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The Best “Be Like Bill” Memes for Music Teachers
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Discovering the Arts on the Streets of Israel
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My First Holiday Concert: A Success!
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Ireland’s Top 5 Musical Events to Attend in 2017
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Lesson 7: 15 Lesson Plans – Teaching the National Core Music Standards through Music Travel
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Caroling for Dummies
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The Key to Running a Successful Band Program
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Lesson 6: 15 Lesson Plans – Teaching the National Core Music Standards through Music Travel
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Setting Up a Middle School Choir Classroom From Scratch
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5 Ways to Support Music Education Programs This #GivingTuesday

The Best “Be Like Bill” Memes for Music Teachers

You’ve all met Bill. The poster child for… well, pretty much everything. Bill is good at so many things like working out, posting cool things on Facebook, and generally, just being smart. Turns out Bill is also an excellent musician!   I think we could all be a little more like Bill!

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Discovering the Arts on the Streets of Israel

Discovering arts on the streets of Israel is easy if you know where to look. Leaving the Western Wall Tunnel, we heard a parade of people, tambourines, guitars and singing voices chiming in together.  “Is this a parade for Hanukkah?” We asked our guide.  We moved closer to the joyous music to find out it was one family, carrying a little boy on their shoulders, celebrating his bar mitzvah in the street. I’ll be the first to admit, when I thought of travelling to Israel, music and art were NOT the first ideas that popped into my head.  Religion, conflict,[…]

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My First Holiday Concert: A Success!

This blog was written by guest blogger Melody Potratz, as part of our First Year Teacher Series. Ms. Potratz is in her first year of teaching middle school choir at River City Middle School in Post Falls, Idaho.  There are many wonderful things about my job and school: my own classroom and office, fantastic staff, and great kids just to name a few. Perhaps what I am most thankful for is a supportive administration that believes in the necessity of music education. This is evident in many ways, one being the requirement that all sixth grade students take either band or choir year round.[…]

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Ireland’s Top 5 Musical Events to Attend in 2017

Ireland is known for its breathtaking views and lovely people. Not only is it one of Encore’s cheaper destinations, but Ireland offers many fun, important musical events to attend throughout the year. St. Patrick’s Day Parade March 17, 2017 Every spring, Dublin is proud to host the St. Patrick’s Day Festival, a 4-day international extravaganza. Imagine marching past Trinity College, Dublin Castle and City Hall while playing your music to a crowd of thousands! Travel with your band to the 2017 St. Patrick’s Day Parade for an experience of a lifetime! Plus perform in the prestigious Limerick International Band Festival, explore Dublin[…]

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Lesson 7: 15 Lesson Plans – Teaching the National Core Music Standards through Music Travel

  STANDARD: MU:Pr4.3.E.Ia Demonstrate an understanding of context in a varied repertoire of music through prepared and improvised performances. TEACHERS: Set up a performance schedule during class. Establish performance time guidelines. STUDENTS: Choose a piece (or section of a piece) from your touring repertoire to perform individually or in small groups for the class. After your performance, you will have 3 minutes to discuss your performance choices as they relate to the context of the piece. Be prepared for a classroom Q&A. Students in the audience may ask about a specific passage or interpretation and you will have the opportunity to respond. SAMPLE DISCUSSION TOPICS: For what purpose was[…]

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Caroling for Dummies

Trying to get a last-minute group of inexperienced carolers together for the holidays? We’ve chosen the perfect package of carols with easy starting pitches and exciting group splits, plus they’re already “dummy-tested” (by us, of course). So, grab a pitch pipe, split your friends in two groups, print/hand out this blog and follow these easy instructions: Tips for Success Every pitch director gives you is your starting note (except We Wish You a Merry Christmas). Director will lead you in every time. Watch director at the ends of every song, most likely last line of each song will be slowed down. Group 1 and[…]

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The Key to Running a Successful Band Program

Have you ever wondered how some school music programs always seem to produce top-notch ensembles year after year? In every state, there are always those “powerhouse” programs that just seem to consistently rise above the rest. But why? How does it happen? Is there something in the water? Are kids in certain towns just more musically gifted? Doubtful. So what is the key to running a successful band program? According to Stephen Massey, legendary music educator at Foxborough High School in Massachusetts, the formula for success is not complicated but it won’t happen overnight. It takes a combination of experienced[…]

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Lesson 6: 15 Lesson Plans – Teaching the National Core Music Standards through Music Travel

STANDARD: MU:Pr4.2.E.Ia Demonstrate, using music reading skills where appropriate, how compositional devices employed and theoretical and structural aspects of musical works impact and inform prepared or improvised performances. TEACHERS: Break the classroom into small groups for an outside class assignment. Assign each group two contrasting pieces of your touring repertoire to analyze. Establish necessary guidelines including a presentational format. Set up presentation schedule. After each presentation, do a wrap-up with the ensemble highlighting key takeaways from each piece. Then, spend 15 minutes rehearsing the new concepts discussed with the ensemble. STUDENTS: Outside of class in your small group, discuss the different compositional[…]

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Setting Up a Middle School Choir Classroom From Scratch

We are pleased to introduce our new guest blogger, Melody Potratz, as part of our First Year Teacher Series. Ms. Potratz is in her first year of teaching middle school choir at River City Middle School in Post Falls, Idaho.  I just finished my first quarter teaching middle school choir and music appreciation. Maybe I should start by saying that when I graduated from college, I had zero desire to teach at the middle school level. Most of the time, I told other people that it was because I wanted to be able to teach more advanced pieces (which is true) and I occasionally told[…]

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5 Ways to Support Music Education Programs This #GivingTuesday

It’s #GivingTuesday and a great day to support music education programs across the country. We’ve already shown in hundreds of ways why music education matters: Helps raise achievement levels Improves graduation rates Increases test scores Allows for meaningful expression Helps with learning disabilities Better prepares students for the real world Engages specific areas of the brain Betters understanding of languages Improves memory Boosts attendance Gives students a purpose for going to school Gives students tools to evaluate and improve work Betters hand-eye coordination Enhances emotional development, imagination and creativity Reduces stress Builds both teamwork, independence and self-confidence And so much more! But still, music programs are some of the most under-funded[…]

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