Posts by BandDirector

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 –...

recruit more tuba players

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...

Contagious Engagement in Band

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

band scavenger hunt

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...

step-up instruments

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...

non-varsity band

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...

I don't just help kids make great music, I use music to help make great kids.

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

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Great American & Tuition Rewards

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

band directors are thankful for

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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