Whether you want to learn how to arrange for your ensemble, or just want to improve your arranging skills, here are my top 10 arranging tips and tricks to think about. Of course, these can and should be considered when composing your own music as well.  In my opinion, all good arranging in my opinion…

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I’m not sure this qualifies as a clinic or not, but I wanted to share a recent experience that gave me such a boost of excitement for music education, and the legacy we all contribute to as music teachers. I was commissioned to write a march to honor a band-directing icon in the state of…

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We all know that we unfortunately spend a large portion of our rehearsals focused on the woodwinds and brass, especially during the “warm-up” phase of the rehearsal. Those poor percussionists can at times feel unwanted and unloved while we have the band play long tones, warm-ups and scales. There are many pieces for band that…

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The beauty of music is that there is something for everyone. What one person thinks is the greatest piece ever written could be the most annoying piece for someone else. As they say, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and that axiom is never more apparent than in the selection of literature for…

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When you think of rehearsal etiquette, what comes to mind? Is it discipline? Is it procedural? Is it behavioral? It is certainly all of the above! As conductors, we have an image in our minds of what makes a great rehearsal and how we imagine our students acting during this ideal session. Have you expressed…

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As we all launch headfirst into the summer with Independence Day around the corner, I ask a simple question – what are you doing this summer to get yourself ready for school in the fall? Make sure to do these 10 things: Rest – Take time for yourself this summer, with some much needed mental and…

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In my travels around the country, I get to see a lot of conductors of bands and orchestras. There are some really good ones, and some not so good ones. What has always mystified me is that we spend years practicing and taking lessons on our chosen instrument to demonstrate our musical skills, but most…

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Technology is a wonderful thing. There are now countless ways we can use it to improve the quality of our programs. There is everything from tuners to metronomes to all kinds of apps for our phones and tablets. Technology gives us instant access to a wealth of information on the internet that can also be…

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