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So, you’re finishing school or you’ve signed a contract. While other new band directors are just trying to survive that first year, what can you do to thrive? Each episode will give you direct, usable information based on actual experiences relevant to your needs as a future or beginning band director. So grab your earbuds or turn up the car stereo, and let me give you some great program notes for success. Episodes release on either the 2nd or 4th Thursdays of each month (sometimes both).

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So, you’re finishing school or you’ve signed a contract. While other new band directors are just trying to survive that first year, what can you do to thrive? Each episode will give you direct, usable information based on actual experiences relevant to your needs as a future or beginning band director. So grab your earbuds or turn up the car stereo, and let me give you some great program notes for success. Episodes release on either the 2nd or 4th Thursdays of each month (sometimes both).

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GREAT tips and reminders!

By jbnunes07 - Sep 05 2019
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This podcast is filled with tons of great advice and tips for band directors at all levels of teaching experience. It should be required listening. Love it!

Not just beginning band.

By Me9999999abc - Jan 11 2019
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This is a great podcast. I’ve been listening to this for a few months now, and there are so many great tips and ideas and other resources here for any band teacher at any level. Give this a listen, see what I mean.

iTunes Ratings

38 Ratings
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38
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GREAT tips and reminders!

By jbnunes07 - Sep 05 2019
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This podcast is filled with tons of great advice and tips for band directors at all levels of teaching experience. It should be required listening. Love it!

Not just beginning band.

By Me9999999abc - Jan 11 2019
Read more
This is a great podcast. I’ve been listening to this for a few months now, and there are so many great tips and ideas and other resources here for any band teacher at any level. Give this a listen, see what I mean.
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Program Notes: The Band Director Podcast

Latest release on Oct 22, 2020

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So, you’re finishing school or you’ve signed a contract. While other new band directors are just trying to survive that first year, what can you do to thrive? Each episode will give you direct, usable information based on actual experiences relevant to your needs as a future or beginning band director. So grab your earbuds or turn up the car stereo, and let me give you some great program notes for success. Episodes release on either the 2nd or 4th Thursdays of each month (sometimes both).

Rank #1: Episode 23: Leading a Successful Band Program - Part 1

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I'm excited to welcome Rob Chilton, fantastic director, leader, and musician to the podcast for the start of a series discussing director leadership. Rob's kids recently performed at the Texas Music Educators Association convention as one of the state honor bands. For those unfamiliar with the Texas band scene, this is a pretty big deal. It means that among schools of similar size, Mr. Chilton's band was deemed to have the best performance and invited to perform at our annual meeting. I sincerely hope that listeners out there get something out of this chat.

©2018 John M. Denis

Sep 13 2018

24mins

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Rank #2: Episode 20: Beginning Band - Part 1

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Join Jason Tucker and myself as we talk about the ins and outs of teaching beginners!

©2018 John M. Denis

Jul 26 2018

26mins

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Rank #3: Episode 61: Perspectives with Peyton Grover and Shane Lemanski

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In our annual Perspectives series, we have Peyton Grover and Shane Lemanski, two first year teachers in Texas with some great insights into their success during a challenging first year.

May 21 2020

23mins

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Rank #4: Episode 5: Intonation Part 1

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This episode begins our series on intonation in the wind ensemble.  Jordan Stern and I discuss some common causes of bad intonation and introduce ideas for improvement.  Be sure to check out the other episodes in the series as they release

©2017 John M. Denis

Dec 14 2017

21mins

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Rank #5: Episode 37: Dr Tim - Part 1

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On this series we have the incomparable Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser to talk about becoming a successful band director. Dr. Tim is well known in music education for his expertise and uplifting attitude, and has been involved in a variety of successful publications, programs, and schools during his storied career.

©2019 John M. Denis

Mar 28 2019

22mins

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Rank #6: Episode 35: Supplementary Materials - Part 4

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In this final episode in the series, Darcy Williams (of After Sectionals fame) talks about teaching rhythm logically and the importance of reaching out to other skilled teachers.

©2019 John M. Denis

Feb 28 2019

21mins

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Rank #7: Episode 38: Dr. Tim - Part 2

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Part 2 of our series with the incomparable Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser talking about becoming a successful band director. Dr. Tim is well known in music education for his expertise and uplifting attitude, and has been involved in a variety of successful publications, programs, and schools during his storied career

©2019 John M. Denis

Apr 11 2019

28mins

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Rank #8: Episode 36: Sight-reading Contest Tips

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In this episode I discuss tips and tricks for a successful sight-reading contest/competition experience. ©2019 John M. Denis

Mar 14 2019

23mins

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Rank #9: Episode 58: Remote Instruction Round Table

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In this episode I invited several skilled directors to a round table discussion about teaching ensembles remotely. We discuss ways they have already used technology to reach beyond their classrooms, ways to handle the upcoming challenges, and philosophical foundations for teaching through the COVID challenge.

Mar 19 2020

1hr 25mins

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Join Gary Williams for part 2 of our chat about honor band, encouraging students, and general band talk.

Apr 23 2020

32mins

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Rank #11: Episode 16: Fundamental Drill

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An introduction to fundamental drill, why it matters and how to make the most of it.  

©2018 John M. Denis

May 24 2018

21mins

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Rank #12: Episode 6: Intonation - Part 2

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So now that we've discussed some of the causes behind poor intonation, how do we help our students build good intonation habits?  In the second part of this series Jordan Stern and I discuss some of the strategies to teach intonation conceptually. 

©2017 John M. Denis

Dec 28 2017

21mins

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Rank #13: Episode 42: Heterogeneous Beginners with Erin Cole - Part 2

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Part 2 of my discussion with Erin Cole about challenges and solutions for heterogeneous beginner instruction. Erin was the band director at Tapp Middle School in Cobb County, Georgia from 1995-2017 and was named “Teacher of the Year” in 2016. Her bands have had a national reputation for excellence, and she is currently a Conn-Selmer Senior Educational Consultant.

©2019 John M. Denis

Jun 13 2019

33mins

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Rank #14: Episode 8: Starting a Job - Part 1

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Join Brian Weidner and myself as we discuss how to successfully follow a previous teacher.  In part 1 of this discussion, we address the idea of social capital and the importance of professional communication.

©2018 John M. Denis

Jan 23 2018

28mins

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Rank #15: Episode 40: Recruitment and Retention - Part 2

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This episode is a live recording of a clinic presented by Dr. Marta Frey-Clark and myself at TMEA 2019. In this presentation we discuss both general theories underlying recruitment and retention as well as specific strategies to help directors grow their programs.

©2019 John M. Denis

May 10 2019

33mins

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Rank #16: Episode 7: Intonation - Part 3

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Jordan and I tackle the joys of technology, discuss ways to teach your kids good intonation, and wrap up this series on intonation. ©2018 John M. Denis

Jan 11 2018

35mins

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Rank #17: Episode 10: Starting a Job To Do List

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36 Steps to prepare for a successful first day of school!

©2018 John M. Denis

Feb 22 2018

30mins

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Rank #18: Episode 26: Leading a Successful Band Program - Part 4

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This is the final episode in our series addressing leading a successful program.  I want to thank Rob Chilton for his insights and for joining me. 

©2018 John M. Denis

Oct 25 2018

22mins

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Rank #19: Episode 11: Saxophone Tips - Part 1

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In this episode the incomparable Dr. Todd Oxford and I talk about some of the common tips and misconceptions involved in teaching young saxophonists.

©2018 John M. Denis

Mar 09 2018

20mins

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Rank #20: Episode 14: Band Handbook

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©2018 John M. Denis

Apr 26 2018

24mins

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Episode 69: Dan Morrison - Part 1

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In this series of episodes Dan Morrison joins me to talk about building a culture of positivity, communication, and doing what works.

Oct 22 2020

28mins

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Episode 68: Melodianne Mallow - Part 3

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Our final episode with the amazing Melodianne Mallow, where we wrap up her thoughts on the most important things for a beginning band director to know.

Oct 08 2020

31mins

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Episode 66: Melodianne Mallow - Part 2

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The second part in our series with Melodianne Mallow, long time band director in the DFW area, where we talk about what young directors need to know to teach beginners well and what is necessary for success at the middle school level.

Sep 24 2020

31mins

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Episode 66: Melodianne Mallow - Part 1

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In this series we welcome Melodianne Mallow, long time band director in the DFW area, and we talk about what young directors need to know to teach beginners well and what is necessary for success at the middle school level.

Sep 10 2020

27mins

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Episode 65: COVID-19 Thoughts - August 2020

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I wanted to take some time and discuss what we no about COVID and how we can be safe in the band hall in the 2020-2021 school year. This is not medical/legal advice, but just my attempts to report on research with some commentary thrown in there.

Aug 13 2020

32mins

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Episode 65: Bobby Lambert - Part 3

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In our final episode with Bobby Lambert, head director at Wando High School, we discuss literature, fundamentals, and chamber ensembles.

Jul 23 2020

24mins

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Episode 64: Bobby Lambert - Part 2

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Our second episode in the series with Wando High School head director Bobby Lambert. In this episode we talk about the selecting literature and the importance of fundamentals.

Jul 09 2020

25mins

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Episode 63: Bobby Lambert - Part 1

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Bobby Lambert is the head band director at Wando High School in South Carolina. His groups have performed at the Midwest Clinic and various BOA events. In this episode we discuss learning from mistakes and finding success as a young director.

Jun 25 2020

27mins

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Episode 61: Perspectives with Peyton Grover and Shane Lemanski - Part 2

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In the second part of our annual perspectives series, Peyton and Shane talk about distance learning, student independence, and the importance of relationships in band directing.

Jun 11 2020

27mins

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Episode 61: Perspectives with Peyton Grover and Shane Lemanski

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In our annual Perspectives series, we have Peyton Grover and Shane Lemanski, two first year teachers in Texas with some great insights into their success during a challenging first year.

May 21 2020

23mins

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c

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Join Gary Williams for part 2 of our chat about honor band, encouraging students, and general band talk.

Apr 23 2020

32mins

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Episode 59: Gary Williams - Part 1

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Join Gary Williams, fantastic head band director from Cockrill Middle School, as he talks about creating a healthy band culture, building relationships, and general band talk.

Apr 09 2020

32mins

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Episode 58: Remote Instruction Round Table

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In this episode I invited several skilled directors to a round table discussion about teaching ensembles remotely. We discuss ways they have already used technology to reach beyond their classrooms, ways to handle the upcoming challenges, and philosophical foundations for teaching through the COVID challenge.

Mar 19 2020

1hr 25mins

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Episode 57: Percussion Basics - Part 2

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The second part of my discussion about the basics of percussion with Jordan Stern.

© 2020 John M. Denis

Mar 12 2020

30mins

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Episode 56: Percussion Basics Part 1

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© 2020 John M. Denis

Feb 27 2020

20mins

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Mini-Episode 2 - Hierarchy of Listening

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In this mini-episode I talk about the importance of having a hierarchy of listening for success as well as walking through my own hierarchy that I use when working with bands.

Feb 12 2020

18mins

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Episode 55: Interviewing

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In this episode I discuss the ins and outs of being a skilled interviewee. Starting with what to do before the interview, and covering the interview itself and the post-interview process, I give tips and tricks to help you find success (and a job). ©2020 John M. Denis

Jan 23 2020

30mins

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Episode 54: Scott Rush - Part 2

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Part 2 of my chat with Scott Rush. Mr. Rush's expertise and insight is invaluable for any young teachers.

Also, check out www.tuningwithtechnology.com if you are interested in learning more about maximizing intonation skills in your ensemble.

©2020 John M. Denis

Jan 09 2020

19mins

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Episode 53: Scott Rush - Part 1

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In this series we welcome Scott Rush to the show. Mr. Rush is is the lead writer for the "Habits" music education series published by GIA Publications and is the former Director of Bands at Wando High School in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina.  He is currently the Director of Fine and Performing Arts In Dorchester School District Two and is the conductor of The Charleston Wind Symphony. In this episode we talk about advice for young teachers and navigating the collaborative nature of band.

©2019 John M. Denis

Dec 19 2019

22mins

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Episode 52: Tips for Improving Intonation

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In this episode, my colleague Jordan Stern and I discuss general tips for improving ensemble intonation, including working to develop aural skills in students, exercises to improve pitch matching in the band, and common pitfalls. If you are interested in the exercises we discuss, you can get more information at www.tuningwithtechnology.com

©2019 John M. Denis

Dec 05 2019

27mins

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iTunes Ratings

38 Ratings
Average Ratings
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GREAT tips and reminders!

By jbnunes07 - Sep 05 2019
Read more
This podcast is filled with tons of great advice and tips for band directors at all levels of teaching experience. It should be required listening. Love it!

Not just beginning band.

By Me9999999abc - Jan 11 2019
Read more
This is a great podcast. I’ve been listening to this for a few months now, and there are so many great tips and ideas and other resources here for any band teacher at any level. Give this a listen, see what I mean.