From the Editors

Building an Advanced Music Lab in Your Classroom, Part 2: MusicFirst

November 16, 2017
MusicFirst music lab

Like many other teachers, I have been exposed to learning management systems (LMSs) through professional development, online courses and even some face-to-face coursework. Early LMSs were a neat new technology and they certainly piqued our interest, but they were also fairly clunky and difficult to use in the early stages. A new LMS called MusicFirst is about to change that!

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From the Editors

Building an Advanced Music Lab in Your Classroom, Part 1: Elementary

November 10, 2017

When I began teaching in 1982, everything from lesson planning to grading was done by hand with paper and pencil. I was part of the transitional generation of teachers that started when classroom technology consisted of overhead projectors, records, cassettes, and mimeograph machines, and then moved to the plethora of digital devices and services that are now available to fulfill all of those needs and more.

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The Pepper Difference

New Large Print Sheet Music from Pepper

October 11, 2017

Music is a passion for singers of all ages, and for many, performing in a choir is one of their greatest joys in life. But when a singer’s eyesight begins to deteriorate, performance can become difficult. Whether it is from age, illness, or another cause, diminished eyesight can become a major obstacle to performing the music you love.

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From the Editors

Protecting Teachers’ Health with Earplugs and P.A.s

October 4, 2017
Protecting Teachers' Health with Earplugs and PAs

School is back in session, and as teachers we all know that means stocking up on hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes and tissues, and scheduling the annual flu shot. While these are all very important, there are several other areas that all teachers – but in particular music teachers – need to be concerned about: our voices and our hearing.

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Jazz

Jazz 100: Christian McBride and the Future of Jazz

September 20, 2017

In the orchestral world, the bass section is often underappreciated, being relegated to the back of the ensemble and assigned the vital yet rarely glamorous task of setting the foundations for each different piece. In jazz, however, a bassist has the opportunity to explore a greater range of style and sound. The best jazz bassists are not just talented, but versatile – two words that happen to perfectly describe jazz bassist Christian McBride.

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