Posts by BandDirector

Teaching Brass Players to Love the Process of Tuning

Teaching young musicians to develop their sense of intonation can be a daunting task. Young brass players, especially, need to...

Three Tips for Improving Stopped Horn

Stopped horn is an extremely effective but sometimes misunderstood technique required for the horn. Stopped passages occur in every genre...

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F# On Mouthpiece & Barrel (Quick Tip)

Having a hard time getting your beginning clarinets to play good sounds and on pitch on the mouthpiece and barrel?...

Free Note Name Generator (You will LOVE this!)

Oh. My. Gosh. Did you know about this  note name generator tool? I didn’t until a few days ago. This...

Solving the Woodwind Puzzle: 5 Instruments, 3 Big Ideas

Woodwind Fingering Principles A few simple concepts about woodwind fingering can put the lion’s share of the confusion that The...

The Band Registry Fundraiser- Easy Fundraising Without Selling Anything

The Band Registry Fundraiser: Easy Fundraising Without Selling Anything

I’ve worked with several nonprofit organizations over the last few years. My most recent stint was with our local school...

DO Sweat the Small Stuff (Part 2) Beginning Brass & Percussion

Brass Have the students BUZZ Just have them buzz. Buzz sirens, buzz their method book songs, buzz their band songs,...

From Rhythm Pyramid to Rhythmic Reading

I’m guessing many of you use a rhythm pyramid. Great! It’s a nice visual that can help students see how...

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Boosting Up the Beginning Band Basics: Techniques for Developing High Student Engagement, Motivation and Accountability for Low Socio-Economic Students

Boosting up the Student-Teacher Relationship. Teaching students how to treat each other and how to treat adults should be always...

Maintenance Monday!

We all plan on making sure that our students do what they should to maintain their instruments correctly. However, it...

How to Not Drive Yourself Crazy as a Young Teacher

Over the course of the next few weeks, thousands of young band directors will begin their first days in a...

Effective Band Director Techniques for Teaching in Title I Schools

Beginning As a high school band director, I have taught in minority communities with students of low socioeconomic status. Poverty,...

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DO Sweat the Small Stuff – Beginning Woodwinds

After teaching for over 13 years, taking many student teachers, and working with new teachers as colleagues, I began reflecting...

great work-out during teacher inservice

How to Get in a Great Work-out During Teacher Inservice

Looking for a way to make your teacher inservice more engaging and productive? Try this! 🙂 Every time you hear...

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Helpful Horn Hints: Three Places to Oil French Horn Valves

Did you know that to properly oil a horn valve, you have to place oil in three places when you...

Music Store Aledo

Tips from a Local Music Store – Aledo, TX

If you take exit 420 south off I-20 between Weatherford and Ft. Worth, you will find the town of Aledo,...

Re-boot Camp: Setting Your Small Band Up for Big Success

All band programs go through highs and lows. These peaks and valleys are especially noticeable in small band programs, where...

Beginning of the Year Tips from 60+ Band Directors

In our summer survey, we asked Band Directors Talk Shop readers “What is one thing you recommend to help with...

Ice Breakers for Middle School (& High School)

3 Ice Breakers for Middle School (and High School) These 3 games were made up with middle school in mind,...

Band Luggage Tags

Band Luggage Tags – Why and How

Before getting into the “how to”, let’s consider 3 reasons “WHY” getting customized luggage tags on all your students’ cases...

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