Category Archives: Teaching Band

Music Curriculum Standards and Pacing Guide

Hi all! I’m currently sitting in a chorus/band summer training institute for teachers and we are discussing music standards, and how to work with them. Some useful websites for planning lessons and exploring standards are: 1. http://www.CPALMS.org, the site for … Continue reading

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Don’t Do That! (Try This Instead!)

By Dr. Matthew McCutcheon This is a list of common pitfalls that many school ensemble directors unknowingly fall into. While directed more toward wind ensembles, these can be applied just as easily to chorus or strings. The basic concepts are … Continue reading

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Middle School Composition Assignment

This is an assignment given to me by a teacher when I was substituting her orchestra classes for two days. I don’t think she’s mind if I shared this basic composition assignment. I also have some rules for composing floating … Continue reading

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Clarinet How-To: Putting it Together

Some basic instructions for putting a clarinet together. Clarinet Couch Coach Episode 1: Putting it Together

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Focus: Clarinet

In searching for various information and study sheets for my clarinet students I came across some useful websites, and decided to write a clarinet focus blog for you. Enjoy! General Informational Websites Clarinet Major Scales Sheet Clarinet Fingering Chart The … Continue reading

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Music and Autistism

I found an article today about how music helped one autistic student to find confidence, feel more socially secure, and improve in verbal skills. I have taught several autistic students, and I have seen them do wonderful things through music. … Continue reading

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Rhythm Cars

Many music teachers will tell their students “if you can count it, you can play it”, which is entirely true; however, sometimes students still have difficulty learning to count a rhythm at a fast tempo. Some teachers use different common … Continue reading

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