It's spring, and while most people are anticipating warmer weather, if you're a band or orchestra director, your thoughts might be more focused on growing your program, rather than on the growing flowers.
That's right. Spring is the season for recruitment for many of us. What can you do to get more students involved? Read on!
1. Captivate students with kid-friendly activities.
Today's student has a wide range of choices in activities. A message tailored specificall
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 ma
It's Day Four of Beginning Clarinet Class! Today, the students will be doing lots of review and continued development of skills learned in the previous three days as well as adding in a few new things. The students took their instruments home for the first time yesterday, so I am anxious to hear how things went. I always start this particular lesson by asking a few questions. 1. How many of you played your clarinet at home yesterday? 2. How many of you got better? 3. Did
In June, I teach a three week summer band class for beginning students along with my colleagues. We teach Summer Band as an entire district with teachers and students from all three middle schools coming together for the camp. There are many benefits to this arrangement, but one of the things that I love most is that the directors, for the most part, get to teach their instrument specialties. This arrangement makes for very detailed, specialized instruction for all the stu