Episode 20: Beginning Band Year at a Glance


Teaching beginning band is a big challenge! The loud, harsh noises at the beginning, teaching how to assemble all the instruments, and managing many multiple instruments in the same class can be overwhelming and uncomfortable to some. However, for us, teaching beginning band is our favorite! We have found what works well for beginning bands and love to see the progress our students make from the first day to the last!

Through our years of teaching beginning band, we have developed procedures, routines, and a curriculum that we have found makes our beginning bands fun and successful. So if you are looking for a way to make your beginning band less overwhelming and more enjoyable, look no further! In this episode, we are sharing our three pillars for success, how we set goals, how we create a classroom culture, and what our curriculum looks like throughout the year.

Be sure to grab the The Quarter Note Companion Level One Big Bundle.  Get your entire beginning band curriculum in one bundle that you can buy once and print as much as needed! With this bundle, you’ll get Level 1 of our customizable band method series, the instrument specific theory book, our simple rhythm drills, our sight-reading drills, and our chorale book for 17 instruments.

In this episode we cover:

  • What our teaching environments look like
  • The importance of backwards planning based on your big goals
  • How we build and maintain the culture of our beginning band classroom
  • What our classroom rules are and how we enforce them
  • Breaking down our beginning band curriculum and the 6 things we do in the order we do them
  • Join our Facebook Group and share how you structure your class, what tips you have, and if you plan on using any of the tips we shared

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The First Six Notes Podcast with Classroom Composers is for band teachers and string teachers looking for great information from experienced teachers. 

Every other week, we’ll dive into everything about teaching band and string music students. We’re covering everything from pedagogy to fundraising and interviewing successful music teachers, composers, admin, professional private studio teachers, and more to uncover and share their strategies for musical success. 

Classroom Composers is a married team of two music teachers, Kevin Hoff and Jessica Frank. Between the two of us, we have experience teaching K-6 general music, elementary 4/5 band/strings, and middle school band/strings/guitar who want to share our knowledge and experience with other teachers.

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