flute tuning

Learning to Play the Flute in Tune (Part 1)

This is Part 1 of a handout “Learning to Play the Flute in Tune” by Mrs. Barbara Lambrecht.  Part 2 is...

Retain Private Lessons

8 Ways To Retain Great Private Lesson Teachers

(This post was written from the private lesson point of view.  However, I was also a band director for years...

The Crayon Analogy (for Band)

The Crayon Analogy (for Band) Tell your ensemble this story if they are overblowing, not blending or not playing within the...

low ses

So I Teach at a Low SES School…Language and Delivery.

After working with students in low socioeconomic schools for 16 years, I have found that the label “low-SES” is very...

“The Pre-Contest Syndrome”

The Pre-Contest Syndrome Have you noticed the following strange behavior from your band director lately? 1. Repeating things 2 or...

There’s a Time and a Place for Every Fingering (Sax – Bb)

 There are a handful of conversations that come up in saxophone lessons with great regularity.  One that I’d like to...

Practice Tips for the Modern Musician

Use a Stopwatch, Not a Timer – Practice Tips for the Modern Musician Part 1

This is the first of 3 posts on “Practice Tips for the Modern Musician.” The link to Part 2 is...

A note before a rest

A Note Before a Rest…

Have you ever heard a colleague use a phrase and thought “Yes! Those are the perfect words!” And from then on you...

Teach Style First

Teach Style First

Teach Style First We find ourselves in the thick of contest preparation already……..how time flies!  I am really quite busy...

Habits of a Successful middle school band director

Habits of a Successful Middle School Band Director

“Building the Band” Perhaps the most difficult aspect of building a successful band program is the actual “building” of the...

Music Mentors Make a Difference!1

Music Mentors Can Make a Difference!

Music mentors can make a difference. Whether you are a brand new band director or have been at it for...

TMEA Clinic Previes

TMEA Clinic Previews for Band – 7 Ideas You Can Use TODAY!

TMEA Clinic Previews For Band 2017 The Texas Music Educators Association Convention 2017 is coming up soon.  If you’re attending,...

Vive la Difference: The Uniqueness of the Horn

Hey, don’t point that at me! If one thinks of the famous solos from the standard repertoire written for the...