As we all know, sectional rehearsals break up a large ensemble up into smaller groups. Directors can structure sectionals in many different ways. Sectional rehearsals can be done outside of class or replace regular class rehearsals. They can feature larger instrument groups (winds vs. strings, brass vs. percussion), instrument types (low brass vs.
As we begin a new school year, we all aspire to top quality performances with our ensembles. We want our students to play accurately and with technical proficiency. But, I would guess that each of us as teachers and ensemble leaders desires more from our group. We want them to give inspired performances that move us and our audience.
Sight-reading skills aren’t just important in states that include sight reading in their evaluation contest – or just in the weeks preceding contest. They’re vital to every student, every day. Improved sight reading results in heightened awareness, better listening, and more accountability in the ensemble.
Asa Burk is the associate director of bands at Argyle High School in Argyle, Texas.
Over the summer we made many improvements to the new SmartMusic, including a new tuner, to get it ready for back-to-school. But we didn’t stop once school began. We continue to improve the new SmartMusic every day. In today’s post, we’ll highlight some of our more recent additions to the new SmartMusic, including the all-new Practice Analysis feature (seen above).
Oh, October. A month of seasonal shifts, and the inevitable tidal wave of colds and other viruses. It is also a wonderful time as so many fantastic ingredients have already formed the foundation of your music class. You have outlined and implemented routines, established expectations and reinforced them, and have distributed all the instruments.
Before you know it, students will be auditioning for all-state ensembles. Now is a great time to start putting a system into place to help them. In this archived webinar, we’ll show you some best practices, using the new SmartMusic to help students perfect their audition etudes and excerpts outside of class.
Today’s featured content is Frank Ticheli’s Portrait of a Clown. This Grade 2 piece masterfully portrays the varied emotions of the clown. Because it doesn’t rely heavily on low brass and low woodwinds, it’s often a great choice for young band programs that have not yet fully developed those sections.
Technology in the classroom is more than just a fad. It has the potential to transform the way teachers do their jobs and helps students learn effectively in their “native” environment. In yesterday’s post, Katie Wardrobe shared seven ways you can “level up” your use of music technology, whether you’re a beginner just getting started with classroom technology or a veteran who’s been using tech tools for years.
Developments in technology over recent years have revolutionized the way I work and “play.” Smart use of technology can increase productivity, simplify tasks, and help your students learn more effectively. My biggest tip is to aim to “level up” your use of technology from your current starting point. If you consider yourself a beginner, no problems – just add in something small and simple.
UPDATE 10/20/17: Today we updated this post to include the latest details about SmartMusic and High Sierra. Feel free to skip this post if you’re using SmartMusic on Windows or a previous Mac operating system.
On Monday, September 25, 2017, Apple released High Sierra, the latest Macintosh operating system.