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Tools and Strategies for Success in Teaching Beginning Band

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  • The Rice Middle School Band staff will share tools that they have developed over the years for planning, motivating, assessing, and communicating in beginning band classes that have proven successful in developing a strong middle school band program. The focus will be on authentic documents, including objective sheets, assignment sheets, weekly theory sheets, testing rubrics, practice records, and performance evaluation sheets.
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  • Jason Tucker, Rob Chilton, and David Lipe are the band directors at Rice Middle School in Plano, Texas. Under their direction the Rice Band has earned recognition as a Texas Music Educators Association State Honor Band Finalist in 2008 and 2009 and has also received national acclaim for outstanding performance while maintaining an enrollment of more than 450 students for the past ten years. Tucker, Chilton, and Lipe have also been recognized for their efforts in developing curricular resources for beginning band classes and have presented several professional development sessions and clinics on efficient and effective planning, motivation, and communication.