Quick Pro Tips- Create One Rubric

Steve and Alan review one specific idea from the Glenn Nierman episode and Steve suggests a way you can implement it easily in the fall.

Bringing Joy and Creativity Back to the Classroom with the Orff Approach

Steve and Alan talk with documentary filmmaker Samantha Campbell and legendary music educator Doug Goodkin about the Orff Schulwerk method in action. They discuss making jazz accessible to all ages, using improvisation across the curriculum, and reconnecting students through creativity and playfulness in music. Links & References: Doug Goodkin Website: https://www.douggoodkin.com/ TED Talk: Learning Through … Read more

Optimizing Health, Wellness, and Happiness with Ann Smith

Alan and Steve talk with orchestra director and wellness enthusiast Ann Smith about ways to connect performance skills to student wellness. Links & References: Midwest presentation with links to planning worksheets: Google Doc Ann Smith Ann G. Smith began her orchestra training in Troy, Ohio at the age of twelve playing the violin. Mrs. Smith … Read more

Quick Pro Tips- The “Bopping” Rehearsal Strategy for Better Ensemble Timing

Alan and Steve discuss the “bopping” rehearsal strategy, a technique commonly used in drum corps and marching bands but adaptable for all ensemble types. Steve explains how “bopping,” or focusing on the beginnings of pitches, helps students improve rhythmic accuracy and self-detect mistakes. Tune in to learn how this approach can enhance your rehearsals, along … Read more