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.
We have a guest who teaches choir! No really. It’s not a joke.
John’s percussion instructor drops by to talk about some strategies and resources for teaching percussion.
Julie’s Back! This time the topic she brought with her is about inclusion strategies for students who may otherwise not be able to participate in a music program.
We caught up with Brad Townsend in the middle of the conference.
We found a slightly quieter location and sat down with Michael Sweeney to talk about literature selection.
Duane Hill is the director of the Texas Tech University “Goin’ Band from Raiderland” as well as director of the Concert Band. We met with him to discuss student leadership.
We bring on our friend Julie to talk about Growth vs. Fixed mindsets and teaching music.
Julie’s blog can be found here: http://officehourstbd.blogspot.com/
For our first episode back after summer (not all of us were teaching yet), we brought in a friend who has been teaching a bit longer, but has recently completed a masters degree over summers and is still taking opportunities regularly every summer to grow.