band music

Selecting Band Music for Contest – Specific Qualifications

These specifications can help you when you are selecting band music.  They are taken from Teaching Music through Performance in...

5 Ways to Get More Out of Your Region Band Clinic

Region band clinics are a wonderful opportunity for our students to grow as musicians, but don’t forget they are a...

TBA Archives – Teach Like Your Hair’s On Fire

The TBA Archives refer to the Texas Bandmasters Association archives of clinic handouts from past conventions.  Conventions are one of...

Band Seating Chart

Band Seating Chart in 3 Minutes (Free Template)

Band Seating Chart template is BELOW! If you’re looking for a simple solution to drawing out your band seating chart...

band music

Selecting Band Music for Contest – General Guidelines

When selecting band music for contest there are many things to consider.  These are three of the most important. 1....

Free Note Name ‘Video Game’ That Teaches, Reviews and Assesses

Would you love a note name ‘video game’ to use in your classes?  Are you looking for a way to...

Basson Tip

1 Bassoon Tip to Save Your Band Hundreds of Dollars

If you’ve never heard this bassoon tip, you’ll be amazed at how simple it is! Bassoon bocals are SO expensive...

Motivate Your Band – Reach Higher

Looking for ways to motivate your band?  This series – Motivate Your Band – will feature ideas that you can put into...

Private Lessons

7 Benefits of Private Lessons

One-on-one teaching is the most efficient way to help students excel.  Here are 7 benefits of private lessons to share with...

Switching Kids to 4 Valve Instruments – 3 Options to Consider

Switching Kids to 4 Valve Instruments – 3 Options to Consider

When switching kids to 4 valve instruments you should evaluate a number of factors. Here are 3 options to consider when planning...

Cross-Curricular Applications in Band (Quick Tip)

Cross-Curricular Applications in Band (Quick Tip)

Cross-curricular applications in band can be a touchy subject.  I think most band directors agree that we teach music for...

Organizing a Band DIRECTOR Calendar – 3 Tips

Organizing a Band DIRECTOR Calendar – 3 Tips

What is a band director calendar?  I’m talking about your personal calendar.  The one on your phone or on your desk...

How Playing an Instrument Benefits your Brain

If you find it interesting to learn about how playing an instrument benefits your brain, this is a great 4...

Teaching Clarinets to “Roll to A” Isn’t Enough

If you’re teaching clarinets to “Roll to A” that’s good – but it’s not enough.  The left index finger is...

Motivating your band

Motivate Your Band – Countdown to Contest

Looking for ways to motivate your band?  This series – Motivate Your Band – will feature ideas that you can put into...

Teaching beginning Band

Teaching Beginning Band with Games – Jeopardy

Teaching beginning band with this game is a great way to make class more fun while reviewing many different concepts....

Improving Sightreading Skills with Thirds

Thirds patterns are an excellent way to bridge the gap between playing scales and sightreading within a specific key.  Here’s a...

It’s All in the State of Mind

It is appropriate that this post be dedicated to Randy Storie.  He was an inspirational band director and mentor to...

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