3 Things Parents Must Tell Their Children When They Begin a Musical Instrument

Hopefully your child will begin a musical instrument through their school music program.  If so, when they bring home their instrument for the first time, it is more than just an exciting day… …It is an opportunity… …Perhaps one of the greatest opportunities in your child’s life thus far. If you are like me, you want your kid(s) to complete their K-12 education with far more than factual knowledge and an ability […]


Training Young Low Brass Players... Ear Development

It takes a three-part approach when training low brass players to be contributing members of any ensemble. These activities should be developed simultaneously, as each activity opens the doorway to improvements in the other two areas. This is truly an integrated system, not a sequential one. The improvement of one ingredient will not amount to success until the others are improved. There is no importance to the order in which […]


Student Recruitment and Evaluation

How did you come to have the band you currently have? That is a question we sometimes overlook in the process of trying to build a band program, but it shouldn’t be. Other than the band director’s ability to teach children, recruiting is probably the most important aspect of building and maintaining a band program. If the band you currently lead is not the band you hope to have, there […]