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The Most Important Thing I Learned as a Music Education Major (from 70+ band directors)

What’s the most helpful thing you learned during your music education classes in college or during student teaching? The Practical...

Keeping the percussion section busy during band rehearsal is important. Helpful tips and tricks for band directors!

Idle Hands Are The Devil’s Workshop (in the percussion section)

Close you eyes and imagine this…. You are conducting on the podium and you suddenly realize that you haven’t yelled...

Is score study a struggle for you? Is it something you want to improve but don’t know how? This article provides some great tips and tricks! Topics such as exploring music form and structure, analyzing key areas and cadential moments, dynamics, articulation, and much more are discussed. These tips will help you be a better band director and have a more effective band rehearsal. Visit Band Directors Talk Shop for more fun band teaching ideas!

Make Your Mark: Steps Toward Efficient Score Study (Quick Tip)

“It is not often that a man can make opportunities for himself. But he can put himself in such shape...

Do you need a change of pace in your band rehearsal? Is your routine getting old? Click here to learn how to have a “mix it up” day in your music classroom! Get students outside of their familiar “bubbles” and implement some of the fun ideas suggested in this article such as letting students change chairs, the director conducting from a different part of the room, having the students rehearse in a circle, have a silent rehearsal, and much more! For great band teaching ideas, rehearsal tips and beginning band methods and games, visit Band Directors TalkShop.com!

Ways to Mix up your Large Ensemble Rehearsals

Ways to Mix up your Large Ensemble Rehearsals Sometimes you just need a change in your rehearsal. I have utilized...

Solutions for common flute problems can be found in this article. Improve your flute section with these great tips! Visit Band Directors Talk Shop for more great band director articles and ideas.

Solutions for Common Flute Problems

Looking for solutions for common flute problems? There are a couple of issues that often appear in flute sections which...

How to improve air support in beginning band students. Learn how to use pinwheels to make it happen! For more great band director ideas, visit BandDirectorsTalkShop.com. #banddirectorstalkshop

Give Pinwheels a Whirl

Beginning band students are tasked with learning and demonstrating many new skills in a short period of time. Proper air...

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Great article about teaching jazz band.! Tips and tricks for starting a middle school jazz band. For more great articles, visit Band Directors Talk Shop!

If You Build It,They Will Swing

If the first thing you do when starting your jazz band is pass out a few charts, I would like...

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How to Teach Four Mallet Grip

How to Teach Four Mallet Grip to your Percussionist Four mallet marimba playing is becoming increasingly prominent in the hands...

Teach your band students how to have intrinsic motivation. Helpful tips from an experienced band director! Visit Band Directors Talk Shop for more great band ideas!

Building Intrinsic Motivation in the Music Ensemble: Lighting a Fire in Kids

The interviewer looked at me and said, “What are you going to do to make sure your kids practice?” I’m...

How to start scale clubs for beginning band or concert band! A great motivational idea for motivating band students.

Scale Clubs

In the fall of 2000, I introduced the Vernon Band Scale Clubs to my students.  I printed out the major...

DO Sweat the Small Stuff: Full Band Ensemble Tips

DO Sweat the Small Stuff: Full Band Ensemble Tips As we all know, no band program is the same. We...

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Conserving Your Earsight

As musicians, our hearing is our most important tool. While some miraculously survive an entire career with acute hearing intact,...

Every Student Can Contribute: Behind-the-Scenes Opportunities

One of my goals is that every one of my students makes a positive contribution to the band program as...

Breathing Plan

What’s Your Breathing Plan?

Musicians often write about and discuss the importance of breathing in band performance. While some hold the position that a...

Tips on teaching intonation

Tips on Teaching Intonation (from 50+ Band Directors)

In our summer survey, we asked Band Directors Talk Shop readers “What is the best phrase, analogy or activity you’ve...

Happy Birthday Sousa!

Did you know that John Philip Sousa, “The March King” was born on November 6th? And Veteran’s Day is coming...

Troubleshooting flute tone

Troubleshooting Flute Tone

Struggling with producing a good tone on the flute can be frustrating for students of all levels. As a band...

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