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Do a Band Faculty Book Study! On Teaching Band: Notes from Eddie Green

​ If you are fortunate enough to work in a school district where there are other band directors (or even if you don't), I encourage you to do a book study together! This is a great way to grow professionally. Even more, it provides an opportunity for your staff to develop a shared vision and philosophy regarding your teaching approach. In my school, I am fortunate to work with a colleague who shares responsibility for the band program with me. (Check out his blog at www.chrisgrifamusic.com.) Our teaming approach works so well because we are on the same page when it comes to our teaching philosophy. But that didn't happen on its own. It is the result of many, many discussions over seve

Teaching Clarinet: Introducing Articulation

For the fifth and final post in this series, I will be focusing on my method for introducing articulation to beginning clarinetists. (The process for saxophone is similar.) While the previous posts discussed the first four lessons in chronological order, it is worth noting that I typically do not introduce articulation on day five. In a typical year, introduction of articulation for my clarinet students would happen around the eighth or ninth lesson. Here's why. . . How many of us have started our young single reed students out in the tonguing process to find that as soon as we do, everything else we have taught regarding embouchure and breathing flies out the window? Our flute and brass

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