Category Archives: Experiences and Stories

7 Tips for saving Money on Music!

Hello everyone! Check out this post for some excellent tips on saving money on sheet music. Some things I do personally: Only buy copies of books you know you will use frequently. For me, this is usually the primer level … Continue reading

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What do I give my music teacher: Holiday Gift Giving Guide for Music Teachers

Hi all! It’s that time of year when we ask ourselves, “What can we give to our music teacher to show our appreciation without breaking the bank or giving them something that they may not like?” I have not taught … Continue reading

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Don’t Do That! (Try This Instead!)

By Dr. Matthew McCutcheon This is a list of common pitfalls that many school ensemble directors unknowingly fall into. While directed more toward wind ensembles, these can be applied just as easily to chorus or strings. The basic concepts are … Continue reading

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12 Quiet Rituals of Successful People

We all look for that quick fix that will help us to be successful, and most of the time those “miracle pills” and instant successes leave us feeling like we’ve just run around in circles and accomplished nothing. While there … Continue reading

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Handling Make-Up Work

We all have had that student, the one who misses class and then does not get the make-up work. He doesn’t ask for the work, he forgets what day he missed, or he whines to you that he needs the … Continue reading

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Orchestral Strings Tips or “Bag of Tricks”

Some brief tips that I have learned in teaching orchestral strings classes. This is not a comprehensive list by any means, but it is a start. Please add your own comments and I will add them to the list. I … Continue reading

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Article: Saving the Private Teacher’s Energy An article written by David L. Jones, a professional voice instructor in New York. He writes many helpful articles and I have learned a lot from reading the information on his website http://www.voiceteacher.com I … Continue reading

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