Quick Reference for Band Directors by Ronald E. Kearns


Quick Reference for Band Directors by Ronald E. Kearns

Quick Reference for Band Directors is a go-to guide for new and experienced band directors. With tips on recruiting and retaining members, preparing lesson plans and program objectives, developing a booster group, budgeting, classroom management, using technology, and making emergency repairs, this book will soon number among your closest advisors. Learn how to build, maintain, and improve your program. Get tips on how to structure concert band, symphonic band, wind ensemble, marching band, small ensembles, jazz band, and pep band while developing musicianship. The book focuses on high school band programs but offers advice for elementary and middle school directors as well. Read it sequentially or select the chapters most pertinent to you. You'll come back again and again to benefit from the author's thirty years of teaching.


Ron Kearns has created a thorough, detailed, and practical approach to developing a successful band program based on the experiences and knowledge he acquired as a band director for thirty years. Well done! -- Robert White, instructional facilitator of music, Howard County Public Schools Ron Kearns

- rookie or not. It is full of ideas and tips that are immediately applicable and usable. -- Bill Hollin, music educator, Barbara Ingram School for the Arts, Hagerstown, Maryland Ron Kearns


...it helps solve problems. Band directors have to be 'jacks of all trades'-this book arms them with all the tools and suggestions they need to become successful instrumental music teachers. It is well thought out and presented in an easy-to-read manner. -- Willie L. Hill Jr., chair, MENC Society for Jazz Education Ron Kearns

-to-manual on seemingly everything you need to know about presenting solid principles on the fundamentals of building a successful band program. I highly recommend this book to not only the newly minted band director, but to those experienced directors who are still looking for better, more efficient ways to develop their programs. -- Rufus Jones Jr. Everything you need to know at your fingertips-from a director who has done it all. An excellent resource for new directors as well as experienced ones. -- Sally Wagner, director of bands, Eleanor Roosevelt High School, Greenbelt, Maryland Kearns devoted one chapter to developing an elementary program and another to having a successful first performance. His tone is direct and conversational. The twenty-two chapters are complete in themselves, and the detailed table of contents enables the reader to go directly to the chapter related to his or her immediate need...The author's thirty years of teaching experience is most evident in his recommendations for managing boosters organizations, recruiting, being a colleague within the whole-school environment, and the focus on musicality in all types of band settings. With separate chapters on small ensembles, marching band, and jazz band, Quick Reference for Band Directors encompasses the breadth of ensembles a high school director is expected to be familiar with. Many chapters conclude with lists of composers and publishers, which will be useful for younger directors who may need guidance in repertoire selection. Kearns

-of-fact writing style should make this text an accessible resource for developing band directors. Music Educators Journal

About the Author

Ron Kearns is a retired band director, performing artist and record producer. He adjudicates festivals and conducts clinics throughout the United States and Canada.

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266 pages


Ronald E. Kearns
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Publication date

22nd September 2011



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