Building the Next Generation of Music Leaders

  • Jeff Coffin: Professor Rock Star

    Despite his busy schedule as saxophonist for the Dave Matthews Band, Jeff Coffin finds time to educate student musicians as a professor at a Nashville University and as a guest clinician throughout the world.

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  • Trumpeter Allen Vizzutti

    Through classical music, jazz, soundtracks and educational clinics, Allen Vizzutti spreads the music gospel. 

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  • Julie Hill's Unique Teaching Strategies

     Apply these three out-of-the-box tips and reap the benefits of having more engaged students. 


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Case Study: Building a Band Program from Scratch

When Daniel Berard walked into his job interview at Fossil Ridge High School in Fort Collins, Colorado in 2004, he had a clear vision of how to start the band program from scratch.

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Blending Brass

Because of the brass instruments’ powerful directional abilities, blending the sound and dynamics of an ensemble can indeed sometimes seem like an epic battle! Here’s how to tame your brass section to craft a blended ensemble sound.

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Resources for Student Recruitment & Retention

Tips and techniques provided by the Music Achievement Council, NAMM and more.

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8 Tips for Teaching Sight Reading

Something every musician needs, check out these tips for helping your young students acquire sight reading skills.

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DonorsChoose Helps Provide Quality Music Education

Music teachers are spending roughly $1k/yr out of their own pockets to fund their classrooms and improve the experience of students. One important resource that can ease their burden is the online crowdfunding site Yamaha has set up a matching offer to help music teachers.

New & Future Educators | John Wittman

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Boston Brass' Quest to Educate Young Musicians

As you might have guessed, the Boston Brass is a brass quintet originally formed in Boston. What you might not have known is that more than performing with a unique blend of broad repertoire and boisterous fun, the group’s first goal is to help educate as many young musicians as possible.

Band | Elizbeth Geli

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Build Your Jazz Music Library and Knowledge

An award-winning director of high school jazz ensembles recommends five essential resources for music teachers who are entering jazz from another musical discipline.

Band | Frank DiMaria

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Teaching Tips with Jazz Trombonist Wycliffe Gordon

When he isn't performing, jazz trombonist Wycliffe Gordon is dedicated to teaching young musicians. He works to continually evolve his techniques but relies on a few tried-and-true philosophies.

New & Future Music Educators | Emily Moneymaker

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Set the Course for Your Music Students' Success

The start of a new school year always presents another exciting opportunity to set the course for a successful year of music-making, and nothing is better for charting that course than effective leadership from directors and students alike.

Classroom Management | Marcia Neel

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Creative Assessment: Project-Based Learning

You can tell from their playing whether a student is progressing, but can you really get a read on whether or not what we have been teaching is really sinking in?

New & Future Music Educators | Marcia Neel

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Reinventing and Reinvigorating a Music Program

 At O'Fallon Township High School in Illinois, Melissa Gustafson-Hinds has created many opportunities to connect band students of all ages together.

Band | Savy Leiser

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Students Help Teach Music to Students with Disabilities

United Sound is a school-based instrumental music club for individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities, dedicated to promoting social involvement through shared ensemble performance experience with other music students.

Classroom Management | Heather Mansell

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