Teaching Tips

May/June 2021

The International Board created the project at Midwest Band & Orchestra Clinic and this is the eighth series of articles under “Teaching Tips”, “The Profession” and “Repertoire” topics. All articles will remain on the PBM International website as a resource for directors, so please share and consult the previous submissions under the EO tab. I hope you each enjoy a restful summer and find these ideas helpful!

Events — great marching band ideas for next season

Rehearsal ideas — using the Tonal Energy tuner

Instructional tools — SO many great ideas & videos!

  • Phantom Regiment Academy
    −by Stan Mauldin
    Inspired by quality, character, & innovation, Phantom Regiment Academy offers both in-person and virtual training opportunities with some of the best marching arts educators in the world.  Available on Facebook and on the Phantom Regiment website.

January / February 2021

Events include solo & ensemble, spring concerts, jazz band, etc.

Rehearsal ideas

Instructional tools

Covid resources: Ongoing supplemental section to assist during challenging teaching times

Repertoire: Our NEW addition to the Educational Outreach project

PBM has a YouTube channel!

BELOW: Interview by Lois Wiggins on transcriptions and selecting literature with the late Mr. Chuck Campbell, deceased member of the Psi Kentucky chapter.

September / October 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
    –by Tamarie Sayger
    Band Director | Sycamore Springs MS | Dripping Springs ISD, Texas
  • 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=PWBHL1dLQQpIQn1ydXQELndyZ29DMQ-3D-3D_360>. (August 2020)

April / May 2020

Events include Solo & Ensemble, Spring Concerts, Jazz Band

Rehearsal Ideas

Instructional Tools & Suggested Summer Reading

January / February 2020

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.

September / October 2019

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. They 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 demonstrate methods and techniques they have developed throughout their years of teaching.

April / May 2019


Rehearsal ideas

Instructional tools

  • 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.

January / February 2019

Events include solo & ensemble, spring concerts, jazz band

Rehearsal ideas

Instructional tools