Music Ed Mentor Podcast #014: New Year’s Resolutions

Music Ed Mentor Podcast #014: New Year’s Resolutions

Making New Year’s resolutions is easy. Keeping them is hard. One key is to choose resolutions that make a tangible difference in your life. Resolutions are about more than “setting goals,” they’re about becoming a better person.

As regular listeners know, I’m a little obsessed with helping music educators have the best lifestyle they can.

New SmartMusic Update – December 2017

In the last month, we’ve made many improvements to help educators work more efficiently with the new SmartMusic. Today we’ll provide some details on what’s new in assignments, grading, and the administration of SmartMusic seats. We’ll also share some hints on what SmartMusic news we might announce this week at the Midwest Clinic.

Music Showcased at the 2017 Midwest Clinic

Music Showcased at the 2017 Midwest Clinic

The 71st Annual Midwest Clinic International Band, Orchestra, and Music Conference takes place in Chicago this week, December 20-23, 2017.

This conference originated in 1946 as means to provide directors with an opportunity to discover new repertoire. Today it offers more than 40 concerts, 90 clinics, and 400 exhibitors and remains a great way to discover new music.

SmartMusic Repertoire Update: December 2017

SmartMusic Repertoire Update: December 2017

This month we’ve added 13 new ensemble titles to the SmartMusic Repertoire Library. Included are pieces for concert band and string orchestra.

View the complete list.

But wait, there’s more! We also added five brand-new method books. These include Vocalize! (Alfred), Sound Innovations: Creative Warmups (Alfred), Measures of Success for Strings, Book 2 (FJH), My First Arban (Carl Fischer), and My First Universal (Carl Fischer).

Data Collection and Music Program Fundraising

Data Collection and Music Program Fundraising

Fundraising is a necessary “evil,” required for most of our programs to survive and flourish. Unfortunately, few music educators were also trained as accountants. Because sloppy accounting often looks very similar to mismanagement of funds, we all need to add careful data collection to the skills we use in the classroom each year.

Data and the Art of Student Progress

Data and the Art of Student Progress

I have heard the following comment many times, from many judges’ recordings, from many festivals:

“I hope my comments were helpful.”

In this context, this comment has always made me wonder. Why would anyone ever attend a festival without making changes that benefit their students?

Music Ed Mentor Podcast #013: Tips For Job Transitions

Music Ed Mentor Podcast #013: Tips For Job Transitions

Whether you’re just getting started in music education or are thinking about a new position, you likely have questions about getting a job. Depending on your situation, you may not even know how to get started on your job search.

In this episode, I speak with five educators with experience in the field.

Get Your Music Program What It Needs by Embracing Data

Get Your Music Program What It Needs by Embracing Data

Being a school music director involves so much more than teaching, assessing, and managing students. The tasks required to run a music program of any size can be daunting, and often, our preservice training doesn’t provide sufficient administrative background needed to navigate some of the biggest challenges of the job.