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.

Featured Content: Frank Ticheli’s Sanctuary

Featured Content: Frank Ticheli’s "Sanctuary"

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.

2nd Annual Young Composers Contest

2nd Annual Young Composers Contest

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.

The S.M.A.R.T. Approach to Music Ensemble Student Retention

The S.M.A.R.T. Approach to Music Ensemble Student Retention

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.

More Flexible Pricing for the New SmartMusic

More Flexible Pricing for the New SmartMusic

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.

4 Methods for Developing Melodic Ideas for Improvisers

4 Methods for Developing Melodic Ideas for Improvisers

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.

Perform Early, Perform Often: The Power of Informance

Perform Early, Perform Often: The Power of Informance

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.

Music Ed Mentor Podcast #017: How to Start a Rock Band

Music Ed Mentor Podcast #017: How to Start a Rock Band

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.

SmartMusic Repertoire Update: February 2018

SmartMusic Repertoire Update: February 2018

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.