© 2019 by Wendy Higdon

Chris Grifa Music

 

Check out the webpage for my colleague and former co-director at Creekside Middle School! 

SmartMusic Blog

I'm a SmartMusic user!  Check out their blog for ideas on how to use SmartMusic in your school.

 

Click here to read about our road to The Midwest Clinic and how SmartMusic helped us get there!

 

Click here to see a video of our band students discussing SmartMusic.

 

Books I Love
 

On Teaching Band:  Notes from Eddie Green- Mary Ellen Cavitt
     If you only read one book, this is the one!  So many great 
     ideas here.  This book transformed my teaching!

 

Tuning for Wind Instruments: A Roadmap to Successful Intonation - Shelley Jagow

     This is the ultimate resourse on intonation!  The charts for
     each instrument are amazing.

 

The Talent Code - Daniel Coyle
     Great information on how talent is "grown."  While not
     specific to musical talent, its content is highly applicable to the
     classroom.  Also check out Daniel's companion book,
     The Little Book of Talent. 

 

Teaching Music through Performance in Middle School Band - ed. Richard Miles
     Chapters by leading middle school band directors about all the
     issues we deal with that are unique to middle school band as
     well as reviews of great band literature grades 1-3.5 (I'm
     honored to have been interviewed for Chip DeStefano's
     chapter on Recruitment!)

 

Pathways (A Guide For Energizing And Enriching Band, Orchestra And Choral Programs) - Joseph Alsobrook
     Lots of practical ideas here!

 

 

    

 


 

Links & Things

National Association of Music Parents

If you or your parents are members, you can find my webinar (with Chris Grifa) titled Practice Myths and Practice Truths in the archive from September 2013. 

Who am I?

Learn a little about me and my band program in this Director Spotlight interview done by Paige's Music in January 2017