Lesson Plans

A Student’s Last Lesson

There are plenty of ‘first lessons’ out there, but what do you do for a student’s last lesson? Twitter: @musiciansnotes Facebook: http://facebook.com/musiciansnotepad Lesson Plans is a periodic column featuring both specific and conceptual lesson plans. They are designed to get you to think as a teacher and to give you a springboard to create your…




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Musician’s Notepad Beginning Band Percussionist Teacher Pack

This month’s publication is a combination of our three beginning percussionist handouts, How to hold the sticks/Sticking patterns, Beginning Bell Kit/5 Note Songs, and Basic Timpani Instruction and Reference. This is a great pack of handouts for both band directors getting ready to see those brand new percussionists for the first time this fall as…




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Drummers You Should Know – Gene Chrisman

In last week’s post we featured the drum part played by Gene Chrisman on Dusty Springfield’s 1968 hit song, “Son of a Preacher Man”. Although I’m certain you knew the song before last week, did you actually know the drummer who played on it? If so, then you may have some idea of just how…




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Groove Of The Month – August 2016

“Son Of A Preacher Man” – Dusty Springfield – 1968 – Gene Chrisman – 90bpm This month’s groove is a classic that comes to us all the way from 1968. Dusty Springfield’s “Son Of A Preacher Man” is one of those songs that if you haven’t had to play it yet as a drummer, you…




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Teaching Tips – We’re All Failures

  This time on teaching tips we take a look at the word ‘Failure’ and why it may be the best thing ever! Featured Videos: Timpani Fail: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Arqvnp6yUCg Cymbal Fail: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=opiMHTaUEaA Violin Accident 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=StBe3m4gI2g Violin Accident 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xP8sfTelO9k Intro/Outro Song: “Counterfeit Sky” by Failure – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S0P6t2rlo_k




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Publication – The Bell Kit

This week I started another beginner band camp and so it is fitting I share my bell kit handout with all of you. The front tells all about the instrument and how when one is starting out it doesn’t have to be as intimidating as it looks. The back side gives a handful of beginning…




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Teaching Tips – Creating Events To Perform For Your Students

As a music educator it is important for us to convey the significance of live performance to our students and encourage them to attend live music events, as most musicians will tell you that it was the impact of a live performance that initially inspired them to play and pursue music. The only trouble is…




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Groove Of The Month – July 2016

“Rings” – Aesop Rock – 2016 – Aesop Rock(Programming) – 128bpm This month’s groove comes from the first release from Aesop Rock’s new record “The Impossible Kid.” I’d been wanting to do an Aesop Rock tune for a while and was looking to do one off of his last record ‘Skelethon’ when I discovered that…




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Technology and Teaching – Zildjian L80 Low Volume Cymbals

Check out our review on Zildjian’s new L80 Low Volume Cymbals. Zildjian claims these cymbals sound like regular cymbals but are up to 80% quieter. If this is true it changes the game if you are a teacher that has to use a muffled setup. Do they hit their mark? Watch the video to find…




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Half Year In Review 2016

It’s halfway through the year and we figured it was time to take a quick look back at all the great things we are happy with and thankful for in this first half of 2016 First off, I must say that our highest successes this year have all been due to our launch into video…