Category Archives: Tips and Tricks

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

Posted in Teaching Private Lessons, Tips and Tricks | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Teaching Band, Teaching Chorus, Teaching Orchestra, Tips and Tricks | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Tips and Tricks | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Classroom Management, Tips and Tricks | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Practice Techniques, Teaching Orchestra, Tips and Tricks | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Link | Posted on by | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Love and Logic Solution: Turn Your Word into Gold

Found this on the facebook page “Teachers with a Sense of Humor.” Not sure yet if there is more to this “Love and Logic” program, but I’m going to try to find out. Thought this was a good way of … Continue reading

Image | Posted on by | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment