Posts by BandDirector

Teaching Rhythm Logically

Rhythm as a Fundamental We are all aware of the importance of the almighty Concert F. We understand the gravity...

The Band Puzzle

Motivate Your Band – The Band Puzzle

Share this story of the “Band Puzzle” with your students to help them understand how their individual piece fits into the...

A Systematic Approach to Improving Trumpet Tone Quality

Improving Trumpet Tone Quality: In order to produce a beautiful trumpet sound, the performer must have a thorough understanding of...

Start Your Beginner Flutes the Right Way

The flute can be an awkward instrument to hold and many students struggle to balance it properly. As band directors, you...

Promoting Musical Independence in Ensemble Teaching (TMEA Preview)

Promoting Musical Independence in Ensemble Teaching Secondary school music is dominated by the structure of the performing ensemble. This model...

4 Clarinet Hacks - Better Clarinets in 30 Seconds

4 Clarinet Hacks – Better Clarinets in 30 Seconds

Here are 4 clarinet hacks that can greatly increase your student’s comfort and chance of success. #1 Mouthpiece Patches I LOVE...

communication in band

It All Comes Down to Communication

Rehearsal time is very precious, and we directors want to make maximum use of that time in terms of efficiency...

band drop out

Teaching Band with Games – Drop Out Contests

A “Band Drop Out Contest” is a chance to have a spur of the moment contest that takes about 1...

low ses

So, I Teach Band at a Low SES School…Now What?

Build a Relationship The most important thing you can focus on when you teach band at a low SES (low...

Motivate Your Band – The Little Red Hen

Are you looking for a way to motivate your band and get every student to contribute equally to a goal?...

band music

Selecting Band Music for Contest – Specific Qualifications

These specifications can help you when you are selecting band music.  They are taken from Teaching Music through Performance in...

5 Ways to Get More Out of Your Region Band Clinic

Region band clinics are a wonderful opportunity for our students to grow as musicians, but don’t forget they are a...

TBA Archives – Teach Like Your Hair’s On Fire

The TBA Archives refer to the Texas Bandmasters Association archives of clinic handouts from past conventions.  Conventions are one of...

Band Seating Chart

Band Seating Chart in 3 Minutes (Free Template)

Band Seating Chart template is BELOW! If you’re looking for a simple solution to drawing out your band seating chart...

band music

Selecting Band Music for Contest – General Guidelines

When selecting band music for contest there are many things to consider.  These are three of the most important. 1....

Free Note Name ‘Video Game’ That Teaches, Reviews and Assesses

Would you love a note name ‘video game’ to use in your classes?  Are you looking for a way to...

Basson Tip

1 Bassoon Tip to Save Your Band Hundreds of Dollars

If you’ve never heard this bassoon tip, you’ll be amazed at how simple it is! Bassoon bocals are SO expensive...

Motivate Your Band – Reach Higher

Looking for ways to motivate your band?  This series – Motivate Your Band – will feature ideas that you can put into...

Private Lessons

7 Benefits of Private Lessons

One-on-one teaching is the most efficient way to help students excel.  Here are 7 benefits of private lessons to share with...

Switching Kids to 4 Valve Instruments – 3 Options to Consider

Switching Kids to 4 Valve Instruments – 3 Options to Consider

When switching kids to 4 valve instruments you should evaluate a number of factors. Here are 3 options to consider when planning...

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