Habits of a Successful Band Director: Pitfalls and Solutions

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GIA Publications, 2006 - Music - 179 pages
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In Habits of a Successful Band Director Scott Rush provides: A how-to book for young teachers; A supplement for college methods classes; A commonsense approach to everyday problems band directors face; Sequential models for instruction that are narrow in scope; Solutions, in the form of information and probing questions, that allow assessment of a classroom situation; Valuable information in a new format and references to other helpful publications; A contemporary text for all band directors. Some of the topics covered in the ten chapters include: classroom organization and management, working with parents and colleagues, the importance of the warm-up, rehearsal strategies, selecting high-quality literature, and student leadership. The appendices provide valuable outlines and reproducible forms such as medical releases and pitch tendency charts. - Back cover.
 

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Contents

Step One Be Organized and Communicate
1
Creating and Communicating Your Philosophy
2
Your Professional Mission Statement
3
The Handbook
4
The Use of the Internet
9
The Homework Hotline and the Phone Tree
11
The Parent Orientation Meeting
12
The Chaperone Orientation Meeting
13
Large Ensemble Programming
66
Woodwind Quintet Literature
67
Brass Quintet Literature
69
Small Ensemble Literature
71
Percussion Ensemble Literature
72
Step Seven Assess for Success
75
The Four Ts
77
Sequencing Units of Study
89

Step Two Work with Parents and Colleagues
15
Create a MusicMaking Support System through Your Boosters
17
Planning a Budget within Your Booster Organization
20
Dealing with Difficult Parents
24
The PrincipalBand Director Relationship
26
Taking Care of the Little Things
27
Dealing with Other Faculty Members
29
Step Three Manage the Classroom
31
The Two First Days of School
32
Greeting the New Ones
33
Rules and Consequences Expectations and Procedures
34
Rehearsing Classroom Procedures
35
Discipline versus Punishment
36
The Rehearsal Setup and Schedule
37
Step Four Understand the Importance of the Warmup
41
The Purpose of the Warmup
42
The Full Band Warmup
44
Breathing Exercises as Part of the Warmup Process
47
What About the Percussionists?
50
Step Five Incorporate Effective Rehearsal Strategies
53
Probing Questions
54
Timing
55
Tuning
56
Blend
57
BME of Notes
58
FiveStep Articulation Exercise
59
Components of Playing
60
Conclusion
61
Step Six Make HighQuality Literature Your Curriculum
63
Wind Literature
64
Teaching to the Correct Level of Difficulty
91
Assessing Taped Examples
92
Using the National Standards
97
What to Teach and Assess
99
Step Eight Build Student Leadership
101
The Difference between Power and Ownership
102
The Leadership Mission Statement
104
Taking Care of the Customers
106
Step Nine Beg Borrow Steal and Hone Your Skills
109
The Effectiveness Checklist
111
Incorporating the Ideas of Others
112
The Collage Concert
114
Joint Concerts
115
Masterclasses
116
The Conducting Workshop
117
Private Lessons
118
Step Ten Make Music
121
A Final NoteKeep It in Perspective and Take Care of Yourself
123
Acknowledgments
125
The Life of a Band Director Outline
127
The Band Handbook
135
Parent Profile Form
161
Medical FormsRecurring Field Trip Permission Form
163
Expectation Sheet
167
The Four Ts Assessment
171
Pitch Tendency Chart
173
The ThreeTiered Assessment Model
175
References
177
About the Author
179
Copyright

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