In this very special episode of the Music Ed Mentor Podcast, we welcome our first GRAMMY-winning guest! I’m excited to share my conversation with Melissa Salguero, who was recently named the GRAMMY Music Educator of the Year. You may recognize Melissa’s voice from Episode 12, where she shared tips on how to get the most from music education conferences.
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.
This month we feature Frank Ticheli’s Sanctuary. This remarkable grade 5 concert band piece is suitable for college bands.
To view the score and hear the recording simultaneously, first click the play button:
Then follow along in the score by clicking the fullscreen icon in the bottom right corner of the score window below.
In our annual celebration of Make Music Day, MakeMusic is again hosting a composition contest for young composers, aged 13-21. The winner will receive cash and other prizes. In addition, their composition will be performed live in select cities as part of national Make Music Day celebrations.Contest Entry Details
Entries can be created in any notation software.
Once students are in your program, it’s vital that you retain them. Retention starts with our very beginning-level students and it is vital that we focus on keeping them once they have started in the program.
There are five pillars to effective music ensemble student retention and I offer an acronym to help remember them by.
Today we are very excited to announce a new pricing model for SmartMusic. Now music educators can get started with the new SmartMusic for just $40!
We created the new SmartMusic to make the benefits of SmartMusic more accessible to more students (including those on Chromebooks). But music educators have told us they also require more flexibility when purchasing SmartMusic for their students.
One of the biggest skills any improviser should develop is the ability to create melodic ideas. The creation of these licks is integral to the jazz musician, and as teachers and performers, we want to grow this skill as quickly as possible. Fortunately, there are exercises that can be specifically tailored to the focused development of creating melodic solos.
To some, the idea of having a sixth-grade beginning band perform a concert 6-8 weeks after school begins sounds like a bad dream. In fact, performing early and often can be a great way to reduce the anxiety students experience during performances. It also offers an opportunity to make all parents and guardians aware of – and a bigger part of – the process of learning an instrument.
Do you know how to start a rock band? Many schools are starting to incorporate commercial and popular music ensembles as part of their music curriculum. While these approaches have advantages for students, especially in smaller programs, teachers steeped in traditional music education pedagogy often don’t have a lot of training in popular music.
Our Valentine’s Day gift to you is an assorted box of new repertoire!Ensemble Titles
This month we’ve added 22 new ensemble titles to the SmartMusic Repertoire Library. Included are pieces for choir, concert band, jazz ensemble, string orchestra, and full orchestra. View the complete list.Solos
As we mentioned last month, we also continue to add solos to new SmartMusic.