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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.

Episode 36 – Sight-reading Contest/Competition Tips

In this episode I discuss tips and tricks for a successful sight-reading contest/competition experience.

Episode 35: Supplementary Materials – Part 4

In this final episode in the series, Darcy Williams (of After Sectionals fame) talks about teaching rhythm logically and the importance of reaching out to other skilled teachers.

If you are an iTunes listener, grab the episode with the link above (iTunes links are affiliate links, which means if you buy something on iTunes I get a small commission – at no extra cost to you).

Episode 33: Supplementary Materials – Part 3

In this episode Darcy Williams continues telling us about brass approaches and how to actually create your own supplementary materials.

If you are an iTunes listener, grab the episode with the link above (iTunes links are affiliate links, which means if you buy something on iTunes I get a small commission – at no extra cost to you).

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