Posts by BandDirector

Note Starts

Note Starts “Try This Quick Tip…”

Note starts can be a source of frustration in both beginning classes and ensembles, especially with younger groups. A common...

Beginning Band Super Bowl

Beginning Band Super Bowl

Use Beginning Band Super Bowl to take advantage of all the Super Bowl hype right now.  Take these ideas and adjust...

Don't Have a private lesson program

Don’t Have A Private Lesson Program? 11 Ideas for You!

If you don’t have a private lesson program for your band, your students can still be wildly successful!  Here are some...

Color in the Band Room

Color in the Bandroom

For a long time, I underestimated the effect color could have on my students and their ability to read and...

The Rhythm Envelope Game - What a fun way to review rhythm!

Rhythm Envelope Game – Teaching Beginning Band with Games

The rhythm envelope game is a great way to review rhythms in a totally different way.  We usually focus on having...

Should you be practicing right now?

Should You Be Practicing Right Now? (Free Image)

Click on the picture to enlarge this “Should you be practicing right now?” image. If you would like a FREE...

How Using Lanyards Can Help You Listen to Every Student in Beginning Band

Teaching beginner instrument classes is simultaneously rewarding and overwhelming. We all know that we should be hearing our students play...

Developing a Jazz Program- Strategies and Solutions

Developing a Jazz Program: Strategies and Solutions

My experience as a high school band director and clinician has shown me that teachers often avoid topics such as...

switching kids to 4 valve

It’s a Tuba Thing

Dr. Roeder’s full handout is now available for free here… Its a Tuba Thing  Effectively teaching tuba players and general tuba pedagogy...

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...

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