Latest Posts

Patreon Now Live!

Thank you so much for your support so far!  I’ve really enjoyed creating each episode of Program Notes for all of your listeners out there.  In an attempt to handle some of the costs, I’ve set up a Patreon Page.  If you want to help me deliver more great episodes and tips for young band directors out there, head over to the page and take a look.

FEATURED

Episode 46: Perspectives with Mark Connor – Part 1

Mark J. Connor is a composer, conductor, and educator whose main focus is writing for concert band, with works appearing on several state lists. His band music has enjoyed performances at several state music educator conferences, including TMEA, and his music is published by RWS Music CompanyGrand Mesa Music, and Alry Publications. ​

He also hosts an amazing podcast (Everything Band). Join us for our discussion about his perspectives in going back into the band directing world.

Episode 45: Starting the (Middle School) Year Off Right – Part 3

The final part of our series with Brad and Misty Smith regarding getting off to a great start with your middle school students. I hope this has been a helpful series and that your year gets off to a fantastic start!

Episode 44: Starting The (Middle School) Year Off Right – Part 2

Join Brad and Misty Smith for Part 2 of our discussion of starting off the year successfully. This episode we digress into classroom management and the importance of communication.

Episode 43: Starting The (Middle School) Year Off Right – Part 1

Join Brad and Misty Smith, two amazing directors I’ve worked with off and on for years, as we all chat about how to get your year off to a great start.

Episode 42: Heterogeneous Beginners – Part 2 (featuring Erin Cole)

Part 2 of my discussion with Erin Cole about challenges and solutions for heterogeneous beginner instruction. Erin was the band director at Tapp Middle School in Cobb County, Georgia from 1995-2017 and was named “Teacher of the Year” in 2016. Her bands have had a national reputation for excellence, and she is currently a Conn-Selmer Senior Educational Consultant.

Episode 41: Heterogeneous Beginners Part 1 (Featuring Erin Cole)

Join us as Erin Cole and I discuss challenges and solutions for heterogeneous beginner instruction. Erin was the band director at Tapp Middle School in Cobb County, Georgia from 1995-2017 and was named “Teacher of the Year” in 2016. Her bands have had a national reputation for excellence, and she is currently a Conn-Selmer Senior Educational Consultant.

Episode 40: Recruitment and Retention – Part 2

This episode is a live recording of a clinic presented by Dr. Marta Frey-Clark and myself at TMEA 2019. In this presentation we discuss both general theories underlying recruitment and retention as well as specific strategies to help directors grow their programs.

I’ve included the handout below:

Episode 39: Recruitment and Retention – Part 1

This episode is a live recording of a clinic presented by Dr. Marta Frey-Clark and myself at TMEA 2019. In this presentation we discuss both general theories underlying recruitment and retention as well as specific strategies to help directors grow their programs.

I’ve included a pdf of the slides from this presentation below:

Episode 38: Dr. Tim – Part 2

Part 2 of our series with the incomparable Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser talking about becoming a successful band director. Dr. Tim is well known in music education for his expertise and uplifting attitude, and has been involved in a variety of successful publications, programs, and schools during his storied career.

Episode 37: Dr. Tim – Part 1

On this series we have the incomparable Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser to talk about becoming a successful band director. Dr. Tim is well known in music education for his expertise and uplifting attitude, and has been involved in a variety of successful publications, programs, and schools during his storied career.

Wordpress Social Share Plugin powered by Ultimatelysocial