Episode 183 – Is Getting a Master’s Degree Worthwhile and Affordable

An affordable master's degree

Although I have been in music my entire adult life – 34 years to be exact – I did not have a music degree until I was 43 years old. I had wanted to earn my master’s degree for many years, but kids, life, and cost prevented me. There are excellent master’s in music education that cost 25, 35, 50 thousand or more! Do you know what I paid for mine? Just $9,000! It’s more affordable than you think. And there were no student loans.

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Episode 182 – Should You Focus On Sound With Beginners – Here Are Three Tips

Great Sound from Beginning Band

Air will get you there! I learned this from one of my mentors when he would come to work with my band – and even as a professional musician – when taking lessons – I was told to USE MORE AIR. In this episode I share three tips to help your beginners get a fuller, rounder, thicker, more beautiful tone. It’s a process – a life long one at that!

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Episode 181 – Teaching Jazz Phrasing

Teaching Jazz Phrasing

I recently taught these exact same lessons to my 6th, 7th, and 8th grade bands. It didn’t take them long to get the hang of playing notes the proper length and acquiring a swing feel. In this episode, I lead you through the process to teach the same concepts to your band.

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Episode 180 – Have you thought of leaving the profession – Hang in there

Committed to Teaching Band

It has been a crazy year for teachers! Even though I KNOW I am where I am supposed to be, I still found myself looking at job postings at least 100x the last year. Listen in as I share from my heart about my calling and how those of us with a high EQ can navigate our crazy feelings.

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Episode 179 – Job Hunting Tips

It’s that season, where band teacher jobs are listed and many people change schools. Make sure you change for the RIGHT reason. Here are some tips that helped me a few years ago when I changed positions.

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Episode 178 – 7 Things They Don’t Teach You in College

College is great, but we don’t learn everything we need to know there. In this episode, I share seven things I wish I knew BEFORE I started teaching. Learn from my experience.

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Episode 177 – Help! I’m retiring/leaving and don’t know what kind of job to do

There is life after teaching band. It MAY be something still in music, but it may be something totally unrelated to music. You have many options!

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Episode 176 – Take Care of YOU

You are not going to be the best teacher you can be if you don’t put your needs first – physical, relational, spiritual. When you take care of you, you are more equipped to serve your students. Everything in life works under the pay now or pay later rule.

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Episode 175 – Creating a Great Culture

In this podcast, I share some great tips and ideas that you can use to create traditions and develop a great culture in your band. You must be intentional in this. The traditions you create will often be the memories that students think of years from now. You have the power to create a terrific culture!

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Episode 173 – Easy Ways to Incorporate Reading Into Band

What do you think when your principal tells you she would like for you to incorporate reading into band? Do you inwardly groan? Do you dread the thought of giving up an entire day of music for reading? It doesn’t have to be that way.

In this episode, I interview reading expert Dr. Danny Brassell. He shares tips and strategies to incorporate reading WITHOUT taking away from what you are doing musically. We should incorporate reading – and history – and music theory – and lift unheard voices – but we can do it seamlessly and as part of what we are already teaching,

Danny hated reading as a kid, and now he promotes reading to others. Find out more about Danny and get a free book when you go to www.readleadandsucceed.com.

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Episode 172 – 5 Tips for Student Engagement in an Online Environment

Even though teaching may look differently for a while, you can still engage your students!

In this episode, I share five tips that have worked for me.

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Episode 171 – Marching Band is Needed Now More Than Ever Before

These are trying times! Even though I currently don’t teach marching band, I am considering starting one at my middle school (I started and taught marching band for a decade or more at my previous school).

Through marching band, we learn team work and socialization and leadership skills!

Also see Episode 47: How To Start a Marching Band

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Episode 169 – Why I Don’t Do Christmas Concerts

This is a replay of an episode I recorded in 2012. Excuse the sound quality. Many of you may not even be doing ANY concerts this year, much less a Christmas concert. In this very short episode, I just wanted to share some of my thoughts on why I chose many years ago to not have Christmas concerts. Maybe this will give you an idea for the future, when concerts return and the pandemic is a thing of the past. Disclaimer – I do set students up in caroling groups and we go around the school, often with the choir. Easy – fun – very well received!

This is the last episode of 2020. I look forward to bringing you more content next year. I’d love to hear from you! Send me a question or comment at jamesthedivine@gmail.com.

Episode 168 – Why I Made the Shift to Teaching Business

A few weeks ago I did something I thought I would NEVER do – switch to teaching something besides music. Now this isn’t permanent, and I’m not advocating this for everyone. I share this primarily to encourage you that if you find yourself needing to shift for any reason, you CAN do it.

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Episode 167 – Radically Rethinking Grading

It’s time to radically rethink grading – not because of a pandemic but because our current way of grading is outdated. Imagine if you showed up for work Monday-Thursday and gave it your all, 100%, every day. But then you decided to slack off on Fridays and only give 10%. Your grade would be a B, but you would still use lose your job. Listen in as I share my radical grading. Do you think it can work? Email me and let me know your thoughts.

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Episode 166 – 6 Strategies for Surviving the Stress of Teaching Music

If you don’t actively seek ways of reducing the stress in your life, you ARE going to burn out. In this episode, I share six strategies for reducing that stress. I use all of these as part of my own plan to be able to teach for a LONG time.

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Episode 165 – Interview with DJ Eshelman

“Be the person your dog thinks you are.”…DJ Eshelman

Wow DJ! That seems almost impossible to attain.

Music teachers – you have powerful influence to change the young people in the world for good – or for bad. Join me as DJ shares stories about his life and developing a Better Than You Found It mindset. Find out more about DJ’s coaching, his blogs, and what’s happening in his life HERE. Also listen to his podcast Better Than You Found It.

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Episode 164 – Why Large Ensembles are STILL Important

Despite changes in our profession – or maybe because of these changes – large ensembles are more important than ever. Our groups invite collaboration, creativity, critical thinking, analysis, multi-tasking and dozens of other skills valued in society. In this episode I share why large ensembles are so important.

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Episode 163 – Don’t Neglect These Four Things

These four things – sleep, music, exercise, and eating properly – are ESSENTIAL if you want to be successful as a teacher.

Also check out this article about How to Say No to demands on your time.

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Episode 162 – 5 Tips to Gain 5 Hours in Your Week

We all wish we had more time, but we are all given the same amount. However, you can use your time wisely and save 5, 10, even 15 hours a week using the 5 strategies I share in this episode.

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Episode 161 – Starting the First Day of School Well

Investing 20 minutes or even several days in the right things at the start of the school year can reap days and maybe even weeks of saved time later. In this episode we cover greetings, getting instruments, passing out music, creating a seating chart, and more.

Create your own seating chart here: https://www.bgreco.net/band/

Get Harry Wong’s 1st Days of School here

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Episode 160 – 10 Band/Life Lessons I Learned from the Coronavirus

This coronavirus pandemic has taught me a lot. Even though it was difficult, it has made me a better person. In this episode I share ten things I learned about music and life.

Here is the music video link mentioned in the podcast: Flowing Water at Sunset

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Episode 159 – I Almost Didn’t Join 6th Grade Band

Episode 159

Thirty two years at a job I love – 22 years of that teaching! It’s hard to believe. But it’s also hard to believe that I almost didn’t join band. In this episode, I share my story of joining 6th grade band. Listen all the way through to the end as there is a free gift offer.

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Episode 158 – A Love Letter to Title I Teachers

Coronavirus definitely brought out some of the inequities in teaching. Many teachers at Title I schools found their students could not connect or were absent from online learning. Yet, you DO make a difference, and that’s why this love letter is devoted to you.

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Episode 157 – What To Do This Summer

Episode 157 – What to do this summer

What should I be doing this summer? How can I get back into playing my instrument? Should I start planning for next year? We talk about these things and more in today’s show. In the show, I mention the free download 40 Ways to Make Money as a Musician.

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Episode 156 – Searching for a Job

In this episode, I share several tips about job hunting, including the MOST important skill to have…Persistence.

Send your resume’ to me (not an expert but I’ll give it a look) at www.jamesdivine.net or check out an expert and get in touch with Kevin at careermaverick4@gmail.com.

Here’s the link to my Searching for a Job  article. It covers different areas than the podcast.

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Episode 154 – 8 Tips to Add Spice to Your Rehearsal

We can always make our rehearsals more interesting by adding some spiciness to them! What makes Italian food delicious is having the right spices in the right amounts. Check out these eight ideas. Incorporate some or all of them over several weeks, and if you like the podcast, consider supporting us at www.patreon.com/themusicedpodcast.