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4 Band Activities for May 4th (May the Fourth Be With You)

4 Band Activities for May 4th (May the Fourth Be With You)

1. Teach your students about the interval of a fourth. Give them a simple pattern of fourths to play. Also have...

YouTube Finds – Brass

These clips (solos/ensembles) were found with the goal of inspiring students. Some are videos the most famous players around, some...

Concert Evaluations – Better Assessment of Concert Attendance & Performance

As trends in education change, so do expectations. The biggest, and for some the trickiest, expectation is for teachers to completely...

Band Director Tricks of the Trade

Several years ago, the middle school band directors in our state decided to get together and share teaching tips and...

YouTube Finds Woodwinds

YouTube Finds – Woodwinds

These clips (solos/ensembles) were found with the goal of inspiring students. Some are videos the most famous players around, some...

The Power of thank you notes

The Power of Thank You Notes

Do you remember when you learned “it’s the thought that counts?” Probably when Aunt Mertyl gave you a crocheted scarf...

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Complete List of Summer Band Camps (United States)

This list is still under construction – we are still researching and compiling this summer band camps list and we...

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Creating Positive, Peer-Led Section Rehearsal Attendance Accountability in a low-SES school

If you have read my previous article on strategies to increase student attendance for before and after school events, then...

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Business Partnerships with BandDirectorsTalkShop.com

Due to explosive growth at BandDirectorsTalkShop.com, we are currently looking for new business partners. The readership of this site has...

4 Ways Tape Can Help Your Beginning Percussionists

4 Ways Tape Can Help Your Beginning Percussionists

When working with my beginning percussionists during the first days of school, I like to introduce my students to a...

How we Helped 98% of our Title One Students Stay Eligible

How We Helped 98% of Our Title One Students Stay Eligible

If you’re reading this post, you probably teach in a Title One system and understand the challenges. Most of our...

Emergency Instrument Repair Kit (Top Items to Include)

What items should you include in an emergency instrument repair kit when you take your band off-campus? First and foremost,...

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The Importance of Playing Duets (TBA Archives)

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

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Beginner Band Substitute Lesson Plan (for a Non-Music Sub)

This NEW (2017) lesson plan is written with beginner band students in mind and uses short, 2-5 minute videos from...

How To NOT Get Overwhelmed by Social Media

Get your band on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram – There certainly are a lot of options out there, and it’s easy...

14 Things to NEVER Say to Your Band Director:

14 things to NEVER say to your band director: Are we playing today? But it’s easier for me to finger...

Improving Section Rehearsal & Concert Attendance at a Title One School (1)

Improving Section Rehearsal & Concert Attendance at a Title One School

In my years of teaching in Title One Schools with a high range of diversity, I have found one of...

Music Theory Match-Up Games

This game can be used as a review for: Note Names Rhythms Musical Symbols Mystery Songs (inner hearing) Anything you...

Storing School Instruments Correctly (to avoid extra repair costs) (1)

Storing School Instruments Correctly (to avoid costly repairs)

Storing School Instruments  Do you know how to keep your school instruments in working order during long term storage? Here...

Motivation, Innovation & Differentiation in Your Beginning Band

As a beginning band director, I fully understand the immense responsibility I have to instruct, nurture, motivate and inspire my...

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