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Top 10 Tips for a Better School Year

Music directors are busy people.  One of our great joys at Cut Time is getting to know directors and learning about their programs.  Here are 10 things directors say help them have a more successful school year: 1. Eliminate surprise.  Set calendar reminders to prepare for upcoming  concerts and other events. Work a little bit ahead to avoid compounded stress around performance time.

Repertoire – Choosing Quality Choral Music, Conclusion

Now that you have found some potential pieces and they fit the “who, what, when, where and why” of your practical considerations, what now? ...

Repertoire – Choosing Quality Choral Music, Part 2

In Part 1 we discussed practical considerations in choosing repertoire, such as the makeup of your performing group and the expectations of your intended...

Repertoire – Choosing Quality Choral Music, Part 1

Of the responsibilities that music teachers have, perhaps one of the most challenging is that of finding and choosing quality repertoire.  With the amount...

Teaching Music to Deaf Students

As a musician and a person who deals with both the music business and the deaf world, I assumed, as many people do, that...

Small Groups during Slim Summer Sundays

Having been a church choir director now for many years, I have been faced with the dilemma of what to do during the slim summer...

Microphone Tips for Vocalists

How many singers and/or singing groups actually take time to practice microphone technique?  http://www.vocalist.org.uk  offers some great tips and advice for performers who want...

Set a Festive Mood Before the Concert Begins

One of the highlights of the holiday season is enjoying one of the many music programs that add so much to the season.  While attending one such holiday...

Microphone Placement

Microphone placement?  I just put the mics in front of the performers and everything seems fine.  What more do I need to know?  Well,...

Efficiency Expert

I was pleasantly surprised to come across Carmine Caruso’s Musical Calisthenics for Brass in our online database.  I studied trombone with Carmine from 1968...

Microphone Pick-Up Patterns

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...

Microphone Types and Uses

-This post was updated in January 2019. Definition:  Microphone -- or mic -- converts acoustic energy into electrical energy, resulting in an audio signal. Rather than...

Audition Day: Turning the Tables

For the college bound, after months of careful research wading through hundreds of brochures and catalogs, numerous discussions with your private teacher, band or choral...

Mixing Live Sound

Here are a few handy tips and some basic information on what goes into setting up and mixing live sound: A "mix" is created...

The Job of a Sound Engineer

Chapter 1 of The Basics of Live Sound by Jerry Slone defines a sound engineer as “A person who brings together separate sounds to...

What is Sound?

Before touching on equipment or technique, it is important to understand exactly what sound is and how it works.  While there are far more...