October, November & December Conn-Selmer Articles

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October 2008

Some Thoughts Regarding Recruitment and Retention of Instrumental Students by Dr. Stewart L. Ross

Directors need to recruit families, not just individual students. While it is true that students recruit students, it is also evident that music parents recruit other music parents.

A Parent Guide to Music Education by Shirley Strohm Mullins

Our society values music for its intrinsic beauty, its meaning, its sheer joy. Imagine celebrations, social or religious events, football games, television, inaugurations and parades without music. We value music because it touches our hearts and souls.

Beginning Band and Orchestra, The Roots of a Successful Program (Part 1) by William W. Gourley

In today’s economic climate and with the pressures from other academic disciplines music programs are in a fragile position.

November 2008

Beginning Band and Orchestra, The Roots of a Successful Program (Part 2) by William W. Gourley

Everyone may not be right for instrumental music but instrumental music must be right for everyone.

Partnerships: A Powerful Tool by David Branson

Partnerships between school district music programs and community art groups are critical for the creation and enhancement of a vital arts environment.

Grading the Music Student:: The Revelli Point System by William Revelli

Conductors can be afraid to give a student the grade he or she really deserves because they’re afraid that that student might become discouraged and quit. I was always a very tough grader – if Revelli gave you an A, you’d better frame it.

December 2008

Teaching the Flute to Students with Braces – No Bad Sound Days by Valerie Simosko

The majority of student flutists must at some point in their playing career learn to play with braces on their teeth. Rather than cringing at the thought of losing some of your best students to what may seem like an unhappy event, you can capitalize on it by exploring the world of sound production with your student.

How To Rehearse by Nicholas V. Holland, III, Ph.D.

Yes, I can hear your laughter, and deservedly so; there isn’t really anything “sure-fire” in teaching. However, I can guarantee that you will find at least some part of these two teaching methods useful in your daily rehearsals.

Commitment Is The Price Of Leadership For Both Students And Teachers by Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser

Commitment is what transforms a promise into reality. It is the words that speak boldly of your intentions, and it is the actions that speak louder than the words. It is making the time when there is none – coming through time after time after time, year after year after year. Commitment is the stuff character is made of, the power to change the face of things. It is the daily triumph of integrity over skepticism.