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Advice for Beginning Band/Orchestra Directors

A prolific composer, educator and author, the late Sandy Feldstein has published dozens of books on music instruction, as well as hundreds of stand-alone compositions, all of which are used daily by thousands of music students and professional performers. Among the best known of these are Alfred’s Drum Method, his Practical Theory series and The Snare Drum Rudiment Dictionary. Feldstein holds a doctorate from Columbia University, and has served as Professor of Music Education at the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam. ASCAP has recognized his excellence by granting him an ASCAP Standard Award for Composition every year since 1964. Mr. Feldstein was also a 2005 inductee into the Percussive Arts Society Hall of Fame, and chairs the NARAS (Grammy) Educational Committee.

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There are things they don’t teach you in college about being a band director that are important to know; things that go beyond teaching someone to play an instrument. Sandy Feldstein offers excellent advice about soliciting support of other teachers for your program, recruiting kids for your band and retaining them in your program, and very important advice such as “get to know the custodian!” This clip is a must-see for anyone pursuing a career in teaching music.

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August 06
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