“Your Second Five Years of Teaching” with Jonathan Grantham

 

This week we brought on the director from Amador Valley High School, Jonathan Grantham to talk about the growth in his teaching from when he started at his school 14 years ago to bringing his band to the Midwest Clinic. This interview was done via Skype, and so had challenges with audio quality, but the quality of our guest should more than make up for it.

Mr. Grantham directs a band program of 300 students involved in five concert ensembles, two jazz bands, the marching band, chamber ensembles, winter percussion, and two winter guards.

In his fourteen years at Amador Valley the band program has grown to more than double in size and has earned consistent superior ratings and high honors at each event entered.  Amador’s top wind ensemble performed at the CBDA state conference in 2007 and 2010 and performed at the 67th Annual Midwest Clinic in Chicago in 2013.

Mr. Grantham recently started writing a blog titled The Accidental Expert to catalog his experiences as a teacher.

Classroom Management Resources

If you’re like me, every couple of months you wind up with a Music Educator’s Journal in your school mailbox. You’ll thumb through it, find that one article that applies to you specifically and read it over some coffee in those few quiet minutes before the kids swarm you and the day has begun. Eventually, you’ll remember to politely file it away with the bajillion other periodicals that show up in your mailbox and promise yourself you’ll read it in its entirety eventually…

I’ve had a project gnawing at the back of my mind to break this cycle, or at least amend it. I’ve gone through the last 25 years the Music Educator’s Journal and found the articles relating to classroom management and discipline and collected them all in one place. If you’re a student teacher, in grad school or just in the early stages of teaching, I hope this can be as useful to you as I imagine it would have been for me. The articles aren’t scholarly articles like the JRME or Update, they’re 3-5 pages from a magazine designed for busy teachers. It shouldn’t be too much trouble to print one out and read it over a weekend or even on your prep.

To view the links it’s going to take a little bit of work. Time to dig out your NAfME membership card (or dig through your email). You’re going to have to follow the link below and register via NAfME with your nine digit id number (mine was only 6 digits so I needed to add three zeros at the front of it). Make sure you select NAfME as your society.

https://online.sagepub.com/cgi/activate/basic

It’s a pain in the neck, but there is such a wealth of information and wisdom that veteran teachers and researchers have come up with that it’s completely worth it – and this is just articles from the music educator’s journal!

Douglas Bartholomew: Effective Strategies for Praising Students: Douglas Bartholomew discusses various purposes that teachers have in mind when they use praise and urges them to match the praise to the purpose

Music Educators Journal November 1993 80: 40-43

 http://mej.sagepub.com/content/80/3/40.full.pdf+html

Lee G. Barrow: Programming Rehearsals for Student Success: When conductors program rehearsals, their ensembles work harder, have a more positive attitude, and give better performances

Music Educators Journal September 1994 81: 26-28

http://mej.sagepub.com/content/81/2/26.full.pdf+html

William I. Bauer: Classroom Management for Ensembles:Effective preparation, good teaching, and fair and consistent discipline can help teachers manage ensembles of any size. Here are some useful ideas for your classroom

Music Educators Journal, May 2001; vol. 87, 6: pp. 27-32.

http://mej.sagepub.com/content/87/6/27.full.pdf+html

Glenn H. Buck: Classroom Management and the Disruptive Child: Glenn H. Buck outlines a range of nonintrusive and intrusive strategies for effective classroom management of inappropriate behaviors

Music Educators Journal November 1992 79: 36-42

http://mej.sagepub.com/content/79/3/36.full.pdf+html

Darla Eshelman and Joy Nelson: A Teacher’s Guide to First-Year Survival: A degree in music education cant prepare you for every aspect of being a teacher. Here are some first-year guidelines

Music Educators Journal July 1994 81: 29-47

http://mej.sagepub.com/content/81/1/29.full.pdf+html

Debra G. Gordon: Classroom Management Problems and Solutions: A few basic guidelines for classroom management can improve student behavior and reduce stress on the music educator

Music Educators Journal, September 2001; vol. 88, 2: pp. 17-23.

http://mej.sagepub.com/content/88/2/17.full.pdf+html

Alan J. Gumm: Music Teaching Style Ideas and Implications: Alan J. Gumm looks at dimensions of music teaching style and at how teachers can understand and adjust their style to balance personal, curricular, and student needs

Music Educators Journal January 1994 80: 33-36

http://mej.sagepub.com/content/80/4/33.full.pdf+html

Margaret Merrion: How Master Teachers Handle Discipline

Music Educators Journal October 1990 77: 26-29

http://mej.sagepub.com/content/77/2/26.full.pdf+html

Margaret Merrion: Classroom Management for Beginning Music Educators

Music Educators Journal, October 1991; vol. 78, 2: pp. 53-56.

http://mej.sagepub.com/content/78/2/53.full.pdf+html

Douglas Nimmo: Judicious Discipline in the Music Classroom: Applying the principles of the Bill of Rights can establish a rehearsal environment that observes everyone’s civil rights and responsibilities

Music Educators Journal January 1997 83: 27-32

http://mej.sagepub.com/content/83/4/27.full.pdf+html

Jill Reese: The Four Cs of Successful Classroom Management

Music Educators Journal, September 2007; vol. 94, 1: 24-29.

http://mej.sagepub.com/content/94/1/24.full.pdf+html

David W. Snyder: Classroom Management for Student Teachers: For most music education students, student teaching offers the first chance to test their belief system concerning classroom management

Music Educators Journal January 1998 84: 37-40

http://mej.sagepub.com/content/84/4/37.full.pdf+html

William David Stufft: Two Rules for Professional Conduct: Two basic rules can help education professionals stay out of trouble in the area of sexual harassment

Music Educators Journal July 1997 84: 40-42

http://mej.sagepub.com/content/84/1/40.full.pdf+html

Darwin E. Walker: A Survival Kit for New Music Teachers: Dealing with the unknown factors of future students and future co-workers is not always easy. Darwin E. Walker helps out with some “dos” and “don’ts” for the new teacher

Music Educators Journal September 1993 80: 27-29

http://mej.sagepub.com/content/80/2/27.full.pdf+html

Glenys Wignes: Strategies to Improve Student Response: Teachers may be quick to borrow phrases from their childhood to admonish their students. Glenys Wignes looks at more encouraging ways to speak to students

Music Educators Journal January 1995 81: 27-32

http://mej.sagepub.com/content/81/4/27.full.pdf+html