Teaching Tips

Fall 2020

Events: marching band, all region/state auditions

Rehearsal ideas from a composer

Instructional tools – informative handout for your files

Covid resources

  • CTMS Wolf Band Enrichment Resource
    –by Laura Bell & Katie Lewis
    Band Directors  |  Frisco, Texas
  • Cultivating Covid Champs: Building Your Best Beginners
    –by Laura Bell & Katie Lewis
    Band Directors  |  Frisco, Texas
  • Band Directors Talk Shop website
  • Connecting our Students to Meaningful Music Making
    –by Travis J. Weller
  • Dr. Brett A. Richardson, Alpha chapter member and Director of Bands at the University of the Incarnate Word (San Antonio TX), commissioned Phi Beta Mu Texas Bandmasters Hall of Fame member Fred J. Allen to create a flexible, instrumentation version of Tielman Susato’s The Danserye (1551) for use by small, socially-distanced chamber ensembles. Allen carefully arranged 10 movements for woodwinds, brass, strings, and percussion, allowing groups of varied instrumentation to perform Susato’s collection of Renaissance dances. As part of the commission, Richardson and the students of the UIW Bands will be providing the score and parts gratis to bands and orchestras that have experienced budget cuts due to the coronavirus pandemic. As of September 2020, nearly 40 high school and university bands from across the U.S. and Europe have requested access to the arrangement. If you would like to request access to the music, please contact Dr. Richardson at <http://www.privatedaddy.com/?q=HD11WHYWc31pH08FVCk2WVYvRjJxRg-3D-3D_360>. (August 2020)

Spring 2020

Events include Solo & Ensemble, Spring Concerts, Jazz Band

Rehearsal Ideas

Instructional Tools & Suggested Summer Reading

Spring 2019

Events include solo & ensemble, spring concerts, jazz band

Rehearsal ideas

Instructional tools & musical links

  • BandDirectorsTalkShop.com is a website available to educate and inspire band directors. It houses over 300 articles full of practical articles you can use today. Articles are written by respected music educators from around the United States. Learn. Share. Inspire.

Events: marching band, all region/state auditions

Rehearsal ideas

Instructional Tools:

  • PBM Mississippi Chapter “Young Band Director Project”
    These videos were sponsored by the Mississippi Chapter of Phi Beta Mu and produced and filmed by CA Video Productions.  These videos are designed for young directors or college students who are getting ready begin their student teaching experience.  The directors you see in these videos are some of the finest directors in our state who have volunteered to demonstrated methods and techniques they have developed throughout their years of teaching.

Foundations for Good Practice Habits
−by Dr. Christina Guenther

Musical Mastery for Band website
−by Kathy Johnson & Asa Burk [Alpha members]
This method book is being used by band directors around Texas and neighbouring states and is also being used as the primary text for the wind instrument techniques classes for music education majors at both University of North Texas and the University of Texas at Arlington.

Music Theory for Beginning Instrumentalists: A Scripted Curriculum
−a collaboration between Mary Ellen Cavitt [Alpha member] and Randallyn Kelso Holdford
Designed for beginning instrumentalists, this text provides work in music theory to supplement a beginner method book. It is available from J.W. Pepper and is published by RBC Publications.