scale routine

Jar of Dooooom (Changing up your scale routine)

Changing up your scale routine to keep the students engaged. Tis the season to keep things exciting so students keep...

Clarinets playing flat

Why Are My Clarinets Playing Flat?

If you have clarinets playing flat, it needs to be addressed immediately as it is often a symptom of a...

setting practice goals

Setting Goals and Achieving Objectives – Practice Tips for the Modern Musician

Too often, we as music educators, default to statements like, “go home and practice” or “you can’t practice your horn...

Strategies for Retention in Your Band Program

Strategies for Retention in Your Band Program Have you taken a look at your band numbers for next year?  Are...

Music substitute lesson plan

Music Substitute Lesson Plan (4th/5th Grade) for a non-music sub

Need a music substitute lesson plan? It’s always tough to be away from your classroom, but it helps if you...

Band Performance Day

Band Performance Day

What is Band Performance Day? An opportunity for students to perform: in a positive, non-competitive environment with no criticism at...

teach cut time

Teach Cut Time – Play the Method Book in Cut Time!

Want a creative and fun way to teach cut time? Play back through the method book in cut time. This is a...

Teaching Brass

Utilizing Sound Concepts When Teaching Brass

Metaphorically, I think we all teach our young brass students to become one of two things: either a builder, or...

BandDirectors

Band Directors Talk Shop’s 100th Post! (Some of our top posts)

Woohoo! This post is the 100th post on BandDirectorsTalkShop.com! That means 100 ideas for band directors across the country. We...

Compound Foot Tap

Why teach compound foot tap: Compound time understanding 3/8, 6/8 etc. (each beat is divided into three 8th notes or...

The Race

The Race – A Story to Share with your Band

The Race Whenever I start to hang my head in front of failure’s face, my downward fall is broken by...

Would You Rather... Band Version

Would You Rather… Band Version

Time for some fun – Would You Rather… Band Version! This game is ideal to use with concert bands and large...

duct tape marimba (cheap practice marimba)

Duct Tape Marimba (Practice Marimba)

Do your percussionists need a way to practice marimba over the summer? A duct tape marimba may be your answer!...

Saxophone F# & C – There’s a Time and Place for Every Fingering

This is the second post in a series on saxophone fingering options. As I discussed in my previous article on...

Crossing the Break on Clarinet

Crossing the Break on Clarinet – Smoothly!

There are many factors that contribute to clarinet players going smoothly from A to B in the staff. Many people...

Recruiting for band

Recruiting Website – Free Resources to Recruit Band Students

Looking for some fresh ideas for recruiting for your band program? If you haven’t checked out this site yet, it’s...

Evaluate Band Students

Teaching Strategies to Evaluate Band Students

Every day that we teach, we want our students to become better musicians. One of the best ways to do that...

Beginning Band Games

Connect 4 – Beginning Band Games – Finish Strong – Motivate until the last day of school

More beginning band games?  Yes, please! If you don’t have a Connect 4 game, ask the kids to bring one....

“Bring A Parent to Band” Day

“Bring a Parent to Band” Day

What is a “Bring a Parent to Band” Day? Kind of a reverse “Bring a child to work” day Takes...

Mean Band Director

I’m Sorry I’m a Mean Band Director – Free Graphic

Scroll down for FREE instant downloads… T-shirts, hoodies, and mugs with this design are for sale for a LIMITED time!...

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