on September 16, 2008
Whether you are a experienced band director or right out of college, Habits of a Successful Band Director is one of the best resource books I have ever seen. It's strength is that is very practical and applicable right from the start. I have revised many way I do things because of this book and it has helped make my professional better. Band directors must be a model classroom teacher, understand how to run a business with curricular and extracurricular budgets, manage personalities of students and staff, work with involved booster programs, and oh yeah, teach music! Habits helps in all avenues of a program and I am so glad this resource exists for us all.
on July 6, 2008
I purchased this book as one of the texts for a class I was taking, but I was thrilled to find a wonderful amount of useful information, ideas, and resources. New band directors, or band directors in their first few years are sure to find this as useful as I have, but I think that even veteran directors will find useful information in this book.
The book is broken down into easy to read chapters covering everything from working with administration to marching band, parent meetings and band handbooks to classroom management and literature. This should definitely find a place on every director's shelf.