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

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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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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

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Not a Sub

I do not recall if I have mentioned this before, but I find that it’s helpful to tell the students that you are their “guest musician” rather than their “sub”. I even write my name on the board with the … Continue reading

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Behavior: The Disrespectful

This article was forwarded to me by my middle school band director; he received it from a former co-worker who sends out these weekly tips and tricks to the colleagues she used to work with at the school. Just thought … Continue reading

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7 Ways Teachers Can Change Their Expectations

From a blog from NPR.org Researcher Robert Pianta offered these suggestions for teachers who want to change their behavior toward problem students: Watch how each student interacts. How do they prefer to engage? What do they seem to like to … Continue reading

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