100 episodes

So, you’re finishing school or you’ve signed a contract. While other new band directors are just trying to survive that first year, what can you do to thrive? Each episode will give you direct, usable information based on actual experiences relevant to your needs as a future or beginning band director. So grab your earbuds or turn up the car stereo, and let me give you some great program notes for success.

Episodes release on either the 2nd or 4th Thursdays of each month (sometimes both).

Program Notes: The Band Director Podcast John M. Denis

    • Education
    • 5.0 • 58 Ratings

So, you’re finishing school or you’ve signed a contract. While other new band directors are just trying to survive that first year, what can you do to thrive? Each episode will give you direct, usable information based on actual experiences relevant to your needs as a future or beginning band director. So grab your earbuds or turn up the car stereo, and let me give you some great program notes for success.

Episodes release on either the 2nd or 4th Thursdays of each month (sometimes both).

    Episode 104: Lynn Brinckmeyer

    Episode 104: Lynn Brinckmeyer

    On this episode I'm joined by Lynn Brinckmeyer to talk about getting through the early stages of your career and making the switch to cover vocal music in the classroom. She's asked me to share her contact info here, so you can reach her at either lynnbrinckmeyer@gmail.com or lbrinckmeyer@txstate.edu.

    • 58 min
    Episode 103: Jeff King

    Episode 103: Jeff King

    In this episode I'm joined by Jeff King, extremely successful band director, fine arts administrator, and author of the popular Foundations for Superior Performance in Band books to talk about what administrators look for in a new employee, rehearsal strategies, and more.

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Episode 102 - Kyle Smith

    Episode 102 - Kyle Smith

    On this episode Kyle Smith and I have a great chat about band, and tips for young teachers. Kyle is an excellent band director and fellow podcaster out of Maine. 

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Episode 101: Adam Chitta

    Episode 101: Adam Chitta

    In this episode Adam Chitta talks about working with deaf and hearing impaired students in band.

    Personal email: adamchitta@gmail.com

    Facebook Group link (Music is for ALL in our Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Community): https://www.facebook.com/groups/3543764315895855/

    Soundbrenner Metronome referral link: https://snbr.io/adam-chitta 

    Midwest Clinic details: https://www.midwestclinic.org/2023_clinician_Edward_Ercilla

    Texas Health and Human Services - Deaf Tuition Waiver: https://www.hhs.texas.gov/services/disability/deaf-hard-hearing/tuition-waiver

    • 54 min
    Episode 100: Student Teaching

    Episode 100: Student Teaching

    In this episode, I share my thoughts about how to have a successful student teaching experience. 

    • 44 min
    Episode 99: Jarrett Lipman - Part 2

    Episode 99: Jarrett Lipman - Part 2

    In these episodes, I'm joined by Jarrett Lipman, head band director at Claudia Taylor Johnson HS in North East ISD. 

    • 35 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
58 Ratings

58 Ratings

jbnunes07 ,

GREAT tips and reminders!

This podcast is filled with tons of great advice and tips for band directors at all levels of teaching experience. It should be required listening. Love it!

Me9999999abc ,

Not just beginning band.

This is a great podcast. I’ve been listening to this for a few months now, and there are so many great tips and ideas and other resources here for any band teacher at any level. Give this a listen, see what I mean.

Moreluck ,

Incredibly Helpful

I'm a new HS band director and I'm only 3 episodes in but every episode has helped me so much, especially the intonation one. Intonation is something I really struggle with and this episode provided so much valuable information. I like that you give specific ideas and tips rather than vague overarching ideas. Right now I'm in survival mode and I need specific tips, so this is perfect.

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