Since launching the Music Ed Mentor Podcast in June, I’ve tried to keep topics focused on improving the lives of music educators “off the podium.” There are many great podcasts that can help you refine curriculum and have great rehearsals, but not so many that focus on how we can improve life outside of class time.
Over the last month, we’ve been making improvements in the new SmartMusic for teachers, students, and administrators. We’ve also introduced some features, added new content, and refined existing titles. Please check out the highlights below.New Features Grading scale and grading calendars can now be shared among classes. This means you only have to create them once, and they’ll become available for all other classes.
Brass players talk about lip slurs and flexibility to describe mastery over a simple concept: buzzing the right pitch. Band directors are all too familiar with a brass player buzzing the incorrect harmonic partial while fingering the correct notes. The result is the wrong pitch. Things get worse in the upper register, where partials are closer together and more accuracy is required.
At this time of year, many band directors start counting down the days until Thanksgiving and Christmas breaks. While we all look forward to the time away from our band halls (and students), the difference between just being tired and truly burning out is very significant. If we’re not careful, the former can often lead to the latter.
Gordon Goodwin’s interpretation of On Green Dolphin Street won a 2013 GRAMMY Award for Best Instrumental Arrangement. In this archived webinar, Gordon takes us on a unique, behind-the-scenes tour. Join him as he describes the process of creating and recording this remarkable big band chart.Watch Video of Gordon’s On Green Dolphin Street Webinar:
Gordon Goodwin has built a larger-than-life reputation throughout the music industry as a composer, arranger, and performer.
I am not what you would typically call a “teacher.” I do not have a regular classroom or a consistent group of students. I meander from city to city, band room to band room, talking to whomever I can get to sit down in front of me. It is a nomadic life and is filled with lots of idle time involving planes, trains, and automobiles.
Whether your primary focus is in the classroom or the private studio, today’s music educators must be highly productive. At the same time that more and more demands are made on our time, the number of distractions we’re presented with (including social media) are increasing as well. The following tips can help make the best use of time for both you and your students.
You always strive for truly memorable, enjoyable performances. Concert logistics play a huge role in making sure the show goes off without a hitch, and great rehearsals ensure the music is performed at the highest level. But what about everything else? Really “bringing down the house” takes showmanship.
In this episode, I speak with Michael Levine, founder, and director of the Dallas Brass, about showmanship.
It’s easy to run out of gas this time of year. Let us refill your tank with coffee and music!
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I have always felt that introducing students to composition can dramatically improve their ensemble experience. NAfME agrees. The following is from the NAfME website pertaining to the National Core Arts Standards on the “Opportunity-to-Learn Standards as Needs Assessment for Ensembles at the Elementary and Secondary Grades” page:
The curriculum emphasizes the Performing process but also provides experiences in Responding and Creating to enable students to understand these two processes and their components, allowing them to transfer what they have learned in the area of Performing.