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   This is a Youtube channel that I set up for our band stuff.  I will use it for videos or recordings that I upload.  I will also create playlists of other Youtube videos for students to watch.


Metronome: Tempo Lite by Frozen Ape for iOS
Metronome: Tempo Lite by Frozen Ape for Android
     This is the best metronome app for mobile devices out there, in my opinion.  This is the free version.  I use the $3.99 version, but the free one is all you really need.


     Finale Notepad.  This is the free version of the software I use to write all of the music you see on my website.  The free version does not have all of the features that the full $600 version has, of course, but it has a lot.  I highly recommend it, if you are interested in writing your own music.  And I would be happy to help you learn how to use it.


   Check this out. It is an online music writing program. But then you can search for music that other people have written, including pop songs (search for something like "Set Fire To The Rain"). And you can change the music so it fits your instrument. I just learned about this, so I don't know how to use it yet, but you guys can mess around with it and probably figure it out.


     Playlist of the great literature for wind ensemble.


     A great website for learning about your instrument for the first time.  Just select your instrument from the menu in the top-right corner, and explore!


"How Playing An Instrument Benefits Your Brain"
   One of the best explanations I have ever seen of what learning to play a musical instrument does to your brain, and why it is such an important part of your education.  To dig deeper into this, you can also watch this talk by Dr. Sarah Jayne Blakemore that explains how the brain develops during our teenage years.  Of course, you only get these benefits if you practice your instrument every day.  So go practice!  Now!  Go!  Why are you still reading?  Go practice!
   Another article to this point:  https://musicadvisor.com/top-benefits-taking-music-lessons-young-adults/


www.vicfirth.com/education          www.freedrumlessons.com/drum-lessons/drum-rudiments.php 
   Two really good websites for percussion stuff.


     The correct embouchure for playing the clarinet, in great detail.


"10 Simple Steps To Improve Your Clarinet And Saxophone Section"
     Good stuff here.  Everyone should read this and do it.


     Jazz At Lincoln Center (New York) "Jazz Academy" page.  Good stuff.


     Jazz stuff through the Smithsonian museum.


      Flute Tips blog.


     Flute embouchure help for beginners.


     Great artists on each instrument, with recordings of their performances.


     This is an online resource for band directors, but students can get a lot out of it too.  For example, if you play clarinet, then search for “clarinet” to find articles about how to play the flute better, etc.


     “Why are my clarinets playing flat?”  Excellent article about clarinet intonation, embouchure, etc.