Integrating Writing with Band: Program Notes

At some point, band directors are asked to embrace a curriculum mandate that is not easily implemented within the teaching style of a band class. When faced with these situations, my personal philosophy is to try to find a way to integrate the mandate in a manner that is relevant to band class, engaging to students and legitimately enhances the music education of the students. Several years ago each department […]


Pop Concerts Make Positive Impacts

Many music departments are looking for new methods to build support, motivate students and improve recruitment and retention. One educational and entertaining way is to perform an annual “Pops Concert.” Carefully selected pops repertoire can provide appropriate learning opportunities for student musicians and allow them to make direct connections to popular music. The “lighter” music will give the student body a reason to rally behind the music program and the […]