Building the Next Generation of Music Educators

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    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 Vanderbilt University and as a guest clinician throughout the world.

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    Reinventing a Music Program

    At O'Fallon Township High School in Illinois, the band director goes above and beyond the call of duty to give students access to music at all levels.

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    8 Tips for Sight-Reading Success

    Incorporating sight reading into daily practice fosters skills for a lifetime of musical success.


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Technology Tools for the Middle School Classroom

Save time and engage young learners in and out of the music classroom using free apps and web-based programs.

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Violinist Christian Howes' Three Pillars of Pedagogy

Renowed violinist Christian Howes says the three keys to music education is to break down the music, nurture creativity and expose students to different styles.

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How to Get 2018 ESSA Funds

Act now to access funds allocated for Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) for 2018.

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Scheduling Advice from a High School Band Director

Roma High School's Dena Laurel has a precise scheduling and pacing strategy. Employ some of her planning techniques.

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Trombonist Wycliffe Gordon Does it All

A true globetrotter, Wycliffe Gordon splits his time on a multitude of musical pursuits, including performing, composing, arranging and a dedication to educating the next generation of musicians.

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Case Study: Mobilizing a Community to Win Yamaha Instruments

At Teasley Middle School in Canton, Georgia, a new band director rallied his community to win Yamaha instruments for an expanding band program.

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The Do's and Don'ts of a Successful Concert

Consider all the elements of a concert to nourish the development of your students and enhance your audience's enjoyment.

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New to Teaching Strings?

If you are new to teaching strings, don't panic. Top string professionals offer advice as you launch into uncharted territory.

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Advice from Yamaha Master Educator Richard Floyd

Richard Floyd emphasizes that educators should always focus on the art of making music.

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Off-Season Care and Maintenance for Percussion Instruments

Keep up maintenance and care of your percussion equipment after every season to ensure that it remains in top shape.

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