While there are many issues we deal with as music educators, one topic that seems to come up year after year is the feeling of isolation and low morale that many music educators experience, especially in the first years of their careers. I am hopeful that the ideas shared here will help other educators bloom where they are planted!
A common issue with young reed players is neglecting to remove the reed from the mouthpiece for several days or months at a time. This can cause issues with both the sound of the instrument and the personal health of the students. I designed this experiment to educate students about instrument care and healthy habits through a factual study.
Known for its incredible music programs, Texas is home to some of the largest and smallest bands in the world. These competing programs, not unlike the legendary David and Goliath, must regularly prove their worth in order to remain relevant and respected. This article will attempt to compare the teaching philosophies and obstacles in award-winning bands of varying sizes.