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Victimization by bullying or harassment can have longstanding, negative effects - and the experience can even be life changing, or life ending for vulnerable teens. This is why it's so important to know the signs of someone who's being bullied or harassed and take action.

 

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Harassment comes in multiple forms. In the childhood landscape, we typically view harassment in terms of bullying by peers. Unfortunately, that harassment can come via those in power - teachers, coaches, instructors, conductors, etc. The current media culture has shed light on a darker side of what it can mean to hold power, and even the world of classical musicianship is not immune. 

 

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The famous adage, "If it isn't broken, don't fix it," is true in many cases. However, that mentality also leads to stagnation and lack of innovation. As a teacher, creating those tried-and-true lesson plans and then getting into the proverbial autopia track, can wind up keeping you - and your students - from the exhilarating feeling of a newly-inspired lesson plan that takes root.

 

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Are you desperate for a fundraising plan that is actually FUN - and that students are motivated to participate in? Join the music teacher club. The reality is that "Professional Fundraiser" and "Music Teacher" are not always synonymous. And yet, those funds you raise are often the only way school music programs stay afloat. 

 

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Capturing video recordings of your students’ recitals and performances is a great way to promote your program and identify teaching opportunities. Yet video recording a live performance isn’t necessarily the easiest project.  

 

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As a music instructor, you have a super-power: the ability to connect and hold space with students in an exceptional way. Your regular engagement with them, via a shared interest and passion - music - allows for deeper, more personal connections than offered by more traditional teacher-student relationships. Therefore, you're in prime position to notice when a student is being bullied and do something about it.

 

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By the time your music students graduate, you share a special bond. Together, you've spent countless hours around instruction, private lessons, rehearsals, and performances. You've seen them at their best – and their worst – and have helped to cultivate their love of music and good musicianship. And, as most teachers acknowledge, you've probably learned more from them than they could ever learn from you.

 

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Summer break is almost here! After nine hectic months focusing on your students, you get three lovely months to give to yourself. If you want to spend the summer relaxing at the beach to recharge – go ahead, you deserve it. However, you might want to spend some of the summer finding a new way to grow creatively or as a teacher. Here are our thoughts on meaningful ways you can do both.

 

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he delicate construct of string instruments - combined with the "living" qualities they have when it comes to expansion/contraction and their vulnerability to temperature fluctuations and humidity - make careful storage a necessity during seasonal breaks, especially for the long summer holiday.

 

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Can you imagine getting to play a duet with a hero celebrity string player? Or simply getting to be a part of their performance?

 

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How To Help A Fellow Student Or Colleague Who Is Being Harassed

How To Help A Fellow Student Or Colleague Who Is Being Harassed

Victimization by bullying or harassment can have longstanding, negative effects - and the experience can even be life changing, or life ending for vulnerable teens. This is why it's so important to know the signs of someone who's being bullied or harassed and take action.

 

Read More

How To Recognize Signs Of Harassment In Your Students

How To Recognize Signs Of Harassment In Your Students

Harassment comes in multiple forms. In the childhood landscape, we typically view harassment in terms of bullying by peers. Unfortunately, that harassment can come via those in power - teachers, coaches, instructors, conductors, etc. The current media culture has shed light on a darker side of what it can mean to hold power, and even the world of classical musicianship is not immune. 

 

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3 Innovative Lesson Plan Ideas For Fall

3 Innovative Lesson Plan Ideas For Fall

The famous adage, "If it isn't broken, don't fix it," is true in many cases. However, that mentality also leads to stagnation and lack of innovation. As a teacher, creating those tried-and-true lesson plans and then getting into the proverbial autopia track, can wind up keeping you - and your students - from the exhilarating feeling of a newly-inspired lesson plan that takes root.

 

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How To Create A Fundraising Plan For The School Year?

How To Create A Fundraising Plan For The School Year?

Are you desperate for a fundraising plan that is actually FUN - and that students are motivated to participate in? Join the music teacher club. The reality is that "Professional Fundraiser" and "Music Teacher" are not always synonymous. And yet, those funds you raise are often the only way school music programs stay afloat. 

 

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Top 8 Easy Video Software Packages To Record A Performance

Top 8 Easy Video Software Packages To Record A Performance

Capturing video recordings of your students’ recitals and performances is a great way to promote your program and identify teaching opportunities. Yet video recording a live performance isn’t necessarily the easiest project.  

 

Read More

How To Identify If Your Music Students Are Being Bullied And What To Do About It

How To Identify If Your Music Students Are Being Bullied And What To Do About It

As a music instructor, you have a super-power: the ability to connect and hold space with students in an exceptional way. Your regular engagement with them, via a shared interest and passion - music - allows for deeper, more personal connections than offered by more traditional teacher-student relationships. Therefore, you're in prime position to notice when a student is being bullied and do something about it.

 

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7 Graduation Gifts For Your Students

7 Graduation Gifts For Your Students

By the time your music students graduate, you share a special bond. Together, you've spent countless hours around instruction, private lessons, rehearsals, and performances. You've seen them at their best – and their worst – and have helped to cultivate their love of music and good musicianship. And, as most teachers acknowledge, you've probably learned more from them than they could ever learn from you.

 

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15 Summer Music Experiences For Educators

15 Summer Music Experiences For Educators

Summer break is almost here! After nine hectic months focusing on your students, you get three lovely months to give to yourself. If you want to spend the summer relaxing at the beach to recharge – go ahead, you deserve it. However, you might want to spend some of the summer finding a new way to grow creatively or as a teacher. Here are our thoughts on meaningful ways you can do both.

 

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How To Store Your School Instruments Safely During The Summer

How To Store Your School Instruments Safely During The Summer

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he delicate construct of string instruments - combined with the "living" qualities they have when it comes to expansion/contraction and their vulnerability to temperature fluctuations and humidity - make careful storage a necessity during seasonal breaks, especially for the long summer holiday.

 

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How To Involve Your Audience In The Performance

How To Involve Your Audience In The Performance

Can you imagine getting to play a duet with a hero celebrity string player? Or simply getting to be a part of their performance?

 

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