7 Effective Teachings Strategies for Band

7 Effective Teachings Strategies for Band
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I list the 7 effective strategies to teach rhythm, notes, articulations, playing in time, counting, dynamics, and fingerings, their purpose, the method for using each one, and the concept behind each one. Each strategy typically accomplishes one concept well, but not other ones. It took me years of teaching, experimenting, and reflection to work though this information and sort it out! (It shouldn't take you years!
You can use this table!) Using the right strategy will allow your students to hear what they are doing, learn faster, and clean up the sound of your band much quicker. These strategies are efficient and effective.

I also list the various combinations to use so that the students will learn quicker. For example: should you have your students tizzle if they are having rhythm problems? Probably not, there are several strategies that are much better. Should you always have your students use the Eastman syllables when counting? Maybe - there are some others that are less complicated (some middle school students stumble over using the right syllable in complicated patterns so the syllable is getting in the way of them learning the rhythm). Should you have your student clap to improve the dynamics? No (because that doesn't transfer to their air stream); there are strategies much better.

Hope this helps you become a more efficient and effective teacher and your students more successful!
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