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We discuss band and music education with musicians of all kinds. Don't let the name fool you - this is for everyone! Each week we gather with friends and colleagues from around our state to address the hottest topics on the minds of band directors. Hosted by Jerry Luckhardt (University of Minnesota) and Bradley Mariska (Farmington High School).
 
The Directing Band Podcast is a Show created by Band Directors for Band Directors! Our weekly show is filled with interviews, classroom ideas, leadership principles, personal finance strategies, investing tips, retirement planning, and more. As we say on the show, "If you are Directing Band, than this is the podcast for YOU!"Find us online and donate at DirectingBand.comEmail: DirectingBand@gmail.comTwitter: @JoshRBoydInstagram: @DirectingTheBand
 
So, you’re finishing school or you’ve signed a contract. While other new band directors are just trying to survive that first year, what can you do to thrive? Each episode will give you direct, usable information based on actual experiences relevant to your needs as a future or beginning band director. So grab your earbuds or turn up the car stereo, and let me give you some great program notes for success. Episodes release on either the 2nd or 4th Thursdays of each month (sometimes both).
 
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Burnout is a real thing! If you want to accomplish more, while also having margin in your life, it all starts with having a plan. In this brief episode, Josh gives a few tips related to being intentional with your life. In addition he talks about how he organizes his personal planner to accomplish all of his goals, both personal and professional. 1…
 
Teaching a chromatic scale can be a challenge, but it is not as hard when you move slow and methodical. That is what the chromatic scale cell does! You teach sections of the chromatic scale in small groups (known as cells). We found all of this already written out for you online. You can print and start using the Chromatic Scale Cells exercise in y…
 
In this Free Resource Friday we found you a how to guide for marching band electronics. This guide, by Pete Sapadin, tells you exactly what electronics you need for your marching band, gives you brand and model recommendations, talks about how to set it up, and even gives you pictures. This was the guide I used this year when I had to be the "elect…
 
Is your band tight on money? Do you need to purchase a stock music set instead of a custom arrangement in order to save on funds? We had to do that this year as well. In this episode we tell you what we did, how we did it, and we even tell you where we went to purchase our show. Main idea: "Execution is the highest form of Effect." Website: Directi…
 
This is the final episode of season 2 of the Directing Band Podcast. Be on the lookout for season 3 of the directing band podcast starting in August. In this episode, Josh discusses the 9 tips to survive your first day at a new school given by Patrick Moore in his article, "9 tips to surviving as a first year band director" which can be found at ba…
 
If you are like most band directors, nobody ever taught you how to build wealth. Over the course of the podcasts, Josh has shared with you his ongoing strategy to invest his money such that he has the ability to retire well. This episode is an update from the last episode (Nov. 2020). Josh's suggestion on investing: 1. Invest in your company's matc…
 
In this episode, Josh gives you 10 tips to help you get your first job. Succeeding in your first job interview is imperative. In today's market, some jobs have 40-80...and even 100 applicants. So what are some ways you can standout? What are some things you can do in the interview to really make a positive impression? What are some things you shoul…
 
This episode has been particularly hard to make. I apologize for the delay in content for my show. My school and the surrounding community was hit by an EF4 tornado, one of the largest on record for the state of Georgia. It damaged 1700 homes and left the high school where I teach with extreme damage. In the middle of the chaos, there is hope! This…
 
This episode is the second in our mentor series where Josh interviews Band Directors whom he admires, respects, and highly values their perspectives on important issues. The questions he asks are designed to be broad in an effort to help listeners take a look into the mind of a master band director. Nick Golding is a very successful band director w…
 
This free resource episode is drawing more attention to the 8 pages of notes from Matthew Price (Episode 40 and 42). Matthew created a handout with information that is vital to every band room. What I love about this resource is that it is about research based best practices for band directing. It breaks down what a good teacher does as measured by…
 
Episode 42 is the second episode in our mentor series where we bring high impact teachers on the show to talk about key areas of having a very successful band program. In this incredible episode, Matthew Price joins us to talk about "Unlocking Your Band's Real Potential by Using a Growth Mindset to the Most of Any Situation." The episode is full of…
 
Welcome to another Free Resource Friday on the Directing Band Podcast. Today we talk about the app called Sheet Music Scanner. This app will allow you to take a picture of a score part with your phone and then the app will scan it and create a play back track in mp3, wav, and other formats. If you have a struggling student that needs an extra step …
 
Episode 40 is the first episode in our mentor series where we bring high impact teachers on the show to talk about key areas of having a very successful band program. In this incredible episode, Matthew Price joins us to talk about "Unlocking Your Band's Real Potential by Using a Growth Mindset to the Most of Any Situation." The episode is full of …
 
Welcome to another free resource Friday! This week we take you to marchingartseducation.com to a free webinar by Matt and Ben Harloff who are the gurus behind Inside the Circle and the Carolina Crown Brassline. In this free webinar, they take you through their series of warm ups and talk about their ideas behind these warm ups. I even suggest getti…
 
In this episode, Josh talks about the method he uses to incentivize students to move toward mastery as well as how he provides short term and long term awards. Find us online at https://www.directingband.com Instagram: @DirectingtheBand Twitter: @JoshRBoyd Email: DirectingBand@gmail.com Youtube: Directing Band Support the show (https://www.buymeaco…
 
What if I could tell you that you can have the music to all of the John Philip Sousa Marches for free, complete with a Public Domain Letter, Rehearsal Notes, and a Performance Recording from the "The President's Own." Well, I can tell you exactly where to find that. The United States Marine Band has put together a website to bring you the music and…
 
Damien Gaiters is the Director of Bands at Lithia Springs High School in Douglas County, Georgia. Damien believes that empowering student leaders is an important part of his classroom strategy. He invests in student so much so, that he actually has key student conduct his band from the podium and offer insight to their peers. He believes that this …
 
Welcome to Free Resource Friday! On this episode we discuss https://www.onandoffthepodium.com/materials by Wendy Higdon. This website has a LOT of free recourses. If you are teaching beginning band, you should especially listen to this website and look at these resources. You can find the link to this resource and all resources from our show at: ht…
 
In this episode of Free Resource Friday, we discuss composer Brian Sadler's website where he gives you a bunch of free arrangements. We do encourage you to send in a donation for his work. Link: Here is a link to his website (Click Here): https://briansadler.org/arrangements-1 Find us on Youtube: @DirectingBand or Instagram: @DirectingtheBand or on…
 
Episode 32 is an episode based on a listener request. In this episode, Josh describes what he ideally wants every student to know when they enter the high school band as a 9th grader. When every student enters the band as a new student, they are given a "Step 0" sheet of tasks to complete. The purpose of a student completing these tasks is to demon…
 
This episode is taken from my interview on the Within the Musician Podcast with Monica Williams. it was an honor to be on her show and talk about issues related to virtual band during the pandemic. We talk about several key issues related to developing mastery, technology, and more. If you would like to hear the full episode, you can find it using …
 
Welcome to another episode of Free Resource Friday. In this episode we are talking about Mike Robinson Music. Mike Robinson's website is fantastic with free exercises related to articulation, lip slurs, scale studies, and more. Here is a link his website: Click Here (https://www.mrobinsonmusic.com/free-resources.html) For more free resource Friday'…
 
This episode was created from feedback from teacher feedback on social media. We discuss classroom management strategies, teaching methods, and more. This episode includes 11 key classroom management ideas that are broken down into practical strategies. In addition, we include direct quotes from multiple master teachers. Guest contributors include:…
 
One of our favorite resources is John McAllister Music. John as a great website where he delivers instrumental exercises related long tones, technique, scale builder, and more. His cinematic series fundamental program includes backing tracks that the students can play with. This can easily be used to encourage student engagement in your classroom. …
 
In this episode, Josh responds to a listener request to talk about his process to preparing his concert bands for sight reading at Large Group Performance Evaluation. Josh gives you his month by month preparation plan and breaks down the timing and reasoning behind each step in the process. 5 tools we use for sightreading: 1. Rhythm sheets Fussell …
 
In this episode we share a website article from Band Directors Talk Shop on "How to Teach Four Mallet Grip." This article was put together by Rick Astorga. One of the things I found helpful about this web article is that it breaks down how to teach the Stevens grip into easy steps. It also includes pictures which is super helpful for people like Jo…
 
In this episode, Miranda Carlsen, the band director at Harris County High School, talks about ways that she is creating a big sound in a rural area. She talks about her daily warm up and fundamental routine, her approach to marching band, running a band contest, her fundraisers, and more. The idea behind this podcast is that you can do big things, …
 
In this first episode of Free Resource Friday, we share with you a website where you can receive 36 free chorales. This resource was brought to our attention by band director, Adam Swan. Aaron Cole teaches high band at Mayo High School in Rochester, MN and plays horn in the Rochester Community Band. He created a chorale warm up book for band that h…
 
Monica Williams is a musician, flutist, teaching artist, composer, lifelong learner from the Bay area of San Francisco. She is also the host of “Within the Musician,” a podcast designed to be a place of discovery for all students, performers, educators and future educators. In this episode, Monica and I discuss ways to develop phrasing and expressi…
 
Vin Singh is the owner of Free Lunch Coffee, a business that donates the funds to provide 10 meals to school children in need around the world with every bag of coffee purchased. Mr. Singh started his career with a high paying job in corporate America, but decided that he lacked fulliment and purpose. In this episode, he talks about how he quit his…
 
The Directing Band Podcast has officially completed its first season! We did 20 episodes in the year 2020! What a year it was! In this episode, Josh talks about some of the things we learned together. This is a great episode to start with as he talks about the highlights from season 1. He concludes by telling you what is coming up in season 2 of th…
 
Over the Christmas holidays, I tested positive for COVID-19, also known as the coronavirus. I did have symptoms. In this episode I tell you what it was like, how I contracted the virus, things I wish I had done differently, as well as a candid discussion on what the media is both wrong and right about. My purpose in sharing this episode is to hope …
 
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