Welcome to Woodwind & Brasswind’s Summer Reading Series, designed to give thoughtful takes and educational insights for planning out your coming school year.

Whether you're looking to build your own marching show or stretch your budget when funds are short, Woodwind & Brasswind has all the resources to get you started.

Browse the topics below for tips and ideas you can utilize in your classroom. New articles are added every week over the summer!


Back to School... Again: Fighting Teacher Burnout

Feeling burned out is natural. But it’s important to take care of yourself, mentally and physically, so you can move forward. While each educator’s experience is unique, here are some ways to ease burnout, or possibly even avoid it completely!

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Setting Up for Success: Making Sure Your Beginners Have the Right Tools

A helpful list of beginner band instruments for new students and their parents. It's important for parents to understand that investing in high-quality instruments will help their child in his or her musical adventure.

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More Than Music: Building A Successful Marching Program

Looking for tips that will help you build a successful marching program? Here are 10 ideas you can put into practice right away.

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Expanding Your Sound: The Band Director's Guide To Field Audio

By now you've likely seen the techology movement spread across drums corps. We've got some suggestions for you on how to incorporate electronic components into your show, and gear to get you started.

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Custom Marching Programs 101: How To Build Your Own Marching Show

Prepackaged marching shows can be expensive, and the “out of the box” approach will not fit every ensemble’s size, instrumentation, and talent level. We’ve compiled some tips for you if you’re taking the DIY approach to building your marching show.

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Herding Percussionists: How To Maintain Your Percussion Section

The back of the band room can seem like a foreign world if you’re not a percussionist. Learn a little more about some must have percussion instruments and ideas for organization and storage!

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Fight the Good Fight: Getting And Keeping A Strong Music Budget

We all know the cost it takes to provide the right resources for your students to help them be successful. Read about a few ways to get more money for you program, and to stretch your budget with the funds that you do have!

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Summer Chops: How To Keep Your Students Practicing While On Break

Do you feel like every fall your students have taken a few steps back due to the lack of structured rehearsal time? Here are some ideas to keep them engaged and practicing while on break

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STEM vs. STEAM: Making The Case For Music In Today's Curriculum

Help STEM-centric educators understand the importance of the Arts, and learn how to incorporate STEM-based principles into your music classroom.

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