August 30, 2015


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  Our teaming approach works so well...

August 9, 2015

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 t...

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