Teaching Band with Excellence: A Comprehensive Curricular, Pedagogical, and Administrative Resource, by Bruce Pearson and Ryan Nowlin is a practical companion to any band method, Teaching Band with Excellence compiles effective teaching tools and valuable insight from the creators of Tradition of Excellence. The chapters are organized in four sections of focus:
Curriculum—Chapters in this section address the application of techniques and musicality for the concert band in general, including charts and graphics to illustrate and reinforce the concepts.
Instruments—This portion of the book covers each instrument in the band, acquainting the director with the basic mechanics, intonation tendencies, appropriate fingerings, and troubleshooting techniques for each instrument. Diagrams, musical examples, and photographs enhance the descriptive text and provide visual aids. Video lessons and further tools are also available in the Teaching Band with Excellence Interactive Teacher Studio at www.kjos.com/its.
Administration—A band director’s job extends beyond the classroom, and this Administration section covers the paperwork, planning, promotion, and resources necessary for the development of a balanced member in educational and community networks. Customizable forms are available in the Teaching Band with Excellence Interactive Teacher Studioat www.kjos.com/its.
Personal and Professional Growth—Often omitted from band director resources, this section includes chapters on Establishing a Resume and Cover Letter, Professional Development, and Time Management and Personal Wellness.