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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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Directors' Toolbox

Pepper’s Top Tips for Concert Season

November 16, 2016

Concert season is right around the corner and, chances are, you have been preparing for it since your last concert ended. You spent the summer looking at repertoire and the fall teaching it to your students. Now, it is time to prepare for the big night. At Pepper, we pride ourselves on helping our customers in any way we can. With that in mind, we have compiled three blogs aimed at helping you with your final concert preparations.

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Directors' Toolbox

Meet Your New Rehearsal Assistant

September 12, 2014
Handheld Recorders

Any director, music teacher, or private instructor can tell you that it is impossible to get everything done during rehearsal time.  Especially with larger groups, picking up on every small mistake or weakness is far too tall an order.  Once that short rehearsal time is over, you are left wracking your brain trying to remember every important point your group needs to practice.  But it doesn’t have to be that hard.

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Directors' Toolbox

Microphone Placement

September 30, 2010

Microphone placement?  I just put the mics in front of the performers and everything seems fine.  What more do I need to know?  Well, as outlined in the book How Recording Works from the Recording Institute of Detroit, there are a few things you should pay attention to:

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Microphone Pick-Up Patterns

August 24, 2010

An important part of choosing the right microphone is considering its directionality, or pick-up pattern.  Have you ever noticed when singing or speaking into the side of a mic, rather than the front, your volume will often decrease?  That is because the front of that microphone has more pick-up capabilities than the side.

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