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Music Teachers teach at fast pace for many more hours beyond the school day (every day!). To keep from burning out, it's a good idea to pause and take daily inspirations from regular sources. I've found that positive quote books or books with quotes of music lovers are a great start (like this one). Some of us turn to spirituality. Others look to musical accomplishments. Whatever works for YOU, I implore you to get into a habit of doing that one thing, every day! According to Google, here are some of the highest visited places online where music teachers get inspired....
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If you are a first year music teacher or starting out as the new music teacher in a new school, there are countless pitfalls and traps you can easily avoid. Here are six ways our experts feel you can easily avoid some problems in your music class. 1) Make Your Room Beautiful (Tracy King, Music Teacher): Like it or not, every student and every teacher and every parent will be judging the new music teacher. They'll be drawing their own conclusions based on the looks of your classroom. So even if you are brand new to the music education game, don't...
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I was fortunate enough to work with Jim Sheeley, in Newark Public Schools, NJ. He became my Supervisor of Fine Arts when I was a music teacher for the district. As a boss, he entrusted his music teachers to know what was best for their students. This gave the communities freedom to have the type of musical offering that best served the children. There was no mandate, no requirement, no obligation. It was simply a charge to serve the family and students of the school through music. Now, he couldn’t make miracles happen so there were no windfalls of budgets or...
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If you are a general music teacher or the director of your school choir, orchestra or band in the elementary or middle school setting, there is a good chance you have been approached to do a school musical. At this level, we are wall beginners. A first year music teacher with no experience doing school musicals is equal to a veteran music teacher ALSO with no experience doing school musicals. This is empowering and humbling to both types of teachers!


The most difficult part of tackling the project is that your regular school duties of teaching, rehearsing and performing with your ensembles must continue during the process of putting on the school musical. SO how do you manage the time? Fact is, there is no easy way. For some, it is best as a before school or after school activity. For others, they may be able to squeeze in rehearsal time during the school day. However you find the time, make no mistake, this will be an undertaking...

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Concert Band Directors are music teachers, guidance counselors, administrative secretaries, event planners and fundraisers… all in one glorious position! We never think about that on the first day on the music job bringing the joy of music to the youth in our classrooms who sit quietly and patiently waiting on every word, the perfect models of discipline. No. We learn through surviving storm after storm and learning from our experiences... Each school that is fortunate enough to have a concert band, is making a commitment to having an ongoing band of students performing concerts throughout the year. Does anyone notice that...
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There is a significant amount of attention and pressure begin placed on marching band programs in the wake of several events in the news stemming from both negligence and improprieties. As a music teacher involved in marching band in any capacity, it is our duty to create and maintain a safe environment. To that end, I was trying to find free resources to share with the MusicTeaching.Guru community that would help Marching Band Directors address these concerns... Keep in mind, even if your program is happy and healthy, by sending out a simple anonymous evaluation, it shows that your goal is...
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