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The Crossing The Break Podcast discusses the nuts and bolts of teaching clarinet at the beginning and intermediate levels. We will cover aspects of playing clarinet including tone, embouchure, hand position, tonguing, technique, range, fingerings, tuning and other clarinet-specific items. These ideas can be applied to beginning clarinet class, beginning band, intermediate or advanced clarinetists, and in an individual or group setting. The host of this podcast is Tamarie Sayger. A 1999 music ...
 
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Bobby Lambert talks about the hows and whys of student leadership, recommends some classic band pieces, and talks musical mentors. Head to Bobby and Jeff's Young's Podcast "That Band Life" at Apple Podcasts to hear more. For more content related to music education, visit www.thebandmasters.com, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Sticher Audio. FULL BIO f…
 
Bob Mecozzi, band director at Amos Alonzo Stagg High School in Palos Hills, IL, talks about the Getting Things Done system and how we can reduce stress by managing our tasks. For more content related to music education, visit www.thebandmasters.com, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Sticher Audio.By Bandmasters Podcast
 
Dr. Joe Manfredo talks about his time with Dr. Begian, provides literature suggestions, and discusses his research and publications in the area of band history and the undergraduate conducting curriculum. For more content related to music education, visit www.thebandmasters.com, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Sticher Audio. FULL BIO Joseph Manfredo i…
 
Tim DeBoer (Joliet West High School Choral Director and AP Music Theory teacher, Joliet, IL) and Peter Lipari (Joliet Township District 204 Orchestra Director and conductor of the West Suburban Symphony) talk opera. Tune in for recommendations of full productions, selected highlights, and find out that knowing the story before you go in might just …
 
Chris Gleason talks to me about educational purpose and autonomy during the quarantine, and how students can effectively practice (even if they don't have an instrument at home). I also highly recommend watching Chris's TedX talk at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C4CzFQ7Esi4 for even more insight into education, motivation, purpose, and autonomy. …
 
Sebastian Martinez is the senior drum major of the Joliet Central High School Band. In this episode, Sebastian recommends some of his favorite Latin music. Links are provided below. Moncayo - Huapango (Alondra de la Parra, Orchestre de Paris) https://youtu.be/NbgAHpD4W_8 El Cumbanchero - Windstars Ensemble https://youtu.be/qeqlhl9xQ2I Arturo Márque…
 
Kirk Hickman, band director at Hinsdale South High School in Hinsdale, IL, and Eric Wellman, band director at Joliet West High School in Joliet, IL, provide some tips and resources on how percussionists can practice at home (and how percussionists are already used to this type of practice!). Some suggested links from the video/audio: Vic Firth: htt…
 
We are hearing a lot from policymakers and pundits about the current situation but not a lot from our students. Joliet Central High School band seniors Yanni Ovalle and Alexus Maldonado talk about how they are dealing with the current global pandemic, how they manage their days, reflect on e-learning, and offer advice to underclassmen. Visit us at …
 
Steven Pyter and Jermaine Stegall discuss composing, recommended listening, and provide some advice on what you can do NOW to begin composing, creating, or arranging. Steven Pyter is a published composer of school band works from Joliet, IL. Jermaine Stegall is a film composer originally from Joliet, IL, now residing in LA. Don Stinson couldn't com…
 
Dr. Charlie Menghini of Band Talk with Charlie Menghini and Friends speaks with me about how and why we should put our dreams and ambitions into action. Listen to the Bandmasters Podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or direct download at www.thebandmasters.com. https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-bandmasters-podcast/id923873966 Listen to Band …
 
Happy end of the school year/pre-Midwest Clinic! Matt Bufis and I discuss his journey to Illinois, adapting a program to the current needs of students, repertoire selection, and work-life balance. Musical selections featured in this episode include March for the Sultan Abdul Madjid by Rossini and After the Thunderer by Hearshen. Both selections are…
 
I hope everyone is enjoying their first days back to school! Please enjoy this episode with Alex Kaminsky, Director of Bands at VanderCook College of Music. We talk about Alex’s musical upbringing, transitioning to a college band, and repeating success. Music credit: special thanks to Harrison Collins for permission to use his composition O rose of…
 
Matt Temple discusses the music program at New Trier High School, philosophies on competition in music, and comprehensive musicianship. FULL BIO Matt Temple was appointed Director of Bands at New Trier High School in 2007. He conducts the curricular Freshman Concert Band, Concert Jazz Ensemble, Varsity Wind Ensemble, and Symphonic Wind Ensemble. Hi…
 
Referred to as the “Band Pioneer,” A.R. McAllister would help to promote the high school band movement in the early 1900’s. Part one of A.R. McAllister takes us through his early years up to the National High School Band contests in the 1930s. My sources for this episode included scholarly writings from Philip Hash, Illinois State University, and J…
 
Let’s kick off summer with an interview with Dr. Rodney C. Dorsey, Director of Bands, Indiana University. Dr. Dorsey discusses his musical upbringing, building connections with students, competition in music, and warns us of the dangers of not ordering buses for our band. Special thanks to George Quinlan, Jr. for helping to set this interview up an…
 
“With most people of my generation, and the generation that preceded me, we tend to be doom and gloom because everyone isn’t doing it the way we did it . . . , no matter what people tell you, bands are better today than they’ve ever been.” James F. Keene took a break from conducting the ILMEA All-State Honors band at IMEC 2019 to sit down with R. S…
 
Dr. Melissa Gustafson-Hinds was gracious enough to sit down for an interview at our recent Illinois Music Education Association State Conference. Dr. Gustafson-Hinds speaks about how she handles working with students that might move in or out of her school, balancing a schedule that includes band, choir, winter guard, jazz, and a family, and her go…
 
Happy Belated New Year! My colleague R. Scott Barnas and I had the opportunity to sit down with Professor Gary Smith at the Midwest Clinic. We also had the pleasure of having a “party-crasher” show up; Dr. Cody Birdwell from the University of Kentucky was a welcome surprise to this interview. Professor Smith talks about growing up in an arts family…
 
Going out of town for Thanksgiving? Our interview with Robert Herrings would make for great listening on that long car ride. Robert has some fantastic advice about objectives in band, what new teachers should do when they don’t know what to do, and programming for every kid in your ensemble. Mr. Herrings has hands down one of the most impressive ba…
 
John Thomson made the drive to Joliet to talk about programming, commissioning new music, and comprehensive musicianship. Mr. Thomson goes into detail about his musical career including his assistantship with Mr. John Paynter and his time at East Allegheny High School in Pennsylvania and New Trier High School in Winnetka, Illinois.…
 
Bruce Pearson is the first composer I ever played, so this was a particular treat to interview him. Dr. Pearson outlines his career teaching at all levels, discusses learning theories, and speaks about his experience writing and publishing music, including the Best in Class, Standards of Excellence, and Tradition of Excellence Band Methods. Dr. Pea…
 
Jim Stombres talks about his career, working on a team, changing a culture, and surrounding yourself with talented and hard-working people. Jim has taught almost all levels of band, and even though he's retired, he's still going. Jim is one of the most appreciative and thoughtful teachers that I've met. I hope this episode gets you charged up and i…
 
Arris Golden shares her career path, speaks on middle school and college recruitment, and goes into detail on the process for commissioning works for school programs. Arris brings forth a wide variety of music education experience and stories. I had a blast sitting down with her, and hope to speak with her again soon! FULL BIO Arris Golden is the a…
 
On this episode, I sit down with Wendy Higdon. Wendy Higdon is the Director of Bands and Unified Arts Department Chair at Creekside Middle School in Carmel, IN. Sitting down with Wendy was a fun conversation. Her experiences include opening up a brand new school as a band director and fine arts administrator, performing at the Midwest Clinic, in he…
 
I was excited this summer to sit down with Scott Casagrande, Director of Bands at John Hersey High School in Arlington Heights, IL. Scott has some fantastic sounding ensembles, and has been a great help to me when I've reached out with questions about literature selection and teaching techniques. On this episode, Scott discusses his musical upbring…
 
I told a few people prior to publishing this episode that the next guest would be Dan Moore. The response was unanimous, but the inflection varied: "oh man, I gotta hear that guy." Dan Moore took a break from his recent retirement to come talk to me about his small-town beginnings, teaching techniques, advice on jazz band, and his thoughts on march…
 
This episode covers the following aspects of teaching clarinet - beginning band games: Staying Positive Reasonable Expectations Reading Books & Hanging out with Experienced Directors Evaluation/Feedback Show notes can be found at CrossingTheBreak.com Keywords: Music education, band director, teaching clarinet, teaching music, music ed…
 
This is part of the series “Finishing the Year Strong in Beginning Clarinet Class.” This episode covers the following aspects of teaching clarinet: Rhythmic priorities Rhythm activities Show notes can be found at CrossingTheBreak.com Keywords: Music education, band director, teaching clarinet, teaching music, music ed…
 
This is part of the series “Finishing the Year Strong in Beginning Clarinet Class.” This episode covers the following aspects of teaching clarinet: Why I start games later in the year Favorite Clarinet Song in May Band Jeopardy Connect 4 Drop Out (how to introduce & increase intensity later) Beat the Band Director Show notes can be found at Crossin…
 
This is part of the series “Finishing the Year Strong in Beginning Clarinet Class.” This episode covers the following aspects of teaching clarinet: Full Range Chromatic Saying Fingerings in Rhythm Possible Order of 1 Octave Scales Possible Order of 2 Octave Scales Arpeggios Show notes can be found at CrossingTheBreak.com Keywords: Music education, …
 
This is part of the series “Finishing Strong in Beginning Clarinet Class.” This episode covers the following aspects of teaching clarinet: Exercises students should be playing daily at this point How and why to teach them PDF of the spring beginning band warm-up Show notes can be found at CrossingTheBreak.com Keywords: Music education, band directo…
 
After a long hiatus, we're ready to get back into it by saying OSKEE WOW WOW. Steve and I visited the University of Illinois and sat down with Professor Barry Houser in the historic Harding Band building. Professor Houser talks about his journey to the Big Ten, going digital with the marching band, things that go "bump in the night" in the Harding …
 
This episode covers the following aspects of teaching clarinet: 2 requirements for a switch 2 preferred features for a switch Other considerations when choosing recruiting the right kids Show notes can be found at CrossingTheBreak.com Keywords: Music education, band director, teaching clarinet, teaching music, music ed…
 
This episode covers the following aspects of teaching clarinet: Having flutes, clarinet and saxes together Having 90 minute classes every other day Centers for assessment purposes Ways to get time with individual sections Show notes can be found at CrossingTheBreak.com Keywords: Music education, band director, teaching clarinet, teaching music, mus…
 
This episode is part of the series “Teaching Beginning Clarinet – Mastering the Middle of the Year.” This episode covers the following aspects of teaching clarinet: How to make Demonstration Day "Contagious" Performance Day and making it "Contagious" Drop Out Contest and making it "Contagious" Show notes can be found at CrossingTheBreak.com Keyword…
 
This episode is part of the series “Teaching Beginning Clarinet – Mastering the Middle of the Year.” This episode covers the following aspects of teaching clarinet: What to say/not to say about crossing the break 4 Objectives that must be met before teaching crossing the break How to introduce A-B for the first time Tips for intermediate players fo…
 
This is part of the series “Teaching Beginning Band - Mastering the Middle of the Year.” This episode covers the following aspects of teaching clarinet: Tetrachords Benefits/Drawbacks Specific benefit of each scale (first octave) Show notes can be found at CrossingTheBreak.com Keywords: clarinet, music education, band director, teaching clarinet, t…
 
This is part of the series “Teaching Beginning Band - Mastering the Middle of the Year.” This episode covers the following aspects of teaching clarinet: Analyzing New Lines Clarinet "tricky spots" 4 Steps to a New Line Show notes can be found at CrossingTheBreak.com Keywords: Music education, band director, teaching clarinet, teaching music, music …
 
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