Conduct Backwards

Conduct Backwards – Quick Tip

Conduct Backwards?  What? Do you ever get the feeling you are hearing what you want to hear in band rehearsal? ...

Sightreading Room Hints for Young Teachers

Sightreading Room Hints for Young Teachers

The following sightreading room hints are based on the UIL sightreading rules in Texas.  Your state may have slightly different...

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Airplane Mode – Practice Tips for the Modern Musician Part 2

This is the second post of a three part series about Practice tips for the Modern Musician. In my last...

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You Know You’re a Band Director When…

1. Turn signals blinking out of order drive you nuts. 2. You are perfectly comfortable telling kids to dump spit...

Measure Mix-Up Game

Measure Mix-Up – Teaching Beginning Band with Games

This Measure Mix-Up game will involve moving around and working as a team.  I suggest that students do not have...

Diagnosing Brass Tension and Helping Students Achieve a Better Sound.

This is the 2nd part of a post about brass tension – read part 1 here. Diagnosing the Real Cause...

Simple Steps to Teaching Flute Vibrato

Teaching flute vibrato is a crucial aspect of beginning band.  This post gives a step-by-step to introducing the youngest players...

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Tension

Avoiding the Most Common Pitfall – TENSION!

The most common problem that teachers come across when working with brass players is tension.  Tension is, unfortunately, very natural...

Making Your Administrator Your Ally

We’re on the Same Team: Making your Administrator your Ally

I’m sure that the vast majority of us band directors were brought up to be defenders of our content. Instead...

Beginner Band Pass-Offs

Successful Band Pass-Offs

If you are about to start band pass-offs, here are some ideas to help it be a huge success! Keep...

Band Audition Music

Free Printable Band Audition Music (for end of year auditions)

Choosing audition music for the next year’s band auditions is always tricky.  You may have beginners trying out for the...

SILENT Band Rehearsal

How to Have a SILENT Band Rehearsal

Does your band lose focus when they’ve been working on the same music for a while?  Do you feel like...

Student Led Band Class

How to Have a ‘Student Led Band Class’ When You Have a Substitute

We all know that finding band substitutes that know how to teach band (correctly) is a rare thing.  When you...

Band Students to Look Up

Getting Band Students to Look Up!

The most effective way that we as band directors have to communicate with our band members, especially when performing, is...

Band director jobs

Band Director Jobs (Nationwide!)

This is a nationwide list by state with links to the best resources for searching for band director jobs.  It...

What is Google Classroom

What is Google Classroom?

Google Classroom is an increasingly popular collaborative learning platform that has plenty of flexibility to make it a great tool...

intermediate euphonium

Intermediate Euphonium (TBA Archives)

If you would like to improve your teaching of intermediate euphonium, this post is for you! The TBA Archives refer...

Teaching Sight-Reading

Teach Sight-Reading with TAKES (Quick Tip)

This time of year, many people are thinking about how to teach sight-reading skills.  I wanted to find a way...

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25 cent Baton Holder (Quick Tip)

Looking for a cheap way to store your batons?  Here’s the cheapest fix we’ve seen.  Just simple binder clips! This...

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