The Band World

The Secret Ingredient of Master Teachers

In the field of education, we are constantly reminded of the value of a qualified mentor. This truth is proven by the fact that many of us have become teachers because of a teacher. Whether it is the extended amount of time we spend with the teacher, or even the personal relationships developed as...


Criticize in Private, Praise in Public

We all want attention. Psychologists tell us it is the number-one payoff for the human creature. Attention confirms our very existence. In many cases, it tells us we are needed. The need to be needed is one of the distinctions between humans and other animals; in fact, for many it is more important...


Action: The Key to Motivation

“Motivation—where can I buy some?” “They never seem to reach their full potential. Just one time I wish they would all give 100 percent.” “This year’s class has so much talent, but we’re having an attitude problem!” Sound familiar? Ever made any of the above statements to your...


10 Myths about SYF Arts Presentation for Bands

A reality check This month has been stressful for those involved in the Band SYF. As a band instructor, I have been thinking over about the value of SYF and the preparations for it – how does this whole journey help students to grow in band art and understand music more? I hope this article...


Getting Serious About Being Positive

The title of this article should provoke some questions in your mind. Isn’t positive generally related with “happy,” “upbeat,” “fun,” or “not negative?” Although this is the popular premise, it is an incorrect interpretation and one that can keep many from further exploring the...


Dealing with Feelings of Insecurities

When there is any conflict between or among people, it generally stems from a kind of behavior that “turns off” someone else. (Adults label it a personality conflict, which is simply a fancy title describing a situation in which two or more people don’t agree.) Often, the term insecure is...


Score Analysis of Sunny Island

Preface In Japan, we have a monthly magazine called “Band Journal” published by Ongaku No Tomo Sha Corp. Every year, it publishes an analysis of set pieces for the All Japan Band Competition (AJBC) a few months before the competition. Similarly in this article, I’d like to share my ideas...

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