Archive | November, 2009

10 Activities to Help You Become a Tech Savvy Band Director

I had a wonderful opportunity early in my teaching to work with a colleague (a Baby Boomer) who loved technology.  He knew what he wanted the technology to do for him but often lacked the “how to” skills. Mentoring him taught me how to help others become more tech savvy.  Here are 10 activities to […]

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“To Swab or Not to Swab?” That is the question!

By Judith D. Burke As I think back on my years of teaching instrumental lessons, private instruction and my own personal playing, encouraging students to SWAB their instruments at times seemed to be an issue of debate.  After having the “germs growing and thriving in moist dark areas” discussion, most students are eager to get […]

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viaAcademies and the Warrior Run Middle School Unite

We are thrilled to announce our partnership with the Warrior Run Middle School, Turbotville PA.  Warrior Run will be rolling out viaAcademies to the middle school band students in grades 5-8.  I am so happy to be working with Mr. Robert (BJ) Hickey.  His forward thinking vision is always present.  When we began talking about […]

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Giving Students a Reason to Practice

A recent question on Band Director started “Hello, I am in my 3rd year of teaching junior high. No matter what I ‘teach’ my students, they are not willing to put in any effort outside of school. Do you have any advice?” We are often so concerned about what we teach our students, that we […]

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What’s In Your Teacher Toolbox?

It’s time for an activity.  Imagine your instructional methodologies as individual tools in a teacher toolbox.  First let’s look at the general “types” of tools in your toolbox.  For example, in a typical toolbox there may be screwdrivers, wrenches and hammers. Under each of these types is an infinite number of tools for specific jobs, […]

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