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As a music teacher, you’ll encounter everything from students who casually walk on stage, barely adhering to the concert dress code, and pull off magnificent performances to students so scared they tremble, get sick or flat-out refuse to perform altogether. Fortunately, there are things you can do to calm music students’ performance anxiety.

 

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‘Tis the holiday season to be sure, and that makes it an ideal time to host a holiday concert to raise funds for your music program. Raising funds, however, requires a positive difference between the amount of money you raise, and the money spent to give the concert in the first place.

 

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School orchestras are often a tight-knit bunch. This is great for those on the inside of the bunch, but can be daunting for new members. Using successful strategies to integrate new students into the orchestra culture will create a more cohesive feel for your program, and it goes a long way towards making the orchestra's new arrivals feel more comfortable, accepted, and confident in their school experience at-large. 

 

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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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How To Calm Your Music Students’ Performance Anxiety

How To Calm Your Music Students’ Performance Anxiety

As a music teacher, you’ll encounter everything from students who casually walk on stage, barely adhering to the concert dress code, and pull off magnificent performances to students so scared they tremble, get sick or flat-out refuse to perform altogether. Fortunately, there are things you can do to calm music students’ performance anxiety.

 

Read More

How To Give A Holiday Concert And Raise Funds

How To Give A Holiday Concert And Raise Funds

‘Tis the holiday season to be sure, and that makes it an ideal time to host a holiday concert to raise funds for your music program. Raising funds, however, requires a positive difference between the amount of money you raise, and the money spent to give the concert in the first place.

 

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Teacher’s Corner: 4 Strategies For Integrating New Students Into Your Orchestra

Teacher’s Corner: 4 Strategies For Integrating New Students Into Your Orchestra

School orchestras are often a tight-knit bunch. This is great for those on the inside of the bunch, but can be daunting for new members. Using successful strategies to integrate new students into the orchestra culture will create a more cohesive feel for your program, and it goes a long way towards making the orchestra's new arrivals feel more comfortable, accepted, and confident in their school experience at-large. 

 

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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. 

 

Read More

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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