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Palen Music Center Quick Note

Monday, March 25, 2013


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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Embouchure Visualizer by Rob Goade

We all love to find a new way to help our kids learn the fundamentals. Here is a neat invention on the wall of one of our classrooms at Smithton MS in Columbia. Since it doesn't really have an official name, I'll call it the "Embouchure Visualizer". It gives students a clear view of their embouchure and then allows them to compare it to pictures of advanced musicians that have been put into a neat booklet. The inventor of this visually appealing device is Todd Yatsook, a former part time teacher in the district. If you would like to contact him about having one made for your band room or getting the plans to have one made, simply send your contact information to me and I will forward it to him.

I think this could be a handy teaching tool for all levels, and especially when starting beginners.

Rob Goade
Palen Music
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