teaching experience and the roles that all three participants play.

Free Ebook with Music Department Budgeting Tips

Free Ebook with Music Department Budgeting Tips

Now that the holiday break has faded from the rearview mirror, you’re 100% focused on fulfilling all your new year’s resolutions, right?

Not if your budget is due soon.

Budgeting is one of those things that can feel all-consuming – like there’s room for nothing else – until it has been completed.

Successful Recruitment Is a Process, Not an Event

Successful Recruitment Is a Process, Not an Event

This time of year many of us are gearing up for recruitment of our new beginner musicians. Running recruitment can be time-consuming and a little overwhelming amidst everything else the busy director has to do. But of all the non-teaching responsibilities required of the band or orchestra director, recruitment is most worthy of every ounce of energy we put into it.

An Administrator’s Guide to Music Department Budgeting

An Administrator’s Guide to Music Department Budgeting

There are so many variables when speaking about budgets. Generally, each school receives a set amount of funds from the state or federal governments and granting institutions based on a variety of formulas. At universities, distribution of funds can be based on tuition, student fees, grants, and bond issues. In common education, funds are generally received based on student average daily attendance, bond issues, and grants.

How Parent Booster Groups Can Help Your Music Program

How Parent Booster Groups Can Help Your Music Program

For many programs, parent booster groups are essential. They help provide access to resources that school districts can’t provide. In addition to fundraising benefits, individual booster parents bring many talents into our organizations. When managed correctly, these contributions can greatly relieve a lot of the stress associated with being a music director.

Spotlight on “The Articulate Jazz Musician”

Spotlight on "The Articulate Jazz Musician"

This month we added 12 new ensemble titles to the SmartMusic Repertoire Library. Included are new pieces for concert band, string orchestra, and choir. View the complete list here.

Also added was an excellent jazz method book titled “The Articulate Jazz Musician.” This medium-difficulty level method supports standard jazz band instruments as well as flute, clarinet, and tuba.

Ten Steps Toward Full Inclusion

Ten Steps Toward Full Inclusion

Recent months have seen an American society that is increasingly polarized, and we have come to have a greater understanding of the presence of intolerance and prejudice in our nation. Because our classrooms are a microcosm of society at large, it is worth exploring how issues of diversity and inclusion influence music education.