Demystifying Double Reeds

The embouchure is an important fundamental concept to playing either the oboe or bassoon.  There are many similarities between a...

Band Substitute Plans

Band Substitute Lesson Plan (for a non-music sub)

Do you need a band substitute lesson plan for a general substitute to use?  All you need for this is...

Bassoon Eb

Bassoon Eb (Quick Tip)

When teaching the bassoon, it quickly becomes obvious that the third space E flat is a lousy note! It is...

Class 3 Solos

Middle School Solos – Tried & True Favorites

These recommendations are the top responses from a survey of 30+ very experienced band directors.  Be aware: some of the...

percussionist's grip

Three Quick Ways to Check Your Percussionist’s Grip From the Podium

The percussionist’s grip on sticks or mallets is as fundamental as the embouchure a wind player forms. The younger the...

Oops – Band Director Stress (BDS) Error

Are you suffering from Band Director Stress (BDS) Error? Feeling a little stressed out and need some humor?  Post this on...

Sheet Music

Free Metronome & Sheet Music

8 notes.com is a website worth looking at.  I have not even begun to scratch the surface of what is...

small school band

TBA Archives – Building Success in the Small School Band

If you’re at a small school or in a small town (or in a similar situation) this post is for you!...

Note Starts

Note Starts “Try This Quick Tip…”

Note starts can be a source of frustration in both beginning classes and ensembles, especially with younger groups. A common...

Beginning Band Super Bowl

Beginning Band Super Bowl

Use Beginning Band Super Bowl to take advantage of all the Super Bowl hype right now.  Take these ideas and adjust...

Don't Have a private lesson program

Don’t Have A Private Lesson Program? 11 Ideas for You!

If you don’t have a private lesson program for your band, your students can still be wildly successful!  Here are some...

Color in the Band Room

Color in the Bandroom

For a long time, I underestimated the effect color could have on my students and their ability to read and...

Rhythm Envelope Game

Rhythm Envelope Game – Teaching Beginning Band with Games

The rhythm envelope game is a great way to review rhythms in a totally different way.  We usually focus on having...

Should you be practicing right now?

Should You Be Practicing Right Now? (Free Image)

Click on the picture to enlarge this “Should you be practicing right now?” image. If you would like a FREE...

How Using Lanyards Can Help You Listen to Every Student in Beginning Band

Teaching beginner instrument classes is simultaneously rewarding and overwhelming. We all know that we should be hearing our students play...

Developing a Jazz Program- Strategies and Solutions

Developing a Jazz Program: Strategies and Solutions

My experience as a high school band director and clinician has shown me that teachers often avoid topics such as...

switching kids to 4 valve

It’s a Tuba Thing

Dr. Roeder’s full handout is now available for free here… Its a Tuba Thing  Effectively teaching tuba players and general tuba pedagogy...

Teaching Rhythm Logically

Rhythm as a Fundamental We are all aware of the importance of the almighty Concert F. We understand the gravity...

The Band Puzzle

Motivate Your Band – The Band Puzzle

Share this story of the “Band Puzzle” with your students to help them understand how their individual piece fits into the...

A Systematic Approach to Improving Trumpet Tone Quality

Improving Trumpet Tone Quality: In order to produce a beautiful trumpet sound, the performer must have a thorough understanding of...