Changing Careers

Changing to Band Director

Tip #1 Research

The first thing you need to do when changing careers is to do research over the job that you're changing to. Because if you are interested in this job and have no clue what to do when they hire you then you won't last long with that program at the school.

Tip #2 Education

The second thing you'll need to do is to work on your education in that field of learning such as a Bachelor's degree in a music related field. If you have a degree in music education then that proves that you have some knowledge against that type of learning.

Tip #3 Plan Ahead

If you plan ahead of becoming a band director then you won't be as stressed when all of the students or colleagues are talking to you all at once. Such as make time to spend with your family, spouse, friends don't put your job first but be sure to put the kids first.

Tip #4 Become Open to Ideas

Becoming open to ideas is probably the best thing a band director can do. Such as if a kid asks if they could move around during rehearsals let so you can get them out of their comfort zone. Don't let them depend on section leaders or upperclassmen to play the part out or teach the part to them and baby them when it comes to it make the children learn the music on their own to make them become a better musician.

Tip #5 Go to Professional Conferences.

Sometimes it might be better off if you leave the kids with a substitute so one it gets them out of their comfort zone and also so you can take the time to pursue your band career without being at a school program. Ex: Join a honor band audition.

Any of this stuff can actually help you relief yourself of stress and actually help you become a better band director.

Tip #6 Teach the 4 T's

The four T's will help you and your students become a better musician. They are Timing, Tuning, Tone, Technique if you work on all of these then your band will be very successful.

Tip #7 Working on the Levels

Intermediate, Advanced, and Master

Working on these levels will help your students


Spring audition solo for your instrument performed at exceptional level

Nine clinic scales

Key recognition of major scales


Sightsing an easy level


All twelve major scales

Key recognition test for all major scales

Sightreading at Senior All-State level

One complete solo movement of your choosing for your instrument


Two movements of two contrasting standard concerti for your instrument Perform all three forms of minor for the following keys: A, E, Bb, F, C, G, D

Key recognition test for Majors, minors, and identification of relative maj/min
Sightreading through difficult mixed meter

Sightsing a difficult solfege requirement

Tip #8 Individual Performance

Working on Pinches, Rhythms, Timing, Intonation, Tone, Articulation, Dynamics Style

Working on all of these will improve you/your students performance on a instrument