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Practice Tips for the Modern Musician. Fore more great articles for band directors, visit BandDirectorsTalkShop.com. #banddirectorstalkshop

Use a Stopwatch, Not a Timer – Practice Tips for the Modern Musician Part 1

This is the first of 3 posts on “Practice Tips for the Modern Musician.” The link to Part 2 is...

A Note Before a Rest…

Have you ever heard a colleague use a phrase and thought “Yes! Those are the perfect words!” And from then on you...

Do you struggle to get your music students to play with the proper style? Do they learn the notes, but seem to have a hard time playing musically? If yes, this article is for you! Teach your students to play more musically by talking about style from the beginning! This is a great read for middle school band directors, choir teachers and orchestra directors. Great tips on teaching music style from a seasoned band director!

Teach Style First

Teach Style First We find ourselves in the thick of contest preparation already……..how time flies!  I am really quite busy...

Habits of a Successful Middle School Band Director

“Building the Band” Perhaps the most difficult aspect of building a successful band program is the actual “building” of the...

Music Mentors Make a Difference!1

Music Mentors Can Make a Difference!

Music mentors can make a difference. Whether you are a brand new band director or have been at it for...

Vive la Difference: The Uniqueness of the Horn

Hey, don’t point that at me! If one thinks of the famous solos from the standard repertoire written for the...

Great tips for teaching double reeds! A great article with pictures! Visit Band Directors Talk Shop for more great articles! #banddirectorstalkshop

Demystifying Double Reeds

The embouchure is an important fundamental concept to playing either the oboe or bassoon.  There are many similarities between a...

Band Substitute Plans

Band Substitute Lesson Plan (for a non-music sub)

Do you need a band substitute lesson plan for a general substitute to use?  All you need for this is...

Bassoon Eb

Bassoon Eb (Quick Tip)

When teaching the bassoon, it quickly becomes obvious that the third space E flat is a lousy note! It is...

Class 3 Solos

Middle School Solos – Tried & True Favorites

These recommendations are the top responses from a survey of 30+ very experienced band directors.  Be aware: some of the...

percussionist's grip

Three Quick Ways to Check Your Percussionist’s Grip From the Podium

The percussionist’s grip on sticks or mallets is as fundamental as the embouchure a wind player forms. The younger the...

Oops – Band Director Stress (BDS) Error

Are you suffering from Band Director Stress (BDS) Error? Feeling a little stressed out and need some humor?  Post this on...

Sheet Music

Free Metronome & Sheet Music

8 notes.com is a website worth looking at.  I have not even begun to scratch the surface of what is...

small school band

TBA Archives – Building Success in the Small School Band

If you’re at a small school or in a small town (or in a similar situation) this post is for you!...

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...

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