Kincaid's Is Music http://blog.kincaidsmusic.com Providing Music Educators and Parents of Student Musicians with Resources to Help Children Succeed in Band & Orchestra Mon, 21 Jan 2019 21:16:58 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.0.3 How to Have Proper Concert Etiquette: for Parents & Musicians http://blog.kincaidsmusic.com/proper-concert-etiquette/ http://blog.kincaidsmusic.com/proper-concert-etiquette/#respond Mon, 21 Jan 2019 21:03:27 +0000 http://blog.kincaidsmusic.com/?p=1613 Ah, band and orchestra concerts. A culmination of hard work and steady practice. A beautiful movement of notes and harmonies from dozens of young musicians. A triumphant moment for band and orchestra directors and parents alike as their stars perform onstage. And then, a whistle from the crowd. An ill-timed clap from a parent. A [...]

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The Ultimate Guide to Clarinet and Saxophone Reeds http://blog.kincaidsmusic.com/ultimate-guide-clarinet-reeds-saxophone-reeds/ http://blog.kincaidsmusic.com/ultimate-guide-clarinet-reeds-saxophone-reeds/#respond Thu, 15 Nov 2018 15:00:43 +0000 http://blog.kincaidsmusic.com/?p=1497 Whether you are renting a clarinet, saxophone or other reed instrument right now, thinking about it, or playing your 500th concert, understanding reeds will help you create the highest quality sounds and care well for your reeds. If you’re a parent whose child plays any type of reed instrument for their school band, read on [...]

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The Music Student’s No-Fail Guide to a New School Year http://blog.kincaidsmusic.com/music-student-guide/ http://blog.kincaidsmusic.com/music-student-guide/#respond Tue, 04 Sep 2018 17:46:41 +0000 http://blog.kincaidsmusic.com/?p=1446 Summer has come to a close, which can only mean one thing…it’s time for students to enter a brand new school year. We’ve put together a guide for every music student to follow as you head back to school and enter music classes – band or orchestra – for the first time in three months (or [...]

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5 Posts That Will Take Your Summer Instrument Practice to the Next Level http://blog.kincaidsmusic.com/summer-instrument-practice/ http://blog.kincaidsmusic.com/summer-instrument-practice/#respond Thu, 21 Jun 2018 19:42:40 +0000 http://blog.kincaidsmusic.com/?p=1402 Summer is here, and regular routines are being replaced with recreation and relaxation. Between barbecues, pool days and sports leagues, summer instrument practice can fall by the wayside.   So we’ve rounded up a list of summer practice tips from a few our favorite sources. These five quick reads will help your young musician up [...]

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Summer Instrument Rentals: FAQs for Parents http://blog.kincaidsmusic.com/summer-instrument-rentals-faqs/ http://blog.kincaidsmusic.com/summer-instrument-rentals-faqs/#respond Wed, 09 May 2018 15:53:48 +0000 http://blog.kincaidsmusic.com/?p=1294 Do you have questions about what to do with your student’s rental instrument when school lets out for the summer? Don’t worry – you’re not the first! We’ve compiled a list of frequently asked questions from parents that will help you as you consider the benefits of summer instrument rentals. Q: Should I return my [...]

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School Music: 4 Incredible Ways it Develops Lifelong Success http://blog.kincaidsmusic.com/school-music/ http://blog.kincaidsmusic.com/school-music/#respond Tue, 03 Apr 2018 17:24:02 +0000 http://blog.kincaidsmusic.com/?p=1264 Kids need music. Simple as that. Why else do parents sing to comfort their infants, put on lullabies for their toddlers, or play sing-along DVDs for their elementary-aged kids? But there’s a fundamental difference between exposing children to music and educating them in music. I would argue that educating children in music can not only [...]

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Band Directors: Education’s Toughest Job? http://blog.kincaidsmusic.com/band-directors-educations-toughest-job/ http://blog.kincaidsmusic.com/band-directors-educations-toughest-job/#respond Thu, 15 Feb 2018 15:42:55 +0000 http://blog.kincaidsmusic.com/?p=1155 Not many people see band directors as educators with an especially difficult career. For most, we don’t blame them. How would the average person know?  But for others, like administrators, teachers and colleagues, it’s really a shame they don’t see it.  While we can probably all agree that that the majority of educators put in [...]

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Marching Band Camp Checklist http://blog.kincaidsmusic.com/marching-band-camp-checklist/ http://blog.kincaidsmusic.com/marching-band-camp-checklist/#comments Tue, 25 Jul 2017 17:30:35 +0000 http://blog.kincaidsmusic.com/?p=888 Band camp is on the horizon! Are you ready? Many bands offer their own recommended list of items to have for band camp, so check with your director. Check out our recommendations below and feel free to add your own in the comments! Sun/Heat Protection Hat or Cap A wide brim is recommended to help [...]

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It’s Summertime! 7 Tips for Summer Music Practice http://blog.kincaidsmusic.com/7-tips-summer-music-practice/ http://blog.kincaidsmusic.com/7-tips-summer-music-practice/#respond Thu, 29 Jun 2017 17:42:23 +0000 http://blog.kincaidsmusic.com/?p=799 The bell rings and the student’s race for the exit. School’s out! A summer of fun is just around the corner! What about their instrument, though? What will they do with that thing they’ve been learning how to play all school year? If they’re like many young players, the answer is, “Stuff it in a [...]

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5 Survival Tips for the First Year Music Director http://blog.kincaidsmusic.com/5-survival-tips-first-year-music-director/ http://blog.kincaidsmusic.com/5-survival-tips-first-year-music-director/#respond Thu, 01 Jun 2017 12:00:29 +0000 http://blog.kincaidsmusic.com/?p=23 As a first year music director, you have an especially tough job. Few years are more difficult than the first. With so much to do, so much to learn, and so little time, it can be quite overwhelming. That’s why we’ve put together these five important survival tips. You’ll want to remind yourself of these [...]

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