Parenting Musical Prodigies | A Guide For Parents of Music Students

Parenting Musical Prodigies | A Guide For Parents of Music Students
If you’re wondering how to be successful at parenting musical prodigies, you’ve come to the right place. It can be difficult (and often expensive) to choose the healthiest educational tools that will best foster your child’s talents. There are a million and one resources, from online resources to band camp to...

Critique with Judges

Critique with Judges
This blog is based on Jeff Young’s “Marching Band Tips Part One- Managing Critique with Judges.” This specific blog focuses on his tip number 1, listening to the judge’s tapes before you go into the critique. There are a lot of reasons this is so beneficial and throughout this post,...

Proper Drumming Posture

Proper Drumming Posture
Posture is one of the most important principles when learning to play an instrument, and that certainly includes learning how to play the drums. Good posture is very important when learning how to play the drums, just as it is for every instrument. You may not consider posture very important...

Marching Band Tips Part 2 – Sing, Mouthpiece, Play

Marching Band Tips Part 2 – Sing, Mouthpiece, Play
One of the best ways to develop the ear’s ability to guide the performer through exercises is by first singing it, then playing it on the mouthpiece and finally performing the excerpt on the actual instrument. It is a very simple concept, but dedicating a portion of every marching band...

Marching Band Tips Part 3 – The NEW Posture Checklist

Marching Band Tips Part 3 – The NEW Posture Checklist
This blog touches on proper posture in marching band with an emphasis in general application in our everyday musical instrument lessons, regardless of the instrument. We also want to touch on how good posture also impacts your overall physical health and appearance, increasing the longevity as a musician. Why is...

How to Choose a Music School

How to Choose a Music School
How to choose a music school is a major life decision. Students interested in studying music in college have two options: conservatory or university? How to Choose a Music School There are a lot of different types of collegiate music programs, and understanding the differences can be confusing for students...

Marching Band Tips Part 1 – Managing Critique with Judges

Marching Band Tips Part 1 – Managing Critique with Judges
You are positive that you should have won the show. Your kids have been working hard, everyone says that you have a creative show. Every marching band director has had this experience. Here are some tips and tricks from a current DCI staff member and BOA judge to help you...

Benefits of Playing in Band

Benefits of Playing in Band
As a child, one of the most exciting things about moving up from Elementary to Middle School or Junior High is the opportunity to play in a band class. Outside of the thrilling opportunity to take a step away from monotonous schooling and make some noise in a band room,...