February, March and April Conn-Selmer Articles

Posted by Mr. H on Apr 21, 2009 - 03:26 AM  •  Filed under: news  •  2774 reads

Good Teachers Learn to Evaluate Themselves As Well As Their Students by Donald DeRoche, Ph.D.
All of us are involved in evaluating our students, almost continually. We give seating auditions, challenges, playing tests, written tests.

The Academic Status of Musical Training by William Revelli
Music education today is pretty much at a threshold. After a hundred years of having music in the public schools, it still has no status.

Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda; Solo and Ensemble Reminders for the Educator by Deborah Perkins
Remember to teach the music, not just the notes. Solo and ensemble judges are waiting to hear musical performances – not just a collection of notes with proper rhythms, but pieces performed with dynamic contrasts and phrases.

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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. These partnerships engage community members, arts agencies, teachers and students in music making and promote all that is good about the arts.

Your Voice as a Musician by Keith M. Zimmerman
Today our culture gives the message that we should all be clones. The media and recording industries have sold the public on this and insist that everything and everybody must fit a neat little category.

Burnout and the Beginning Music Educator by Gene Bechen
If you’re a beginning music educator, reading this article is just the beginning of your journey toward understanding stress and burnout. It is important for you to continue to learn about how stress affects your life.


Success in Your First Years of Teaching; Some Helpful Advice by David Branson
You were recently hired for you first job. How exciting! Along with that excitement is likely some trepidation, and that feeling of “what have I done”? You are not alone most teachers have felt that way during their first few years of teaching. Where do you go from here? What are the next steps?

The following procedure is one I developed over many years from readings, tips from others, and personal experience.

Efficient Rehearsal Techniques Part I: Creating Opportunities for Success by William Gourley
Carefully created lesson plans enable you to chart a course for the students’ musical growth and assist you in monitoring your instruction.