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Episode 25. Setting up for Success: The First Weeks of School

Listen on: Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, and Google Podcasts Are you feeling overwhelmed with the amount of tasks that need to be done before the school year starts?  As a music teacher, the back-to-school preparation can be daunting. But don’t worry! We’ve got you covered! We’re sharing how we effectively and efficiently prepare for and …

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Episode 23: Connecting Sheet Music to Daily Warm-Ups and Drills

Listen on: Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, and Google Podcasts Are you and your students getting the most out of your daily warm-ups? When we first began teaching band, we definitely were not using warm-ups in the most effective way possible. We’d spend a few minutes playing scales and then go right into playing sheet music. …

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Episode 22. Taking What Didn’t Work This Year and Making it Work Next Year

Listen on: Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, and Google Podcasts Removing students from band is a controversial topic and not something we take lightly. Obviously, we want our students to enjoy band class, learn and be successful on their instruments, and find a love and respect for music. But what happens when students are not meeting …

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Episode 21: A Deep Dive Into Beginning Band with the Quarter Note Companion

Listen on: Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, and Google Podcasts We’re all looking for ways to make teaching beginning band easier and more effective. Having a solid beginning band curriculum that takes research, student interest, and real life classroom experiences into account can be a game-changer. After trying several different method books with our beginning bands, …

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Episode 19: Teaching Beginning Strings with Efficiency

Listen on: Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, and Google Podcasts There is so much that goes into teaching beginning strings. From posture to bowing to safety, ensuring that your students understand your expectations and what is expected from them is so important. We know how valuable getting insight and tips from an experienced violinist and music …

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Episode 17: What Video Games Can Teach Us About Teaching with Jared Brockmeyer

Listen on: Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, and Google Podcasts What could video games and teaching music possibly have in common? Surprisingly, quite a bit! There is so much we can learn as educators from video games and video game design that can help us better reach our students. We know gamification is big in education …

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Episode 16: Music Education in Different States with Andy LaRusch

Listen on: Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, and Google Podcasts Music education varies greatly from state to state. Texas specifically is known for having incredible music education. For music teachers outside of Texas, there is a sort of mystery and allure to Texas music education and what makes their programs and bands so great. We wanted …

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