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Episode 49: Robert Selaiden – Part 1

In this episode Robert Selaiden, incredible band director at Leander High School, shares what he wishes he knew earlier in his career.

Episode 48: Perspectives with Mark Connor – Part 3

The final part in our series with Mark Connor (composer, music educator, and podcaster extraordinaire). In this episode we talk recruiting, changing instruments, and other fun aspects of the band director life.

Episode 47: Perspectives with Mark Connor – Part 2

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 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:

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