• July 28, 2021:

Composer and Educator, Robert Jager- interviewed by Monte Dunnum.

  • June 23, 2021: Conductor and Educator, Larry Livingston - interviewed by Monte Dunnum.

  • May 26, 2021: Composer Morten Lauridsen, interviewed by Conductor Larry Livingston of the USC-Thornton School of Music

Do you have a suggestion or recommendation for band director must read books? Let us know.

Later this summer, (tentatively, the second half of July and August,) ASBDA will sponsor a book study group with Start Where You Are, But Don't Stay There: Understanding Diversity, Opportunity Gaps, and Teaching in Today's Classrooms, by Richard Milner IV. Tentative plans include at least four Zoom one-hour sessions for group discussion following specific reading assignments. (We will take into account feedback from those interested before we schedule the sessions.) Our focus will be on identifying specific connections and applications to our subject area of instrumental music. Documentation for continuing education/professional development credit will be provided to those who complete the study.

Understanding your Students & Colleagues:

Start Where You Are, But Don't Stay There: Understanding Diversity, Opportunity Gaps, and Teaching in Today's Classrooms, by Richard Milner IV

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain

Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy by Sheryl Sandburg

Motivation & Focus:

Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel Pink

The Inner Game of Music by Barry Green

Talent is Overrated: What Really Geoff Colvin

The Talent Code: Greatness Isn’t Born. It’s Grown. Here’s How. byDaniel Coyle

Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth

Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol Dweck

Nudge: Improving Decisions… by Richard Thaler & Cass Sunstein

Contagious: Why Things Catch On by Jonah Berger

Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together by Simon Sinek

Music Education:

The Artistry of Teaching and Making Music by Richard Floyd

On Teaching Band by Eddie Green & Mary Ellen Cavitt

The Band Director’s Companion by Harry Haines & Gary Garner

Teaching Music with Passion: Conducting, Rehearsing and Inspiring by Peter Boonshaft

Pathways: A Guide for Energizing & Enriching Band by Joseph Alsobrook

Rehearsing the Band by John E. Williamson

Habits of a Successful Middle School Band Director by Scott Rush, Jeff Scott & Emily Wilkinson

Maestro: A Surprising Story About Leading by Listening by Roger Nierenberg

The Art of Successful Teaching by Tim Lautzenheiser

The Joy of Inspired Teaching by Tim Lautzenheiser

Importance of Music Education:

The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything by Ken Robinson

A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future by Daniel Pink

In Defense of a Liberal Education by Fareed Zakaria

Educational Theory:

Teaching with Poverty in Mind: What Being Poor Does to Kids’ Brains… by Eric Jensen

Engaging Students with Poverty in Mind: Practical Strategies by Eric Jensen

The Smartest Kids in the World: And How They Got That Way by Amanda Ripley

The First Days of School: How to Be an Effective Teacher by Harry Wong & Rosemary Wong


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