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Improving Tone Production

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Improving Tone Production The Need for Better Quality Instruments No matter how much the students have been taught about playing with a good tone, it will be useless if the students are playing on instruments designed for beginners that are of inferior quality. Instruments like this are simply incapable of producing a good sound no […]

The Tuning Process – The Ensemble

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The Tuning Process – The Ensemble   The Tuning Process – The Ensemble This process is predicated on the concept of tuning from the bottom up. This practice allows all performers to establish their relative pitch on the fundamentals established by the bass instruments. (Note: This pyramid should exist in all sections.) First: Have the […]

2020 Rose Parade marching band selections announced

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2020 Rose Parade marching band selections announced The Tournament of Roses has officially announced the lineup of marching bands for the 2020 Rose Parade to be held Wednesday, January 1, 2020. The outstanding roster includes an unprecedented number of international units, with bands coming from Costa Rica, Denmark, El Salvador, Japan, Mexico and the U.S. territory […]

Parents: Here’s How to Prepare for Concert Season

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How to Prepare for Concert Season As the snow starts to melt away, band and orchestra students have begun to perfect and plan a showcase highlighting their budding talent. Spring concerts dates begin to grow closer, seemingly at a rapid rate! Remember, this is a very exciting time for kids! All of their hard work […]

How to Help Keep Music Programs in Schools

How to Help Keep Music Programs in Schools Did you know that the annual cost for a comprehensive K-12 music education program is only about $187 per student? If it’s so cost-effective, why are music programs the first to be cut when funds are low? A study, funded by the National Association of Music Merchants […]

Last Minute Tips for Contest and Spring Concert Preparation

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Last Minute Tips for Contest and Spring Concert Preparation Finalizing your contest or spring concert preparation can be busy and stressful.  As you get closer to the big day – and time is running out – these last-minute tips can help ensure a successful performance. Instill Confidence So much of a performance’s outcome is based […]