Episode 1: How to Grow Your Band and Orchestra Program

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Welcome to The First Six Notes with Classroom Composers! We are so excited to be bringing you the information you need as a band and string teacher! In this episode, we are kicking off the podcast by sharing our backgrounds and giving you actionable tips to grow your program.

We have so much great information to share with you but we wanted to share a bit about ourselves and our programs before we dive in. In this episode, we are talking about our backgrounds and how we got started in our current program, three actionable tips to help you grow your program, and what the three phases of a program are and what your growth strategy looks like for each stage. 

If you’re looking for an affordable way to teach notes and rhythms with ease, check out The Quarter Note Companion Level 1, a customizable method book for 17 instruments! Once you purchase this resource, you can just print it off for all of your students – no need to buy fancy books for each student!

We would love to hear from you! Leave us a review and connect with us on Instagram to let us know what tips you’re going to try or what you found most helpful in today’s episode.

In this episode we cover:

  • Jessica and Kevin’s background and the changes in their program from their first years to now
  • How your personality can help grow your program
  • The importance of classroom management in a successful program
  • Why you need to have a solid curriculum and plan in place and how backwards planning can help you reach your goals
  • What the 3 phases of a program are and tips on how to grow at each stage

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More about The First Six Notes with Classroom Composers

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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