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Social Media Management Services

Have you ever noticed that some people, and more often businesses, seem to have their name on your social media news feed whenever you are there? No, they are probably not sitting at their computer constantly posting and tweeting.

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It Is Not About Putting Out Fires, But About Being Ready

I believe some of my Dad’s Fire Department practices could help Music Teachers when it comes to putting out fires. Here are 11 things Music and Fire Departments should have in common.

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10+ Gump-ism-style Advice Lines for Bands, Students and Parents

In the spirit of Forrest Gump who put out Gump-isms like, “Life is like a box of chocolates…..You never know what you’re gonna get”, I offer the following sayings that sometime happen in band rehearsals and private studio lessons. “Good

Avoid mistakes choosing a contest solo

By John Gardner Sometimes I sit in the clarinet room during the upper level solos at Solo and Ensemble festival. There is a painful pattern of poor choices in music selection and interpretation, including the selection and performances of Sonata

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Puppy Dogs and Clarinets

When I would ask about a step up instrument, she always responded about how busy her parents were. DAD WAS A SURGEON, so I knew the price was NOT an issue.

4 VoIP systems I use: Net 10, Google Voice, Nextiva and Skype

Households and individuals have been dumping their home land-line phones and going to all cell phone use. Makes sense, especially for those who already have multiple cell phones in the family and are looking to cut cost. I use four VoIP (Voice over Internet) systems for my personal and small businesses; Net 10, Google Voice, Nextiva and Skype.

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10 Reasons Teachers and Coaches Make Good Fundraisers

At my first teaching position, I replaced the band director who went into fundraising. My fundraising rep was a former band director. Four years later I left to start a fundraising career. Of the fifteen reps in our ‘District’ — over half were band directors. The company owners were band directors who had broken off from another company run by band directors.

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10 Tips for Business and Education Professionals

Few business items are as irritating as people who don’t respond to email in a timely manner. If you regularly start your responses with, “Sorry for the delay….”, you need to read this post.

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10+ Ways To Improve Volunteer Booster Meetings

By John Gardner Everybody who likes going to business meetings – raise your hand! Exactly. In this “Band as a Business” series, I will share experiences from my small business experience running a fundraising distributorship and cross-compare similarities to running

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Safety, Transparency and Reputation when Coaching Students

By John Gardner For a short while during my earliest teen years, without concern about walking to and into his home, I studied piano with a single guy who lived a few blocks away. During high school freshman year, I took

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