Music Teacher Resources

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Whether you’re a veteran educator or just beginning your career, there are many music teacher resources available to help you excel. Below we’ve compiled some of our favorites to make them easy for everyone to find.

These resources include blogs to follow, newsletters to read, podcasts to listen to, and much more.

Matching Students to Instruments: The Instrument Selection Process

Matching Students to Instruments: The Instrument Selection Process

One of the most exciting and important events in the life of a prospective band student is when he or she selects the instrument they are going to play. There are many factors that influence a student’s decision such as the availability of an instrument. These include the popularity of an instrument, parental preference, peer pressure, perceived musical opportunities, and band director needs and suggestions.

Building Community with Your Holiday Concert

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[Editor’s Note: Last week Glenn Pohland shared some great tips on how to increase your concert attendance and expand community awareness of your program. Today we’re sharing the story of two directors who accomplished both goals with their holiday concert. Hopefully you can apply some of their ideas to benefit your program and community awareness, too.]

We wanted to do something special for last year’s December concert.

Recruiting and Developing Violists in your School Orchestra

Recruiting and Developing Violists in your School Orchestra

While teaching viola is slightly different than teaching the other string instruments, it’s not more difficult. Below are a few suggestions for helping the school orchestra teacher develop violists, including recruitment ideas, technical assistance, and ways to fully engage violists in rehearsals – and your program.


First, we must recruit violists.

The Three Pillars of a Great Music Program

Three Pillars of a Great Music Program by Bob Phillips

The goal of every music teacher is (or should be) to involve the maximum number of students in the music program. This starts with a well-thought-out recruiting and retention strategy that involves all disciplines within the program; band, orchestra, and choir. Teachers must cooperate to create a highly effective and complete program.

Beginning Low Brass with High Standards

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A beginning band is a smorgasbord of instruments. A lot of special care and attention are required for every student. I am a young teacher who cannot solve the pedagogy puzzles behind each individual instrument, but, as a dedicated tuba player, I can give you is some insight into your low brass beginners and share tricks that will help them see success in their first few years of playing.

Meet SmartMusic Engineer Mike Anderson

Mike Anderson is a software engineer at MakeMusic where he works his programming magic on both the SmartMusic application and the SmartMusic websites. In addition to being an experienced programmer, Mike brings a deep music background and a great sense of humor to work every day.

James Lund: What instruments do you play?