Strategies, Tips, and Activities for the Effective Band Director: Targeting Student Engagement and Comprehension is a resourceful collection of highly effective teaching strategies, solutions, and activities for band directors. Chapters are aligned to cover common topics, presenting several practical lesson ideas for each topic. In most cases, each pedagogical suggestion is supported by excerpts from standard concert band literature. Topics covered include:

  • score study shortcuts;
  • curriculum development;
  • percussion section management;
  • group and individual intonation;
  • effective rehearsal strategies;
  • and much more!

This collection of specific concepts, ideas, and reproducible pedagogical methods—not unlike short lesson plans—can be used easily and immediately. Ideal for band directors of students at all levels, Strategies, Tips, and Activities for the Effective Band Director is the product of more than three decades of experience, presenting innovative approaches, as well as strategies that have been borrowed, revised, and adapted from scores of successful teachers and clinicians.

chapter 1|4 pages


The "Why" of This Book
ByRobin Linaberry

chapter 2|28 pages

Score Study

ByRobin Linaberry

chapter 3|24 pages

Warm-UPS and More

ByRobin Linaberry

chapter 4|20 pages

On the Sound

Tone Quality, Blend, Dynamics, Ensemble Balance, and Articulations
ByRobin Linaberry

chapter 5|20 pages

Intonation and Tuning

ByRobin Linaberry

chapter 6|31 pages

Rhythm, Meter, And Tempo

ByRobin Linaberry

chapter 7|21 pages


ByRobin Linaberry

chapter 8|25 pages

In the Rehearsal

ByRobin Linaberry

chapter 9|14 pages

The "Intangibles"

ByRobin Linaberry

chapter 10|14 pages


ByRobin Linaberry

chapter 11|12 pages

The School Marching Band Program

ByChristian Carichner

chapter 12|17 pages

Conducting the School Jazz Ensemble

ByDaniel Fabricius