In this episode we eventually talk about balancing, engaging, and creating a band culture when our kids are split over virtual and in-person settings. We also talk about a lot of other random stuff because #2020.
In this episode we re-readdress the need for an off switch within not only the band profession but within education as a whole. Teaching in the COVID era has magnified the problems of public education as well a brought a new onslaught of issues to navigate.
THAT DOES NOT GIVE US PERMISSION TO BECOME MARTYRS FOR THE JOB.
Darcy, Jenna, and TJ discuss their concerns for teachers in general, not just band directors.
No seriously… There might be some good information in this episode, but this is the last time we do a dad gum episode over Zoom. You are going to feel like you are IN Jenna’s mouth or at the very least sitting on her upper lip. TJ’s is audio okay, and Darcy’s microphone (despite being on with levels checked ahead of time) RECORDED NOTHING! Zero things. I Levelated the crud out of this episode to make it palatable (not enjoyable, just lightly tolerable), but it is comically bad. In fact, the only reason I bothered to post it is because it is SO bad it made me giggle a little after I stopped cussing, and I have cussed enough for several weeks in the span of about an hour.
Also, second forewarning of the episode: I was so ticked I didn’t even both to edit it. Seriously. Curious what a completely unedited recording sounds like? Well, you’ll only hear 72% of it, but there is way too much that should have been on the cutting room floor, TJ’s potty mouth, and Jenna’s kids drawing actual blood… for real.
In this episode we talk about the structure of our private lessons program, how to sell lessons to your community, priorities within the lessons, hiring lesson teachers, etc.
Note: While not all band programs are fortunate enough to have a private lessons program, this episode still covers topics like how to build a culture of WANTING lessons within your community and approaching the money talk with your parents.
In this episode, Darcy and Jenna revisit many of your questions concerning what tuners we use, why we prefer those, how we utilize them in 6-8 band, and why we think they are important to our pedagogy.
This episode is a podcast edition of our 2016 TMEA clinic entitled “Teaching Rhythm Logically”. If you are interested in this method of teaching rhythm, you can find out more at TeachingRhythmLogically.com.
In this episode we talk about kids that are too involved to be in band… or stay in band.
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This episode is a recording of our TMEA 2017 clinic entitled Success Through Accountability. We talk about specific methods we use to approach accountability with our own kids and how individual skill leads to program success. You can find the YouTube video from the actual presentation below.