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The 100 Gig Challenge: Extraordinary Engagement through Service Learning

A few years ago I challenged my students to a tall order: play 100 times (or more) collectively in chamber...

Listen with your Eyes: Identifying the Physical Roadblocks Behind Common Performance Issues

Picture this… The ensemble is focused; the students lock eyes with you as your preparatory beat rises. There is a...

tmea preview

TMEA Clinic Previews for Band 2018 – Ideas You Can Use TODAY!

The Texas Music Educators Association Convention 2018 is coming up soon.  If you’re attending, these articles give you a real...

Habits of a Significant Band Director

Habits of a Significant Band Director

Looking for some great tips from a Midwest clinic or want to see a preview of the clinic coming up...

The Most Important Thing I Learned as a Music Education Major (from 70+ band directors)

What’s the most helpful thing you learned during your music education classes in college or during student teaching? The Practical...

Idle Hands Are The Devil’s Workshop (in the percussion section)

Idle Hands Are The Devil’s Workshop (in the percussion section)

Close you eyes and imagine this…. You are conducting on the podium and you suddenly realize that you haven’t yelled...

score study

Make Your Mark: Steps Toward Efficient Score Study (Quick Tip)

“It is not often that a man can make opportunities for himself. But he can put himself in such shape...

full band rehearsal techniques

Ways to Mix up your Large Ensemble Rehearsals

Ways to Mix up your Large Ensemble Rehearsals Sometimes you just need a change in your rehearsal. I have utilized...

Solutions for common flute problems

Solutions for Common Flute Problems

Looking for solutions for common flute problems? There are a couple of issues that often appear in flute sections which...

How to improve air support in beginning band students. Learn how to use pinwheels to make it happen! For more great band director ideas, visit BandDirectorsTalkShop.com. #banddirectorstalkshop

Give Pinwheels a Whirl

Beginning band students are tasked with learning and demonstrating many new skills in a short period of time. Proper air...

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Great article about teaching jazz band.! Tips and tricks for starting a middle school jazz band. For more great articles, visit Band Directors Talk Shop!

If You Build It,They Will Swing

If the first thing you do when starting your jazz band is pass out a few charts, I would like...

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Free E-Book – Favorite Band Director Articles of 2017

ONLY AVAILABLE UNTIL JANUARY 15! Favorite Band Director Articles of 2017 covering a wide variety of topics So, we’re using...

4 mallet percussion grip, the Stevens technique

How to Teach Four Mallet Grip

How to Teach Four Mallet Grip to your Percussionist Four mallet marimba playing is becoming increasingly prominent in the hands...

intrinsic motivation

Building Intrinsic Motivation in the Music Ensemble: Lighting a Fire in Kids

The interviewer looked at me and said, “What are you going to do to make sure your kids practice?” I’m...

band student motivation

Scale Clubs

In the fall of 2000, I introduced the Vernon Band Scale Clubs to my students.  I printed out the major...

Full Band Ensemble Tips

DO Sweat the Small Stuff: Full Band Ensemble Tips

DO Sweat the Small Stuff: Full Band Ensemble Tips As we all know, no band program is the same. We...

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We noticed people have been searching for “Amazon” on our site and realized that means people are trying to click...

Hearing protection for band directors

Conserving Your Earsight

As musicians, our hearing is our most important tool. While some miraculously survive an entire career with acute hearing intact,...

Every Student Can Contribute: Behind-the-Scenes Opportunities

One of my goals is that every one of my students makes a positive contribution to the band program as...

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