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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...

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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...

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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,...

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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...

Organizing Paperwork at the Beginning of the Year

Back to school is coming quickly and with it comes the annual paperwork round-up.   While we would like to move...

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Beginning Oboe – The First Sound

Before the First Lesson Make sure that you carefully review the first pages of the method book to help reinforce...

Band Director's back-to-school-checklist

FREE Band Director’s Back-to-School Checklist

Wouldn’t it be great if you had a comprehensive checklist so you don’t forget one of the many important back-to-school...

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Teachers Pay Teachers Store Grand Opening!

Grand Opening is over, but you can still grab a few freebies! See below… NEW freebie this week! Woohoo! We’re...

ONE Thing That Improved Student Performance in Band (well, really 64 things…)

In our summer survey, we asked Band Directors Talk Shop readers “What is one thing you did last year that...

Band Hall Bulletin Board Printables

Band Hall Bulletin Board Printables

Looking for great band hall bulletin board posters and signs? Here are some ideas… First of all, we have a...

Helpful Horn Hints: How to String a French Horn Valve

I know stringing a horn valve may seem very intimidating to a non-horn player, but it is really quite easy....

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...

Patriotic Mystery Tunes

July 4th is our Independence Day here in America. Let’s play a game… Do you know what song this is?...

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