Build a Relationship The most important thing you can focus on when you teach band at a low SES (low socioeconomic status) school, is developing a relationship with your students. I know, as teachers, we hear the “develop a rapport” speech too often. I, too, have rolled my eyes when the principal ... Read More about So, I Teach Band at a Low SES School…Now What?
Are you looking for a way to motivate your band and get every student to contribute equally to a goal? Read this classic folktale to your band (or summarize it for them) and then share the application at the end: Once upon a time there was a little red hen. She lived on a farm with her three ... Read More about Motivate Your Band – The Little Red Hen
These specifications can help you when you are selecting band music. They are taken from Teaching Music through Performance in Beginning Band by Bruce Pearson. I highly recommend this series of books as a reference when choosing band music. The Grade 1 & 2 described below are publisher ... Read More about Selecting Band Music for Contest – Specific Qualifications
Region band clinics are a wonderful opportunity for our students to grow as musicians, but don’t forget they are a great place for you to grow as a director as well. Here are some ideas for how to get more out of your region band clinic. Sit in on the rehearsals and take notes. Normally as ... Read More about 5 Ways to Get More Out of Your Region Band Clinic
The TBA Archives refer to the Texas Bandmasters Association archives of clinic handouts from past conventions. Conventions are one of the best ways to learn new things, spark new ideas, ask questions and be inspired. The only problem is all of that new knowledge is thrown at us in about a 48 hour ... Read More about TBA Archives – Teach Like Your Hair’s On Fire
Band Seating Chart template is BELOW! If you’re looking for a simple solution to drawing out your band seating chart to give to a stage crew or contest host, this site is very easy. It took me less that 3 minutes to enter a chart from scratch and print it. And best of all it’s free! This is ... Read More about Band Seating Chart in 3 Minutes (Free Template)