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Monday, January 6, 2014


Palen Music Center is dedicated to helping children experience excellence, personal growth, and joy through involvement in music. We carry out this mission by supporting area band directors through weekly service, support, educational programs, and quality products. This weekly Quick Note newsletter strives to highlight topics that are immediately helpful in the classroom. Comments, suggestions, ideas, and articles are always welcome.


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5 Smart Tips for Successful Teacher Planning by Jim Matthews
This is a great article we found on We hope you enjoy!

Having teacher’s lessons is vital to any effective classroom atmosphere. In fact, most teachers make lesson plans. But what separates the average teacher from the effective teacher? This article will reveal to you five tips that will transform your teacher planning into something that works.

1. You set the atmosphere.
There’s a saying that perfectly describes how you should set your classroom atmosphere: “Honey draws more flies than vinegar.” In other words, you can gain more with sweetness than bitterness. Students are much more likely to listen if you leave out any bitterness. Just keep in mind that it doesn’t mean you should let students step all over you either.

2. Be very organized and plan your lessons.
This is the greatest way to prevent inappropriate behavior. Students will fill in any down time with their own lesson plans! Never leave down time.

3. Transition from one activity to the next, like a coach would in daily drills.
You should always be one step ahead of your students during your lesson. Famous American basketball coach John Wooden used cue cards with all sorts of drills and plays already made up before practice began. All coaches have playbooks and cue cards—so why not teachers?

4. Have a set list of accomplishments.
Students must know what you expect from them to achieve a good grade. Once they know what they need to do, then get them working on it. Harry Wong, a famous educator and author, said that “Whoever is doing the work is doing the learning.”

5. Keep your talking to a minimum and the activity to a maximum.
Especially nowadays more than ever, kids have a very short attention span and will stop listening if you talk too much. Get them involved, and keep the activities interactive.

Teacher planning and preparation is something that is oftentimes overlooked by educators and policy makers. Some think that a few minutes is all it takes to get ready for classes. However, the five tips given in this article are essential if you want the kind of classroom atmosphere that promotes successful teaching and a fulfilling education for students.

Concert Percussion Specials

Palen Music Center is proud to offer some high-end concert percussion instruments that are being used at the upcoming Missouri Music Educators Association convention in January. This brand-new equipment will only be used for a few days, then sold at a discount. Please let us know if you are interested in taking advantage of these great prices. Only one of each item is available and cannot be re-ordered at these prices. To place your order, please contact Eric Matzat by email. Items are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Item Retail Price PMC Special Price
Ludwig 18"x36" Concert Bass Drum with Tilting Stand SOLD $2,485.00 $1,285.99
Ludwig 5-piece Copper Bowl Timpani with Pro Tuning Gauges $21,120.00 $10,929.60
Musser M250 4.3-octave Rosewood Concert-Grand Marimba $14,045.00 $7,268.29
Musser M50 3.5-octave Rosewood Xylophone $6,910.00 $3,575.93
Musser M55 3-octave Vibraphone $8,335.00 $4,313.36
Musser M635C 1.5-octave Chimes (22-note) with pedal damper $6,820.00 $3,529.35

Contact Your Local Palen Music Center Representative


Can we assist you with anything?  Please contact your local Palen Music Center school road representative for all of your music education needs.


Springfield Bob Hopkins, Wayne Blades, Mike Steffen, AAron Bryan, Amanda Meyer and Melissia Goff (417) 882-7000
Columbia Chuck Appleton and Rob Goade (573) 256-5555
Liberty Ken Crisp, John Bell, Victoria Clymore and Paul Warnex (816) 792-8301
Joplin AAron Bryan, Greg Rosander, and Amanda Meyer (417) 781-3100
Broken Arrow Jeff Lawless and Mary Ann French (918) 286-1555


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