Category Archives: Teaching Orchestra

Recital Programs!

As a creative person, I do enjoy making an attractive product like a recital program, but sometimes they are a pain.¬†Below you will find a link to purchase some I have created, if you do not want to go through … Continue reading

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Colorful Clef Mnemonics

I know what some of you will say: “Don’t use mnemonics! It’s terrible!” While I do try to get students to memorize each note, or at least one starting note, sometimes a student needs the mnemonic to help them remember. … Continue reading

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String Scale Books

Hello readers! As music teachers and students of music you have probably come to realize how much you don’t know (or how little college actually teaches you). I absorb new information regularly, but there is really no substitute for experience. … Continue reading

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New Product: Bowing Bingo!

  In an attempt to make some extra money, I have been designing lesson plans, worksheets, and activities to upload to the TeachersPayTeachers website. TpT is a great website with resources designed by teachers for teachers. You can be sure … Continue reading

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Music Curriculum Standards and Pacing Guide

Hi all! I’m currently sitting in a chorus/band summer training institute for teachers and we are discussing music standards, and how to work with them. Some useful websites for planning lessons and exploring standards are: 1. http://www.CPALMS.org, the site for … 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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Orchestral Bowings

Hello all! Long time no write! I have finally landed a position in a school this year, teaching two classes of chorus and one class of orchestra. It has been fun but also very challenging at times. My orchestra class … Continue reading

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