Music Educator Resources
Dear Music Educator Family,
We know that no one is ever prepared for an unprecedented event such as what we are currently facing. Please know that as we go through this time we stand with you. We are here and happy to help in any way we can.
I would argue that music is even more important in today's setting than ever before. As the world goes into isolation students need regular engagement in an enjoyable environment. Music Education has the power to immediately improve student's current settings.
The following are important resources that we feel may aide you in pursuing online instruction for your students. Below is a link to a webinar recording of a call hosted earlier today in partnership with NAMM and NAFME. Ellis County Music Center is a proud member of both the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) and the National Association of School Music Dealers (NASMD). Specifically, the presentation by John Mlynczak of Note Flight was very insightful in providing practical advice for exploring online learning for music students. We encourage you to take a few moments to review this section of the webinar. His presentation starts at the 26 minute mark. He speaks to issues such as Student Online Privacy, Copyright Questions, and some best practices for musical learning online. We hope you find this information helpful.
Additionally, our team has taken time to locate practical resources for students for reinforcing basic skills and fundamental lessons for your students. The links to these resources are below.
· Music Theory lessons and drills to teach/reinforce basic music reading skills, as well as fundamental music theory concepts
· Smart Music web-based suite of instrumental repertoire, complete with practice, feedback and assessment tools
· How to Practice Your Instrument a brief how-to tutorial covering the basic elements and techniques of a productive practice routine
· Musician Practice Tips tips on how to create a more productive practice routine
· Be Part of the Music a reminder of why you should join and stay in the band
· Instrument Demonstrations a brief demonstration of each band instrument by members of the US Army Field Band (especially helpful for young band members)
· Musician's Toolkit a series of online lessons specialized for each instrument, ranging from introductory to advanced (Subscription Fee Based Website)
We wish the best for you, your family, and students as we all make it through this together. #MusicIsLife
Tim Grant, President - Ellis County Music Center