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how to teach four mallet grip

How to Teach Four Mallet Grip

How to Teach Four Mallet Grip to your Percussionist Four mallet marimba playing is becoming increasingly prominent in the hands...

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DO Sweat the Small Stuff: Full Band Ensemble Tips

DO Sweat the Small Stuff: Full Band Ensemble Tips As we all know, no band program is the same. We...

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We noticed people have been searching for “Amazon” on our site and realized that means people are trying to click...

Hearing protection for band directors

Conserving Your Earsight

As musicians, our hearing is our most important tool. While some miraculously survive an entire career with acute hearing intact,...

Every Student Can Contribute: Behind-the-Scenes Opportunities

One of my goals is that every one of my students makes a positive contribution to the band program as...

Breathing Plan

What’s Your Breathing Plan?

Musicians often write about and discuss the importance of breathing in band performance. While some hold the position that a...

Tips on teaching intonation

Tips on Teaching Intonation (from 50+ Band Directors)

In our summer survey, we asked Band Directors Talk Shop readers “What is the best phrase, analogy or activity you’ve...

Happy Birthday Sousa!

Did you know that John Philip Sousa, “The March King” was born on November 6th? And Veteran’s Day is coming...

Troubleshooting flute tone

Troubleshooting Flute Tone

Struggling with producing a good tone on the flute can be frustrating for students of all levels. As a band...

Teaching Brass Players to Love the Process of Tuning

Teaching young musicians to develop their sense of intonation can be a daunting task. Young brass players, especially, need to...

Three Tips for Improving Stopped Horn

Stopped horn is an extremely effective but sometimes misunderstood technique required for the horn. Stopped passages occur in every genre...

F# on Mouthpiece and barrel

F# On Mouthpiece & Barrel (Quick Tip)

Having a hard time getting your beginning clarinets to play good sounds and on pitch on the mouthpiece and barrel?...

Free Note Name Generator (You will LOVE this!)

Oh. My. Gosh. Did you know about this  note name generator tool? I didn’t until a few days ago. This...

Solving the Woodwind Puzzle: 5 Instruments, 3 Big Ideas

Woodwind Fingering Principles A few simple concepts about woodwind fingering can put the lion’s share of the confusion that The...

The Band Registry Fundraiser- Easy Fundraising Without Selling Anything

The Band Registry Fundraiser: Easy Fundraising Without Selling Anything

I’ve worked with several nonprofit organizations over the last few years. My most recent stint was with our local school...

DO Sweat the Small Stuff (Part 2) Beginning Brass & Percussion

Brass Have the students BUZZ Just have them buzz. Buzz sirens, buzz their method book songs, buzz their band songs,...

From Rhythm Pyramid to Rhythmic Reading

I’m guessing many of you use a rhythm pyramid. Great! It’s a nice visual that can help students see how...

beginning band basics

Boosting Up the Beginning Band Basics: Techniques for Developing High Student Engagement, Motivation and Accountability for Low Socio-Economic Students

Boosting up the Student-Teacher Relationship. Teaching students how to treat each other and how to treat adults should be always...

Maintenance Monday!

We all plan on making sure that our students do what they should to maintain their instruments correctly. However, it...

How to Not Drive Yourself Crazy as a Young Teacher

Over the course of the next few weeks, thousands of young band directors will begin their first days in a...

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