Performance bingo

Performance Bingo

Audition music.  Like it or LOVE it, the individual accountability and preparation of this stuff helps mold our little musicians...

Plickers for Band

Stop me if you’ve heard this one. You ask your class a question and wait for hands to appear. Most...

Flute legato

Blowing Between the Notes: The Fine Art of Flute Legato

In the first couple years of playing, I’m satisfied if my private students learn to play all the notes through...

teaching snare drum

First Steps of Snare Drum (Part 2)

In my last article, I spent a great deal of time focused on getting the student to set up the...

district initiatives band

Working With District Initiatives, Not Against

A great number of decisions are made without us music teachers in mind, both at the district and campus levels. ...

How I Teach Clarinet Embouchure

How I Teach Clarinet Embouchure This is written in a very conversational tone because it is taken from a podcast....

Teaching Snare Drum, Day One

Teaching Snare Drum, Day One. We all know that those very first moments of instruction and learning on a new...

Be the tortoise

Be the Tortoise (a story to share with your band)

Once there was a hare who, bragging how he could run faster than anyone else, often teased a tortoise for...

band rehearsal

20 Analogies That I Have Used (With Love) in Band Rehearsals That You Have Not

I believe very strongly that humor plays an important part in the band rehearsal, especially with younger groups. It helps...

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