Managing Stage Fright

Managing Stage Fright

It is not unusual for performers to worry about memory slips and technical insecurity when playing before an audience. Understandably, anxious performers wish they could get rid of performance anxiety! As a therapist, I wish I could wave a wand and make this happen – but I must share the unwanted news that I cannot supply this magic.

Music Ed Mentor Podcast #015:
Ultimate Recruitment Guide

Music Ed Mentor Podcast #015: Ultimate Music Student Recruitment Guide

Savvy music educators know that getting students signed up for their program is a critical part of the job. If your program isn’t growing, it isn’t thriving. Having a great recruitment and retention strategy not only keeps your ensembles sounding great, but also helps expand your budget, secure support from the community, and show value to administrators.

New SmartMusic Repertoire Update: January 2018

Every month on this blog we list new titles that have been added to the SmartMusic repertoire library. To avoid confusion, we typically list only those titles that have been added to both new SmartMusic and classic SmartMusic.

Something New

This month we’re doing something a little different.

Quick Peek at the New SmartMusic: Simplifying Assignments

Quick Peek at the New SmartMusic: Simplifying Assignments

We are continually improving and adding features to the new SmartMusic. We created this ”Quick Peek” blog series to share 30-second video glimpses of how this progress can help you in your classroom. 

Time is always in short supply, so creating and sending SmartMusic assignments needs to be as simple and efficient as possible.

Mastering Student Data with SmartMusic

Mastering Student Data With SmartMusic

Managing data can be incredibly useful for your program. You can successfully manage fundraisers, demonstrate value (and progress) to administrators, and improve your communication with parents.

But your students have to come first.

Dealing with student data has come a long way since pencils, paper, and a sheet of graph paper.

5 Easy Ways to Develop Improvisation in Your Classroom

5 Easy Ways to Develop Improvisation in Your Classroom

We all know that teaching improvisation is important. Nevertheless, it is often set aside in favor of preparing notes and rests for upcoming concerts or festivals. However, if we fail to introduce improvisation as an integral part of jazz ensemble, then the jazz ensemble is not much more than a concert band with “swung” 8th notes.

Quick Peek at the New SmartMusic:
Introducing Practice Analytics

Quick Peek at the New SmartMusic: Introducing Practice Analytics

We are continually improving and adding features to the new SmartMusic. We created this ”Quick Peek” blog series to share 30-second video glimpses of how this progress can help you in your classroom.

Today we’ll peek at a brand new feature we call Practice Analytics.

The Practice Analytics tool allows students to see and track their own practice time.

Featured Content: Frank Ticheli’s Joy

Featured Content: Frank Ticheli’s Joy

This month we feature Frank Ticheli’s Joy. This uplifting grade 2 concert band piece is well suited for middle school and junior high school bands.

Click the play button below to hear a recording of Joy and click on the cover to follow along in the score.

Top 5 SmartMusic Blog Posts of 2017

Top 5 SmartMusic Blog Posts of 2017

The goal of the SmartMusic blog is to share actionable advice that music educators can put to use in the classroom. While we all have our personal favorites, these are the top five SmartMusic blog posts of 2017 according to you:

5. Considering the Hidden Curriculum in Music Classrooms

Hidden curriculum refers to the unwritten, unofficial, and often unintended lessons, values, and perspectives that students learn in school.