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Episode 68: Successful Differentiation In The Music Classroom

Many of us have learned to differentiate for special needs students, but did you know gifted students also need differentiation? In this episode, experienced music educator and music supervisor Samantha Davis shares a few strategies for differentiation.

Does this whet your appetite for more? Earn college credit and learn more this summer when Samantha teaches a 4-day seminar of the same title. Find out more and register HERE for the course at Colorado College.

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Episode 67: 5 Tips For A More Efficient Rehearsal 

Have you ever felt like you stunk as a teacher? I have 18 years experience and recently I felt this way. One of my colleagues came for a visit. He gave me some tips afterwards and pointed out some things that I should know better about! I was embarrassed (but glad he pointed these things out).


I took a good look in the mirror and immediately implemented some changes. Rehearsals have been more efficient and productive. These were things I knew - I had even implemented them and taught others to - but I had let things slide gradually.

Hope this reminder helps you as much as it has me. 

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Episode 66: The Joy of Teaching in a Rural School 2; Interview with Karen Gregg

Where can three degrees in bassoon performance take you? Sometimes to exciting and unexpected places like teaching music in a rural public school. Join me as I have a conversation with Karen Gregg about the joy of teaching in a rural school, where Karen has a ton of community involvement, more flexibility, gets to know her students and has 40-45% of students in band.

 

Also check out Episode 41: The Joy of Teaching in a Rural School; interview with Kevin Beaber.

 

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Episode 65: How To Properly Use Festival Warmup Time

When I was a young director, I thought the thirty minutes they gave us to warm up was too long. I just didn't know what to do. Now I fill those thirty minutes quickly and wish I had more. I share my warm up process for festival and for most days in band.

Link to the Breathing Gym Materials

Link to Function Chorales by Stephen Melillo

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Episode 64 - Interview with Jane Church

Have you taught for 30 years or have you taught your first year 30 times? There is a difference! Jane and I discuss the importance of longevity in a band program and how you can stay fresh in a 30 year career.

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Episode 63: 11 Ways To Lose A Band Student (and 11 Ways To Keep them)

It's the little things that make the difference. In this podcast I share 11 things we sometimes do (or fail to do) that cause us to lose a student.


We often get the music right, but fail at the relationship. Incorporate these ideas and you will find yourself keeping more of your students. 

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Episode 62: What To Do If You Don't Have A Bass Player For Jazz Band

A Bass Player and Percussionist are absolutely essential to making a jazz band or combo sound good. You can make almost any combination of instruments work. There are good percussionists almost everywhere, but what do you do if you don't have a bass player?


In this podcast I share several strategies for obtaining a decent bass player.

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Episode 61: Get organized and save TIME

Would you believe me if I told you my work area is clean and clutter free? What if I told you it was easy (it's not)?

Putting in some time on the front end to get your work area organized can save you precious time later, giving you more time to devote to what you really love...teaching music.

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Episode 60: Proper Eating and Fitness for the Band Director

If you're like me, you have often struggled with eating properly while teaching. 

About 10 years ago, I weighed 30 pounds more than I do right now. Did the two packages of M&Ms every day have anything to do with it?

In this episode, I share tips that helped me maintain my weight, which enables me to be a better band teacher. Also check out the MyFitnessPal app (it's free) and for some healthy recipes, check out www.tasteofdivine.com

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Episode 59 - Tips For Teaching Jazz Band

In this podcast, I share tips and strategies for teaching jazz band, from how to balance your rhythm section, how to add a bass player, and what length wind players should play their notes.

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Episode 58 - 4 Important Things To Say To Your Students (Or Anyone) 

Our words have power! In this podcast, I share four powerful things we can say to our students that will lift them up (and a few words to avoid).

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Episode 57: 5 Free Things You Can Do Today To Improve Your Class

5 Ideas you can implement today for NO cost that will dramatically improve the climate of your classroom. Try them.

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Episode 35: You CAN Constitutionally Have a Christmas Concert in a Public School

Are schools allowed to have Christmas concerts? Can you wish your students "Merry Christmas?" Can one put up a nativity scene or Christmas tree on public property? These are all questions answered in today's podcast.

You might also check out Episode 10, Why I Don't Do Christmas Concerts.

Download a copy of the letter I received from my principal that gives some of the references for why these things are allowed.

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Episode 56: Stop Comparing!

(I've been away for a few weeks...end of marching season).

It's easy to fall into the trap of comparing what you do with what other band directors are doing. Are you doing that? Take Newhart's advice...Just Stop It!

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Episode 55: Why Marching Band Is Needed Now More Than Ever

When I started at my current school, I was determined NOT to have a Marching Band. My mentor convinced me otherwise. Listen as I share three reasons why Marching Band Is Needed Now More Than Ever.

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Episode 54: Interview with Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser on Student Leadership

Did you know 10% of students are good leaders, 80% are followers and 10% are negative leaders? Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser and I discuss this and other important topics centered around student leadership, something he is very passionate about. Find out more about Dr. Tim:

Attitude Concepts for Today

Music for All

Tim's book, "The Art of Successful Teaching"

Tim's book, "The Joy of Inspired Teaching"

 

 

 

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Episode 53: Throw Practice Sheets in the Trash

Why you should throw practice sheets away and aim for a systematic, progressive test of skills for your music students.

Also check out Episode 37, where I interview Dr. Dwight Satterwhite, who over four decades created what he calls The Power in the Progress System.

 

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Episode 52: How To Start A Booster Organization


Tips for starting your own band booster organization, and avoid the HUGE mistake I made!

Falcon HS Band Booster Bylaws

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Episode 51: 8 Reasons Band Students Quit

...And What You Can Do About It

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Episode 50: Interview with Julie Novak; Tips for teaching students with aural/visual challenges

On today's podcast, I interview my friend and colleague Julie Novak, who teaches music at The Colorado School for the Deaf and Blind. She shares tips on what you can do as a band director if you have students who are visually or aurally challenged.

Links
Ohio State School for the Blind Marching Band Program

About Music for Braille

Music to Braille Software

American Music Therapy Association

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Episode 49: What to do the last few weeks of school

Busy, Busy, Busy, (but a good busy)...that describes these last few weeks for me and why I missed two weeks of the podcast. I used tip #1 myself in these 7 tips for what to do (and not to do) the last few weeks of band class.

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Episode 48: 5 Tips For Communicating With Parents

Some people dread having to call parents. It doesn't have to be that way. Here are five tips that will help you communicate with your band parents more effectively. I'll also share my guarantee at the end that has virtually eliminated angry parents.

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Episode 47: How to start a marching band

When I first started teaching at the high school level, I was afraid of starting a marching band. Many of my colleagues were suffering from burnout due to marching band.

My wise mentor, Dr. Ed Cannava, encouraged me to go for it. He reminded me I was the one in control of the schedule.

Starting a marching band was one of the best things I did for my program. Get some tips and advice on the show.

Link to store where you can have shirts made

 

Link to used marching band uniforms

 

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Episode 46: Pick Your Battles; interview with Dr. Matt Talbert

Dr. Matt Talbert of Berea College shares insights on teaching, especially which battles are worth fighting. Should directors place emphasis on posture, long tones, fundamentals, and why.

Berea college is one of about 6 work colleges that don't charge tuition. Find out more about the music program at Berea HERE.

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Episode 45: Interview with Jared Cassedy, Grammy Music Educator of the Year

Sometimes we are too hard on ourselves, and Jared is no exception. Hear about some of his journey as a teacher and leading up to his winning the Grammy Music Educator of the Year award.

Find out why some people call him The Energizer Bunny.

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Episode 44: A quick tip that will save you precious rehearsal time

Today's podcast is short and to the point. Create a rhythm sheet to save precious rehearsal time.

Sample Carnival of the Animals Worksheet score

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Episode 43: Is Lack of Forgiveness Affecting Your Teaching?

In this episode, James shares a very personal story of seeing abuse and being abused and how this affected his teaching. His Forgiveness Journey helped him be a better teacher. Listen for the free book offer in the podcast.

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Episode 42: 5 Tips To Stop The Cycle of Perfectionism

In the music field, we are all striving for perfectionism...it's what makes us good at what we do. However, if we aren't careful, we can make this an all-consuming cycle that drags us down physically and emotionally. Five tips to help you not to succumb.

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Episode 41: The Joy of Teaching in a Rural School; interview with Kevin Beaber

- Kevin Beaber teaches band, choir and guitar in Crowley County, Colorado. He has been in rural schools for his entire three decade career.

- Not only does Kevin love teaching in a rural area, he is part of national organizations; in fact he's currently President of American School Band Director's Association. You can get free resources at their site, like a guide for Administrator's who are evaluating music teachers.

- Have a question about teaching in a rural area? Kevin would like to hear from you. Email Kevin.

- Link to the Hands on Training series (HOTS) Guitar Curriculum discussed on the show

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Episode 40: A composer who has created tools that will help YOU! Interview with Stephen Melillo.

- Stephen has 1,114 compositions (and counting) to his credit. He's not only a composer but a music educator too with 17 years of full time teaching experience.

www.stormworld.com

- One of his tools, and one I have been using for over a year, is his Function Chorales. These are composed using numbers rather than written music so they can be played in any key. You can find a free sample on the site.

- A tool I just recently purchased and am looking forward to using is Scaleworks.

- There are a lot of free tools and music available. Try out the free stuff and then purchase something to help your students and to enable more great materials to be created. 

- Tools like the Function Chorales are really affordable and Stephen gives you license to make as many copies as you need for the program they are purchased for.

- You can read more about Stormworks and Stephen Melillo HERE. There are a ton of resources and teaching on his site.

- www.stormworld.com

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Episode 39: Classroom Structure and Management for Band

Classroom Discipline is the wrong way to describe what we do. Over 95% of discipline problems are resolved BEFORE they occur by having the right structure.

- In this episode we talk about four specific strategies that you can incorporate today to improve your band class, and none of them have anything to do with music.

- Buy Harry Wong's The First Days of School on Amazon.

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Episode 38: Trey Reely shares his 30 years experience as a Music Educator AND writer

Please excuse my shaky voice in this interview. I am fully recovered from being sick (except for my voice).

You may have read Trey's column in The Instrumentalist, "Life of Reely", where he shares funny stories from his music ed experiences.

Trey is in the trenches everyday just like you and me, and he's also a writer. Find out about the persistence it took for him to get into writing and his biggest triumph and biggest mistake as a teacher.

Get all of Trey's books HERE. I just ordered one of each! You can also check him out at GIA publications.

Trey is available as a speaker/clinician at your state conference, for your students or other events. You can reach him HERE

 

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Episode 37: What is the Power in the Progress System; interview with Dr. Dwight Satterwhite

Please excuse my shaky voice in this interview. I am fully recovered from being sick (except for my voice).

Do you teach at a school where hardly anyone takes private lessons? Have you ever wished there was a formalized progressive music evaluation tool that increases musical achievement and is adaptable to your band? You need to check out The Power in the Progress.

My guest today- Dr. Dwight Satterwhite - has taught for 48 years! He "retired" from the University of Georgia, but is still active in music education. He developed The Power in the Progress System through all those years.

It's proven. It's tested. It works! I started using it in October of 2013 and have seen increased achievement in my band students.

Reach Dr. Satterwhite HERE and get started with a free trial version of the program today.

www.Power-Progress-System.com

 

 

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Episode 36: Interview with composer Steven L. Rosenhaus

I had a chance to meet Steven at the Colorado ASTA Conference this summer. He is a very interesting composer and teacher who currently serves as an Adjunct Assistant Professor at New York University.

In this podcast, Steven and I have a conversation about some of the following topics:

- Why writing the ending (and beginning) of a song is difficult

- Why he wishes he would have earned his doctorate sooner

- The importance of the 31st Proverb in a marriage (and in composition)

- Why "waiting to be inspired" is a myth

- AND MORE

Download a catalog of Steven's music HERE. Contact Steven for a commission or guest appearance HERE. Listen to clips on SoundCloud. Purchase his arrangements at Ludwig Masters. Purchase his CD on CD Baby. Meet him at the Ludwig Master's booth at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic. Connect with Steven on Facebook.

 

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Episode 35: You CAN Constitutionally Have a Christmas Concert in a Public School

Are schools allowed to have Christmas concerts? Can you wish your students "Merry Christmas?" Can one put up a nativity scene or Christmas tree on public property? These are all questions answered in today's podcast.

You might also check out Episode 10, Why I Don't Do Christmas Concerts.

Download a copy of the letter I received from my principal that gives some of the references for why these things are allowed.

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Episode 34: You CAN be a music educator and a composer; interview with Travis J. Weller.

Join me as I interview Travis J Weller. Travis is a middle/high school band director AND a composer. In this interview we talk about a lot of things, including Travis' biggest mistake and biggest triumph. He has been at his school almost 20 years!

What does Michael Jordan have to do with music education? How important is it to obtain a master's and doctorate degrees? How Brian Balmages - another composer - influenced Travis, and how he was influenced by Beethoven too. You don't want to miss three pieces of advice for those interested in composing. You may be surprised!

Check out Travis' website or follow him on twitter @travisjweller. You can also order his music on JW Pepper.

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Episode 33: You CAN teach guitar and orchestra

Have you been offered a job teaching band but it includes a guitar and orchestra class? Do you feel unqualified to teach the class? I did too! Listen to the podcast and learn how you can teach guitar and orchestra and how I came to enjoy it. I am in my tenth year of teaching those classes.

The Guitar Manufacturing Association sponsors several Teaching Guitar Workshops all across the country. The one week workshop is a great hands on experience that will get you started.

I also joined the American String Teacher's Association and the Colorado chapter of ASTA. I met many helpful people through that organization and had the chance to take classes like "Violin Boot Camp."

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Episode 32: Interview with Scott McKee: Info about a master's degree, Part 2.

The learning one obtains as part of a master's program can be so important. Scott McKee's father Max McKee developed the American Band College program (known by many as ABC) many years ago. In addition to an affordable master's degree, ABC offers many resources to help band directors. The 3 year master's features 25 faculty each year - names such as Doc Severinsen and Eugene Rousseau - so students experience 75 teachers in their three years. Find the resources and more info about the program at www.bandworld.org

 

 

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Episode 31: Interview with Dr. James South: Info about a master's degree, Part 1.

The learning one obtains as part of a master's program can be so important. Dr. South was one of my professors at Southwestern Oklahoma State University, where I obtained my master's at a very low price. Find out more about SWOSU's three summer master's degree, contact Dr. Keith Talley. 

 

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Episode 30: Interview with Dr. Steve Ambrose, my HS director 

Dr. Steve Ambrose took a band program from 19 students to over 100, then became head of music in a large district. Find out his biggest regret and greatest triumph. Invite Steve to clinic or guest conduct your next event. Find him at www.2forfunband.com and www.billdealsband.com

 

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Episode 29: Start A Band Website

You too can start a band website for your school band. Can you create documents in Word with photos and formatting? Then you have the skills to create a website. I recommend HOST BABY. Also check out my band website at www.falconhsband.com. I also maintain two personal websites at www.divinemusic.com and www.jazzysaxman.com.  

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Episode 28: Tips for Obtaining Balanced Instrumentation

Do you wish you had more tubas and low brass? Do you have an abundance of flutes and no clarinets? In this episode, I share some tips on how you can obtain better instrumentation in your bands.

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Episode 27: You can learn a lot from a dummy

Do you remember the car crash dummy commercials? The car industry learned a lot by studying those guys. You too can learn a lot from the "dummies" in your own life.

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Episode 26: Ten Tips To Help You Burn Out As A Band Teacher

James shares 10 tongue in cheek ways to help you burn-out as a band teacher. Do the OPPOSITE of these to avoid burn-out.

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Episode 25: You snatched the love of music from my child

We all get negative responses from parents at times. Because we care, we sometimes are too hard on ourselves when this happens. James shares some of his experiences and how you can prevent most - but not all - instances of angry parents.

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Episode 24: Why You Should Have A Bake Sale

A bake sale can be easily organized and can earn money for your band, and it's pretty easy!

Bake Sale Checklist

Square, for taking payment on a phone/iPad 

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Episode 23: Eight Tips For Reclaiming Your Time

Eight tips - if implemented - that could save you 5-10 hours each week with little effort.

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The Music Ed Podcast - Episode 22 - 10 Tips For A Better Concert

You get 10 quick and easy tips to make your concert more successful.

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The Music Ed Podcast - Episode 21 - Band Travel 101, Interview with author/teacher Andrew Yaracs

In this episode, I interview Andrew Yaracs, retired music educator and author of Travel 101: A Band Director's Guide for Planning Student Travel. Get your softcover or ebook today at www.authorhouse.comSoftcover ISBN 978-1-4918-6310-7  $14.95; E-book ISBN 978-1-4918-6309-1  $3.99. Also available at Amazon or Barnes & Noble

Andrew's website:  http://www.bandtravel101.com

Andrew's Facebook Page:  http://www.facebook.com/bandtravel101

 

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The Music Ed Podcast - Episode 20 - Write It Down, Make It Happen

We often lose ideas because we don't capture them. Learn how to avoid losing those great ideas.

Link to Write It Down: Make It Happen 

Link to Kent Sanders' Evernote Training and free ebook

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The Music Ed Podcast - Episode 19 - What To Do During Spring Break

Not sure what to do during your upcoming break? You get five tips of things you can do - or not do - for a great spring break.

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The Music Ed Podcast - Episode 18 - 30+ Warm-up ideas in 12 minutes

You get more than 30 warm-up ideas that you can incorporate into your routine today! Let's get in the habit of calling it "Ensemble Sensitivity Training" rather than warm-ups. I have my mentor Dr. Cramer, retired from Indiana University, for that term. He is available for clinics and judging. Send me a message if you would like to consider having him and I will pass that along. 

pdf download of "Ensemble Sensitivity Training" ideas

Stephen Melillo Function chorale info. You can download one for free at this website

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The Music Ed Podcast - Episode 17 - Tips & Techniques for Improving Your Sax Section Sound

In this episode, I cover some fundamentals that will help your sax section sound, including reeds, mouthpieces, high and low tone exercises, recruiting and what to do with beginners.

Download free HIGH note Sax exercises here

Download free LOW note sax exercises here

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The Music Ed Podcast - Episode 16 - Interview with Dr. Mark Montemayor

This episode is a little different. I interview Dr. Mark Montemayor of the University of Northern Colorado. We discuss some of the current issues and trends in music education live during a break at the Colorado Music Educator's Association conference last month. Find out more about Dr. Montemayor or get in touch with him HERE.

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0015 The Music Ed Podcast - Episode 15 - Coffee & Talent Night

Why you should start a Coffee & Talent night where the STUDENTS do all the work.

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0014 The Music Ed Podcast - Episode 14 - Boundaries

How to set the proper boundaries in your life. Also check out the book Boundaries by Henry Cloud.

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0013 The Music Ed Podcast - Episode 13 - 4 Things To Avoid

In this episode, we discuss four deadly things you should avoid in your teaching.

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0012 The Music Ed Podcast - Episode 12 - How To Attend A Music Conference

In this episode, we discuss tips for how to make your music conference experience better.

www.cmeaonline.com

www.coloradobandmasters.org

www.midwestclinic.org

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0011 The Music Ed Podcast - Episode 11 - Using the acronym DIAC to aid rehearsals.

When I was in the Army band, they were really fond of using useless acronyms, but this one I found helpful. In this episode, we discuss DIAC (Detect, Isolate, Analyze, Correct) and expound on each of those and how to use that in rehearsal. Download a pdf wall chart.

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0010 The Music Ed Podcast - Episode 10 - Why I Don't Do Christmas Concerts

In this brief episode, I discuss why I quit having a Christmas concert many years ago. I don't have anything against Christmas, but just wanted to reduce the stress in my life, in my student's lives, and wanted to increase the size of our audience.

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0009 The Music Ed Podcast - Episode 9 - The Most Neglected Thing

Say No! So You Can Say Yes!

A breakfast smoothie to LIVE for

Southwestern Oklahoma State University - Dr. South works here

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0008 The Music Ed Podcast - Episode 8 - Stick with your music program

In this podcast, we discuss the importance of sticking with your music program. The greatest growth is often seen in teachers who have been somewhere long-term.

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The Music Ed Podcast - Episode 7 - Interview with Dr. Matt Roeder

In today's podcast, I interview Dr. Roeder from CU Boulder. He shares some critical rehearsal and conducting techniques important to directors everywhere.

CU Boulder Music Department Link

Contact Dr. Roeder

CU Boulder Music Events Page

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0006 The Music Ed Podcast - Episode 6 - Teaching National Music Standards 6-9

 

In this podcast, I share some strategies for how to incorporate national music standards 6-9 in your teaching. You can find the free Wednesday Music Lesson with Professor Jimmy to use as you please at www.jazzysaxman.com. A new episode is posted each week school is in session.

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0005 The Music Ed Podcast - Episode 5 - Interview with Dr. Ed Cannava 

 

Today I interview Dr. Ed Cannava, retired teacher extraordinaire. Dr. Cannava shares advice and strategies for the new and experienced director alike. When he was teaching at Arapahoe High School in the Denver metro area, his concert, jazz and marching bands were among the best.

 

Ed's website, where you can contact him and have him come and work with your band. Ed teaches at Metro State College, a great place to go if you would like to have him as your supervising teacher.

You can get music on approval at JW Pepper or your local music store. 

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0004 The Music Ed Podcast - Episode 4 - Teachers Need Coaches Too

 

Athletes aren't the only ones who need coaches; so do music teachers, yet the only feedback we get is often just a little check mark on a form. You need to be pro-active in getting your own feedback.

Link to an inexpensive master's degree in music through Southwestern Oklahoma State University

 

Still paying for your undergrad degree? Get out of debt! Start now.

 

TED Talks; free professional development. This one is on Teachers Need Coaches Too.

0003 The Music Ed Podcast - Episode 3 - Use Your Time Wisely

With #counselors on your side, you can be a more effective music teacher. Find out how #musiced #mused

0001 The Music Ed Podcast - Episode 1 - What to do the 1st Day of School

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