AS 415 : Enneagram Revisited

In this episode we revisit the popular enneagram personality test.

In this conversation we reference the test you can find at https://www.truity.com/test/enneagram-personality-test. We opted for the paid results option, which I would recommend for anyone taking the test for the first time. You can find other enneagram information at https://www.enneagraminstitute.com/.

Spoiler: Darcy 3w4, Jenna 3w2, TJ 7w8

This episode sponsored by Kaleidoscope Adventures.

AS 407 : Private Lessons

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.

AS 214 : Beginner Fundamentals Timeline

In this episode we talk about what beginner fundamentals we are focusing on this semester and planning when to approach them with each of our classes.

Fundamentals to be addressed:

  • scales
  • dynamics
  • staccato
  • legato
  • vibrato
  • tuning
  • trombone slurs
  • Remingtons
  • enharmonics
  • new rule (stagger breathing)
  • range extension
  • recognizing keys
  • 2 count breaths

AS 132 – Instrument Placement

By popular request, we talk about how we design our beginner instrument placement. In this episode we cover:

  • selling our program
  • parent contact
  • physical set up
  • our process
  • assigning instruments
  • creating a balanced beginner program

Below are the files we discuss in the episode.

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This is our very official flier that we deliver to all of our feeding elementary campuses.
This is our very official flier that we deliver to all of our feeding elementary campuses.

 

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This is the instrument placement form that we used this year.

 

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Here is a sample of the Google Sheets shared file that Jenna and Darcy use as they check students out at the end of instrument placement. Because the file updates dynamically, both of them can see as the instrument slots fill up and so both can see where they need to steer students to keep balanced numbers.

AS 130 : Overly Committed

In this episode we talk about kids that are too involved to be in band… or stay in band.


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AS 124 : Success Through Accountability

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.

Beginning Band Band Entry Checklist

SB Entry Checklist

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7th Practice Sheet

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Rubric

Practice Guide

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