Sunday, January 2, 2011

Happy New Year - My "band resolutions"

Happy New Year!  Each year before heading back to school I try to think about things I did in the first half of the year that could have gone better and things I would like to try in the second half of the year, sort of a list of resolutions for my job.  Here is what I have come up with:

1.  I would like to be more consistent in my regular classroom routines, especially my warm-up.  I try hard to use the same routine for warm-up from beginning band through my oldest groups.  This doesn't mean I do the same things every day, it just means I follow the same formula.  Each class does long tones, breathing, articulation exercises, scales, and rhythms each day.  After this we will do some chorales or other things I want to address.  By using the same formula each day, I make sure I am working on these fundamentals consistently.  While I try to do this daily, sometimes I skip parts to get to our music, especially close to a concert.  I would like to become even more consistent with this.

2.  I would like to write more of my own material for beginning band.  It is really easy to overuse beginning band method books... I'll write more about this some other time.

3.  I would like to improve my classroom management - I know this isn't really specific.  I like to think I do a decent job with classroom management, but you can always do better!  The more structured and organized my classes and classroom are, the easier my day is.  I will post about this as I work on it.

Well, that's it.  What are your "band resolutions?"

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Interesting Article

Here is a link to an interesting article about an experiment to see if learning to play the violin will improve student test scores.

There are already several studies linking music study to high test scores, but many of these students can't link the high scores directly to the study of music. As the article points out, many students studying music come for more affluent areas, and have greater resources which could lead to higher test scores. Also some of these studies simply show a correlation between high test scores and music students - but this doesn't mean the music study caused the high scores. Maybe students who do better on tests just happen to choose music.

This study looks like it would do a better job proving the cause and effect relationship. It will be interesting to read about this when it is further along...

Thursday, November 25, 2010


Happy Thanksgiving!

Welcome to I started this blog a couple of years ago, and haven't really done much with it. I've decided to start over. If you were already registered for the blog feed from the original site, then you were moved over to this one. I am going to try and post more often here.

If you have any suggestions for the site, please let me know!