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Contagious Engagement in Band

Ok, so this is a little off the wall. This article was inspired by a book that is not your...

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Holiday Practice Band Scavenger Hunt

It is the most anticipated and dreaded time of year for anyone teaching beginning band: Winter break.  The kids are...

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An Open Letter to Band Parents Regarding Step-Up Instruments

Dear Band Parent, Can we have a little chat? There’s something very important we should talk about. With all the...

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Preparing Your Non-Varsity Band for Spring Contest and Beyond

Looking forward to the spring semester the non-varsity band presents many unique challenges. What are your priorities?  Is success at the...

Start Talking About Summer Band Camp – NOW!

Having students attend a summer band camp is an invaluable experience for the child and a huge boost to your...

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I don’t just help kids make great music, I use music to help make great kids. (Free Image)

You ask, we deliver! We had requests for a downloadable PDF, so here it is! GreatMusicGreatKids (FREE) Click on the link...

Great American & Tuition Rewards

A Former Educators Testimonial! The SAGE Scholars Tuition Rewards Plan is one of the most revolutionary programs to come along...

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28 Things Band Directors Are Thankful For

Band directors are thankful for… 1. Principals that let us do our jobs 2. Stands that don’t wobble, flip over, or...

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Incorporating Creative Classroom Strategies Today!

When attending a Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser clinic, one quote that resonated deeply with me was “Criticize in private, praise in...

Instagram for Band…All the Cool Kids are Doing It

Instagram is probably going to be your most popular social media platform, especially among students. In just over a year...

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Clarinet Tips on 4 Important Topics

This article covers the topics of hand position, crossing the break, venting and voicing. Clarinet Tips on Hand Position Bad...

Trumpet Embouchure Basics

The trumpet embouchure is the source of much discussion and frustration among both teachers and students. While the principles that...

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“Out of the Box” Rhythm Exercises

It’s not uncommon for band directors to focus on counting with their students during their beginner year, then struggle to...

Famous Instrumental Artists

Famous Instrumental Artists (for Band Students)

Here’s a great list of famous instrumental artists to share with your students. It’s called the Interactive Artist List and...

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Teaching Students to Perform Their Best at Auditions

A major aspect of begin a musician is learning to perform for others. Being able to play an étude by...

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4 Tips to Help Beginner Tuba Players

Beginner tuba class can be one of the most challenging endeavors for both the teacher and students.  For a student...

10 Signs You Might Be A Band Director

1. You say “one more time” knowing that it is absolutely untrue. 2. You search in your purse to find...

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Chorales Chorales Chorales!

Chorales have long been a staple of band educators as a means to build a core ensemble sound. They improve...

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5 Things You Should Say to Your Band More Often

While these 5 statements should not be read word for word, the sentiments should be shared with your band. Often....

Effective Use of Clinicians and Mentors in Your Band Program

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