THE J. W. PEPPER BLOG | DELIVERING MUSIC SINCE 1876

THE J. W. PEPPER BLOG | DELIVERING MUSIC SINCE 1876

THE J. W. PEPPER BLOG | DELIVERING MUSIC SINCE 1876

May 21, 2024 by jwpepper

Tacoma Refugee Choir, A Welcoming Space for All - Interview with Erin Guinup

J.W. Pepper sat down for an interview with Erin Guinup, the founding Executive and Artistic Director of the Tacoma Refugee Choir. TRC is a non-auditioned choir for refugees, immigrants, and friends seeking belonging within a new community.

March 12, 2024 by Dr. Ramona Wis

Incorporating Yoga into Choral Classrooms and Rehearsals

Did you know yoga can help you become a better singer? Yoga involves focusing on aligning the body and paying attention to the breath, both of which are required for singing.

March 19, 2024 by jwpepper

J.W. Pepper’s Latest Pop Picks for Upcoming Concerts

Some of the coolest new arrangements for concert band, string orchestra, and choir are coming directly from our favorite movies and television shows—a win-win-win for musicians, directors, and audiences alike.

February 13, 2024 by Joe Snyder

Plan to Plan: What to Consider When Planning a Festival or Special Event

When we were members of a school music program, we most likely participated in an honors festival, an adjudication or competition of some sort, or we were treated to an evening or clinic with a special guest artist.

February 8, 2024 by jwpepper

United Sound: Improving Access to Music Education, One Program at a Time

Like many middle and high school band directors, Julie Duty found out the hard way that she was ill-equipped to serve students with disabilities. After scouring for resources and assistance...

January 23, 2024 by Kathy Fernandes

J.W. Pepper Supports Choral Singing in America!

Exton, PA – January 22, 2024. J.W. Pepper is proud to be a marquis sponsor of the stunning new documentary “Choral Singing in America: Nurturing the Country’s Soul.” The film, developed by Collaborative Films, captures the breadth and beauty found in choirs of all kinds.

20+ Surefire Ways to Warm Up Your Choir

What types of vocal warm-ups do you use for your choir rehearsals? The answer to this question can take on myriad forms depending on...

Vocal Belting 101: How to Help Your Students Use Their Full Voice

When I was an undergrad, I was told that belting would ruin my voice. I shunned the music I loved and focused solely on...

Our Top 10 Basic Library Titles for Concert Band, Choir, and Orchestra

No matter what type of ensemble you lead, choosing repertoire can be a major challenge. You don’t want to bore your students with music...

Teaching Music to Students with Special Needs & Learning Disabilities

Dr. Alice Hammel remembers when Vinnie started school. He had frequent outbursts and struggled throughout most of his elementary school years; eventually, he was...

How to Establish Classroom Routines and Why

Picture a successful band, orchestra, or choir rehearsal. Students have their instruments and music at the ready and are focused on the conductor. They...

16 New & Powerful Choral Songs to Help Students During Hard Times

Choral Music has always had the ability to inspire and heal wounds, and now many songs are taking on a new meaning as teachers...

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