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Band Directors Talk Shop is all about helping you be a better band director so your students can be better musicians.  It is a collaborative effort of band directors, former band directors, private lesson teachers and fine arts administrators.

Learn.  Posts will strive to teach you something you can use in your classroom today. Practical, bite-sized bits of information that help fix a problem or improve in some area.

Share.  This is a place for us to share ideas with you, but also a place for you to share ideas, comments and questions you may have.  Please engage by posting comments, emailing us questions, and sharing this site on social media so we can help more directors make better musicians.

Inspire.  We hope this is a place that inspires you to continue to learn and grow in your field.  We will also provide many ideas on how to inspire your students to improve and excel.

We want this site to feel like a bunch of band directors sitting around a table talking shop.  Please pull up a chair and join us!

BandDirectorsTalkShop.com is sponsored by our generous business partners:


Encore Tours  Successful band programs and great band trips go hand in hand. Our customized touring packages help define a sense of purpose for ensembles, build ensemble unity and musicianship and strengthen friendships. They help boost the ensemble’s reputation in the community and enhance recruitment and fundraising efforts. And, perhaps the most important, they allow diverse cultures to come together and share in the universal language of music. Learn more at www.encoretours.com.



KHS Music/Jupiter – Founded in 1979 by KHS Musical Instruments, Co., Ltd, Jupiter has become a preeminent brand of wind instruments for school bands around the world. The company remains dedicated to the enrichment of lives through music performance and education by providing the highest quality musical instruments and services. Learn more at KHS America’s website.



N-Tune Music & Sound  N-Tune is a nationally recognized repair facility and a NAMM Top 100 Dealer.  Find out the many ways they can help keep your band instruments in excellent condition here – N-TuneMusic.com


SmartMusic is a music education platform that connects teachers and students. With SmartMusic, educators can create individualized assignments from an unrivaled library of music, and students receive immediate feedback as they practice. With per-student pricing, SmartMusic is suited for any class size and budget. Learn more at smartmusic.com


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