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playing duets

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...

beginning band substitute plan

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...

Small Band Programs

Small Band Programs: Strategies for Success

So, it’s almost UIL contest time. You have that perfect piece in mind with four horn parts, but your band...

Successful Fundraisers

Tips for Efficient and Successful Fundraisers

Great American Opportunities (GAO) Texas Reps are looking forward to seeing EVERYONE at TMEA in San Antonio, February 9 –...

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5 Steps to Recruit More Tuba Players

We all “know” that the quality of our concert bands is first and foremost dependent on our tuba players. It...

Conducting: The Three Fundamental Test

The First Fundamental – Does it help the ensemble? I often think conductors should be administered the Hippocratic Oath before...

The Non-Bassoonist's Guide to Equipment

The Non-Bassoonist’s Guide to Equipment

A common issue that I have observed among many band directors at both middle and high school levels is their...

Explore, Expand and Energize the Flute Section!

Often the most energetic students in the band, flutists respond to challenges with enthusiasm and creativity, so consider these tips...

10 New Year’s Resolutions for Band Directors

2017 is just around the corner, so here are 10 New Year’s resolutions for band directors just in case you...

low brass pitch

Dive Bombs: Better Low Brass Pitch Through Better Sound

This article was submitted as a part of the TMEA 2017 Preview Series. See the end of the article for...

Holiday Mystery Tunes

Holiday Mystery Tune Game! Try to figure it out first. Then, scroll down to find the tune you are looking...

beginning flute hacks

4 Flute Hacks to Develop GOOD Habits

Here are some quick, easy, and inexpensive tips that make teaching beginning flute so much easier. 1. Nail Polish for...

If I Knew Then What I Know Now…

We all have said, “If I had it to do over…,” and followed that with a litany of what we...

Getting the Most from Your Double Reeds in the Concert Band

Concert bands have a warm, full sound with vast a dynamic range. But fitting the double reed instruments into that...