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National Teacher Appreciation Day – May 8, 2012

History of National Teacher Day

The origins of National Teacher Day are murky. Around 1944 Arkansas teacher Mattye Whyte Woodridge began corresponding with political and education leaders about the need for a national day to honor teachers. Woodridge wrote to Eleanor Roosevelt, who in 1953 persuaded the 81st Congress to proclaim [...]

My Teaching Makes Kids Yawn

Recently, I had the privilege of working with two young tuba players at a friend’s high school. I was anxious to start working with them, but the band had a performance coming up and needed to do a run-through of their music. I had about 10 minutes to work with them before [...]

Practicing Without the Horn

Creative ways around an awkwardly large instrument.

One of the biggest challenges to beginning tuba players is the ability to practice. Since walking home with a tuba or trying to carry it on the bus is unpractical, here’s a few suggestions for overcoming this difficulty.

Multiple Horns:

If your school has multiple [...]