In this episode we discuss the task that never ends: articulation. We talk about intro’ing articulation to our beginners as well as what we are doing in our full ensembles to address tongue strength, placement, and pressure.
In this episode we intro our new “Nuts & Bolts” season with a recap of how our first week went. Starting with episode 601 you can expect very specific topic episodes as all of us start wrapping our minds around Real Band again.
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.