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8 Things To Do This Summer To Be A Better Band Director Next Year

1. REST! Band directors give 100% to their students every day. And a band director’s “summer” is certainly not as...

Professional Development for Band Directors (self-study)

Ah, professional development for band directors. Wouldn’t it be nice if your “self-study” professional had to do with music? And,...

How to Find Grants for Your Band

How to Find Grants for Your Band

Getting funding for special projects doesn’t have to require long-term fundraising efforts or hosting a fundraising event. Here are some...

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Memorial Day Mystery Song

Do you know what song this is? Composed by John Philip Sousa . . . who is known as “The...

9 Things to Say Instead of “That’s Hard”

Although there’s nothing wrong with giving students “hard” assignments, students often use the phrase “That’s hard” as an alternative to...

32 Reasons Band Directors are Counting Down the Last Days of School

Fidget spinners! Endless “I need another copy of …..” Brass instruments baths. Being up close and personal with that many...

Supply Kit for Band Trips and Off-Campus Performances

Do you have a supply kit for band trips? Caring for our students while off campus is a huge responsibility....

4 Band Activities for May 4th (May the Fourth Be With You)

4 Band Activities for May 4th (May the Fourth Be With You)

1. Teach your students about the interval of a fourth. Give them a simple pattern of fourths to play. Also have...

YouTube Finds – Brass

These clips (solos/ensembles) were found with the goal of inspiring students. Some are videos the most famous players around, some...

End of Year Survival Guide (1)

End of Year Survival Guide for Band Directors

ONLY AVAILABLE UNTIL MAY 15! Over 30 great ideas to keep students engaged and make the most of the end of the...

Concert Evaluations – Better Assessment of Concert Attendance & Performance

As trends in education change, so do expectations. The biggest, and for some the trickiest, expectation is for teachers to completely...

Band Director Tricks of the Trade

Several years ago, the middle school band directors in our state decided to get together and share teaching tips and...

YouTube Finds Woodwinds

YouTube Finds – Woodwinds

These clips (solos/ensembles) were found with the goal of inspiring students. Some are videos the most famous players around, some...

The Power of thank you notes

The Power of Thank You Notes

Do you remember when you learned “it’s the thought that counts?” Probably when Aunt Mertyl gave you a crocheted scarf...

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Complete List of Summer Band Camps (United States)

This list is still under construction – we are still researching and compiling this summer band camps list and we...

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Creating Positive, Peer-Led Section Rehearsal Attendance Accountability in a low-SES school

If you have read my previous article on strategies to increase student attendance for before and after school events, then...

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Business Partnerships with BandDirectorsTalkShop.com

Due to explosive growth at BandDirectorsTalkShop.com, we are currently looking for new business partners. The readership of this site has...

4 Ways Tape Can Help Your Beginning Percussionists

4 Ways Tape Can Help Your Beginning Percussionists

When working with my beginning percussionists during the first days of school, I like to introduce my students to a...

How we Helped 98% of our Title One Students Stay Eligible

How We Helped 98% of Our Title One Students Stay Eligible

If you’re reading this post, you probably teach in a Title One system and understand the challenges. Most of our...

Emergency Instrument Repair Kit (Top Items to Include)

What items should you include in an emergency instrument repair kit when you take your band off-campus? First and foremost,...