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Beginning Oboe – The First Sound

Before the First Lesson Make sure that you carefully use the first pages of the method book to help reinforce...

Band Director's back-to-school-checklist

FREE Band Director’s Back-to-School Checklist

Wouldn’t it be great if you had a comprehensive checklist so you don’t forget one of the many important back-to-school...

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Teachers Pay Teachers Store Grand Opening!

Grand Opening is over, but you can still grab a few freebies! See below… NEW freebie this week! Woohoo! We’re...

ONE Thing That Improved Student Performance in Band (well, really 64 things…)

In our summer survey, we asked Band Directors Talk Shop readers “What is one thing you did last year that...

Helpful Horn Hints: How to String a French Horn Valve

I know stringing a horn valve may seem very intimidating to a non-horn player, but it is really quite easy....

8 Things To Do This Summer To Be A Better Band Director Next Year

1. REST! Band directors give 100% to their students every day. And a band director’s “summer” is certainly not as...

Professional Development for Band Directors (self-study)

Ah, professional development for band directors. Wouldn’t it be nice if your “self-study” professional had to do with music? And,...

How to Find Grants for Your Band

How to Find Grants for Your Band

Getting funding for special projects doesn’t have to require long-term fundraising efforts or hosting a fundraising event. Here are some...

Patriotic Mystery Tunes

July 4th is our Independence Day here in America. Let’s play a game… Do you know what song this is?...

9 Things to Say Instead of “That’s Hard”

Although there’s nothing wrong with giving students “hard” assignments, students often use the phrase “That’s hard” as an alternative to...

32 Reasons Band Directors are Counting Down the Last Days of School

Fidget spinners! Endless “I need another copy of …..” Brass instruments baths. Being up close and personal with that many...

Supply Kit for Band Trips and Off-Campus Performances

Do you have a supply kit for band trips? Caring for our students while off campus is a huge responsibility....

4 Band Activities for May 4th (May the Fourth Be With You)

4 Band Activities for May 4th (May the Fourth Be With You)

1. Teach your students about the interval of a fourth. Give them a simple pattern of fourths to play. Also have...

YouTube Finds – Brass

These clips (solos/ensembles) were found with the goal of inspiring students. Some are videos the most famous players around, some...

Concert Evaluations – Better Assessment of Concert Attendance & Performance

As trends in education change, so do expectations. The biggest, and for some the trickiest, expectation is for teachers to completely...

Band Director Tricks of the Trade

Several years ago, the middle school band directors in our state decided to get together and share teaching tips and...

YouTube Finds Woodwinds

YouTube Finds – Woodwinds

These clips (solos/ensembles) were found with the goal of inspiring students. Some are videos the most famous players around, some...

The Power of thank you notes

The Power of Thank You Notes

Do you remember when you learned “it’s the thought that counts?” Probably when Aunt Mertyl gave you a crocheted scarf...

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Complete List of Summer Band Camps (United States)

This list is still under construction – we are still researching and compiling this summer band camps list and we...

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Creating Positive, Peer-Led Section Rehearsal Attendance Accountability in a low-SES school

If you have read my previous article on strategies to increase student attendance for before and after school events, then...

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