Not surprisingly, the growth journey of the young band director is strikingly similar.

Score study

Teaching strategies


The Proactive Rehearsal represented a shift in the way I was doing business. It made me a better teacher which, in turn, made my students better learners. This, of course, resulted in them becoming better performers. Admittedly, at first, it seems like a great deal of work on the front end. But once you get comfortable with the process, it actually reduces teaching and learning time substantially. For me, this approach to the teaching/learning process lessened those frustrating rehearsals in which the band never seemed to improve. I didn’t want to admit that they were failing to perform, because I was failing to prepare. Reactive teaching was not an effective or satisfying approach for me or my students. The Proactive Rehearsal concept improved my teaching and my band’s success. Perhaps it will do the same for you.



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