Welcome to Woodwind & Brasswind’s Winter Reading Series, designed to give useful tips and exciting ideas for the new semester.

Whether you're looking for tips on getting involved with music education advocacy or easing the transition from marching season to concert band, Woodwind & Brasswind has the resources to help.

Browse the topics below for tools and suggestions you can utilize in your classroom. New articles are added every week through the winter!

 

Music Education Advocacy: How to Get Involved

The fight to keep music budgets and programs alive is a tough one, so it’s important for music teachers and educators to communicate the importance of music education and to take on the role of music education advocates.

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Transitioning from Marching Season to Concert Season

As you know all too well, marching band season is totally consuming. You spend all summer planning, then band camp hits and you’re in the thick of it for months with practices, performances, fundraisers and other events. But as your group’s last marching performance becomes a memory, you now must move straight into concert band season.

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Finding a Balance: Quality vs. Affordability

Each child’s first instrument will play a critical role in whether he or she will learn to practice, make the effort to care for the instrument, and ultimately, decide to stick with playing and progressing in the craft. With the beginning instrument so critical to success, many music educators are faced with striking a balance between quality and affordability.

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Advice for New Band Directors

Whether you’re a new band director or music teacher who has recently graduated or you’re an experienced educator who is starting at a new school, you may be feeling overwhelmed and underprepared. But take heart! With these 10 tips, you’ll be well on your way to a successful school year.

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Successfully Dealing with Difficult Parents

Inevitably you will be faced with the challenge of parents who for one reason or another are difficult to deal with. Understanding these various personalities and arming yourself with a plan to handle tough parents will reduce your stress level and allow you to focus on the positive aspects of your career.

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