YouTube demonetized my tuba videos (also, I make tuba videos)

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Early in 2018, YouTube made changes to how us commoners can earn money through its Partner Program (or “YPP”). You probably heard about it here and, oh yeah, here.

Now seems like a good time to describe my own (less tumultuous) history with YPP.

I play tuba

Before becoming one of the resident grammar-hammers at Ars Technica, I taught one-on-one tuba, euphonium, and trombone lessons in public schools in the Houston / Galveston area. Around 2001, I started arranging sheet music (mostly duets) to play with my students.

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