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Hey, everyone! Dan Leeman here.
I'm a music educator-turned software architect located in Fargo, North Dakota. I started Notestem in 2013 to distribute my sheet music arrangements to fellow musicians.
I graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota and started my career as a middle school band teacher.
I went on to found the Davies High School band program where I served as Director of Bands until I transitioned into software consulting.
Throughout my career, I have always looked for opportunities to combine my unique interests in music, education, and software development.
Notestem is a passion project that combines these interests in a way that (hopefully!) provides value to other budding musicians, music educators, and music professionals.
What can you expect from Notestem?
Articles & Blog Posts
One of the most striking dichotomies I've found is the content that is available to the music community online.
On one hand, you have more affiliate marketers popping up to make a quick buck by shucking terrible, cheaply-made instruments to unsuspecting parents of young musicians.
Unfortunately, they are marketers, not musicians - and it shows!
On the other hand, there is a wealth of material from experienced musicians, but much of these nuggets of wisdom are buried in the old-school web of the 1990s.
Notestem provides reliable information backed by some of the best music educators and performers in the world.
More to come on this soon!
Drawing from my experiences as a teacher and arranger, I'll be publishing and sharing technique-building resources, solo, and chamber ensemble sheet music.