Our Band Program
This is a Youtube channel that I set
up for our band stuff. I will use it for videos or recordings that I
Stuff To Help Students Learn and
Practice – 5 Tips For Students
This is a video I made for
students and parents, to help you understand how to practice at home in a way
that will give you better results.
This is an online resource for
band directors, but students can get a lot out of it too. For example, if you play clarinet, then
search for “clarinet” to find articles about how to play the flute better,
“Why are my clarinets playing
flat?” Excellent article about
clarinet intonation, embouchure, etc.
Thanks, Mr. Danny Green, for
creating this and sharing your wisdom.
"10 Simple Steps To Improve
Your Clarinet And Saxophone Section"
Good stuff here. Everyone should read this and
My “checklist” for correct
embouchure and posture for the flute.
Thanks to my fellow educators who helped me write this, and for those
who wrote the articles on Band Directors Talk Shop from which I stole a lot.
Flute Tips blog.
Two really good websites for percussion stuff.
A great website for learning about your instrument
for the first time. Just select your instrument from the menu in the
top-right corner, and explore!
Apps, Software, etc.
Tempo Lite by Frozen Ape for iOS
Metronome: Tempo Lite by Frozen Ape for Android
This is the best metronome app for
mobile devices out there, in my opinion.
This is the free version. I use
the $3.99 version, but the free one is all you really need.
Finale Notepad. This is the free version of
the software I use to write all of the music you see on my website. The
free version does not have all of the features that the full $600 version
has, of course, but it has a lot. I highly recommend it, if you are
interested in writing your own music. And I would be happy to help you
learn how to use it.
Check this out. It is an online music writing program. But then
you can search for music that other people have written, including pop songs
(search for something like "Set Fire To The Rain"). And you can
change the music so it fits your instrument. I just learned about this, so I
don't know how to use it yet, but you guys can mess around with it and
probably figure it out.
About Music Education
"How Playing An Instrument Benefits Your Brain"
One of the best explanations I have ever seen of what learning
to play a musical instrument does to your brain, and why it is such an
important part of your education. To dig deeper into this, you can also
watch this talk by Dr. Sarah Jayne Blakemore that explains how the brain develops
during our teenage years. Of course, you only get these benefits if you
practice your instrument every day. So go practice! Now!
Go! Why are you still reading? Go practice!
Another article to this point: https://musicadvisor.com/top-benefits-taking-music-lessons-young-adults/