Influential Women in Music Education History and Why They Matter Today

Influential Women in Music Education History and Why They Matter Today

Though the history books may not always reflect this truth, women have always had considerable influence in shaping the field of music education. This has included those in the field of music education itself such as teachers, district supervisors, leaders of music education organizations such as MENC/NAfME, researchers, and also those contributing to music education literature through their work in transcription, arranging, and composition.

SmartMusic Repertoire Update: March 2018

SmartMusic Repertoire Update: March 2018

This month we’ve added 11 new ensemble titles to the SmartMusic Repertoire Library. Included are pieces for choir, concert band, and string orchestra. View the complete list.

Solos

As we mentioned previously, we also busily adding solos to new SmartMusic. These solos are also available in classic SmartMusic, but only in new SmartMusic do they feature on-screen music notation.

Fluency and Music

Fluency and Music

Music performance, at its best, must be fluent. Listeners expect to hear uninterrupted lines that include clear communicative information. Listeners desire accuracy and true competency from performers. From the simplest tunes to the most virtuosic concerti, the test of a fine performance is demonstrated fluency.

In recent weeks, I have been using a model/metaphor of fluency and music a great deal in my classes.

Utilizing the National Core Music Standards in Your Large Ensemble

Utilizing the National Core Music Standards in Your Large Ensemble

The 2014 National Core Music Standards are a great resource for those striving to teach music comprehensively through performance in large ensemble. Written for music educators, by music educators, these standards encourage students to do, think, feel, and understand music through the Three Artistic Processes of Creating, Performing, and Responding.

Preparing Your Jazz Band for Festival or Contest

Preparing Your Jazz Band for Festival or Contest

‘Tis the season for festival prep! For many band directors, jazz band happens outside of “regular” rehearsals, and that means preparing for a big performance (like a contest) can be daunting. When faced with limited time, every minute of rehearsal counts!

I like to break contest or festival prep into three phases: repertoire selection, addressing style, and final polishes.

The Band Director’s Guide to Student Retention

The Band Director’s Guide to Student Retention

The future of our music programs depends upon our ability to retain enrolled students. Our retention efforts must be ongoing, and should begin when we first meet each beginning music student.

We’ve compiled advice from successful educators that you can use to enhance your retention process. While their focus is on band, many of these strategies work equally well in orchestra and choir programs.

Creating a Culture of Excellence in Your 2nd and 3rd Bands

Creating a Culture of Excellence in Your 2nd and 3rd Bands

The strength and depth of a program that has multiple bands depends on the vitality of its non-varsity ensembles. Many band programs have excellent varsity bands, but I believe that in the best band programs, every band is strong, whether there are two bands or ten. Band should be just as much fun, educational, and important for students in the non-varsity band as it is for those in the varsity ensemble.

5 No-Fail Beginning Band Retention Activities

5 No-Fail Beginning Band Retention Activities

Nothing is more important to the success of our music programs than retaining the students who are already enrolled – particularly the beginners. We have to teach the beginners as if they have a scheduled performance at Carnegie Hall. In my previous post, I shared the S.M.A.R.T. approach to retention – i.e.