Music Educator Resources

Resources for music educators and directors. Use the search feature above to filter by categories such as fundraising, recruitment or lesson plans!

  • 10 Fabulous Pieces for High-Level Youth Orchestras - Part 1

    10 Fabulous Pieces for High-Level Youth Orchestras - Part 1

    Renowned conductor Dr. Carolyn Watson shares some of her top repertoire recommendations for high-level youth orchestras.

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  • 7 Tips to Make Your Choir Inclusive of Gender Diversity

    7 Tips to Make Your Choir Inclusive of Gender Diversity

    Guest blogger Dr. Joshua Palkki shares important steps choral educators can take to make their choirs inclusive of gender diversity.

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  • Cultural Ambassadors on Performance Tours: How to come together through music

    Cultural Ambassadors on Performance Tours: How to come together through music

    Encore Tours Director Diane Linn shares her experiences with cultural ambassadorship on performance tours - complete with example letters!

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  • Director Spotlight: Laurel Talley - First trip fears no more!

    Director Spotlight: Laurel Talley - First trip fears no more!

    Orchestra director Laurel Talley talks about her apprehensions before leading her first international performance tour and how traveling with Encore gave her confidence to lead future trips!

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  • Director Spotlight: Nathan Cohen - How to get the most out of your fundraisers

    Director Spotlight: Nathan Cohen - How to get the most out of your fundraisers

    Encore Tours Director Nathan Cohen shares tips on how to get the most out of fundraisers for your ensemble's performance tour.

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  • A Year in the Life of Beginner Strings

    A Year in the Life of Beginner Strings

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  • Arts Advocacy for Music Educators - Importance and Resources

    Arts Advocacy for Music Educators - Importance and Resources

    Arts Advocacy is extremely important for Music Educators to take part in at all levels - from school boards to national legislation. Read for resources and tips to become an effective arts advocate!

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  • 29+ Free Organizational Tools for Managing Your Ensemble

    29+ Free Organizational Tools for Managing Your Ensemble

    A list of 29+ free organizational tools for managing your ensemble's day-to-day operations.

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  • How to Compose a Piece for Your Choir Tour

    How to Compose a Piece for Your Choir Tour

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  • Chorus America's Online Learning Program Sponsored by Encore Tours

    Chorus America's Online Learning Program Sponsored by Encore Tours

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  • How to Create the Perfect Press Kit

    How to Create the Perfect Press Kit

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  • Fundraising on a Major Scale

    Fundraising on a Major Scale

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  • The 5 Most Insightful Thoughts from Tri-M Scholarship Applicants

    The 5 Most Insightful Thoughts from Tri-M Scholarship Applicants

    2016 Tri-M high school members write essays on defining music as a universal language. This article provides the top 5 insightful quotes from these essays.

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  • Ebook 15 Lesson Plans

    Ebook 15 Lesson Plans

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  • Marching Band Trips: Preparing for The Performances

    Marching Band Trips: Preparing for The Performances

      You’re going on a band trip and the excitement is building. The fundraising is done and all the travel logistics have been arranged. Now you just need to focus on the most important thing of all...

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  • Prepare Recordings for Your Ensemble’s Press Kit

    Prepare Recordings for Your Ensemble’s Press Kit

    Whether it is for local concert promotions, touring overseas, or just posting on your website, a well-constructed press kit can be an invaluable tool for raising the profile of your ensemble. In...

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  • Choosing Sample Repertoire for Your Ensemble’s Press Kit

    Choosing Sample Repertoire for Your Ensemble’s Press Kit

    Whether it is for local concert promotions, touring overseas, or just posting on your website, a well-constructed press kit can be an invaluable tool for raising the profile of your ensemble. In...

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  • Writing Captivating Biographies for Your Ensemble’s Press Kit

    Writing Captivating Biographies for Your Ensemble’s Press Kit

    Whether it is for local concert promotions, touring overseas, or just posting on your website, a well-constructed press kit can be an invaluable tool for raising the profile of your ensemble. In...

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  • Taking Engaging Photos for Your Ensemble’s Press Kit

    Taking Engaging Photos for Your Ensemble’s Press Kit

    Whether it is for local concert promotions, touring overseas, or just posting on your website, a well-constructed press kit can be an invaluable tool for raising the profile of your ensemble. In...

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  • Band Director Tips: Know Your Community

    Band Director Tips: Know Your Community

      Know Your Community Steve Acciani has been a band director for almost 30 years and runs one of the top programs in the country at Diamond Bar High School in southern California.  He’s learned a...

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