Category: Respect

Broken Trust and the Damage Bad Teachers Cause

By John Gardner Another news story of a teacher caught up in a sexual situation with students. Sad and disturbing on multiple levels because at least two lives are damaged — forever changed. Students become hesitant to open up to

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High Teen Standards

Over the years, however, and too many times – I’ve seen good people have to drop out of band due to decisions made in some of these couplings. A few years ago, I got a response from a former student…..

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Be CARE-ful

By John Gardner During a service call, when the music store rep asked how things were going and I commented about “drama”, his response, as someone who is in most high school band rooms in this part of the state on

Band Camp Prank: Marching Band and Fire Truck

I posted the picture below and got feedback asking how we did that…. so below the pic are some steps and suggestion. Additional pictures below. My father was a 32-yr fire fighter and I spent much of my childhood around

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Teens are worth it!

Those of you in the adulting business, know that you can have a positive impact. Try, even when you don’t see the results, or the result isn’t what you hoped for. And then, when you get one of these occasional notes, recharge your advocating batteries and keep at it.

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Dear Drum Major Candidates

We have five amazing candidates auditioning for Drum Major. I sent them the following note to let them know that WE (directors) know how hard they’ve been working. I wish we could pick them all…..

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Band Students Make Better Employees

By John Gardner Teens are looking for part-time jobs during high school. Common is the parental directive that he must at least pay the insurance and for the gas to drive the family car — or to purchase her own

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Respect, Preparation and Appreciation for your Pianist

by John Gardner January is a month that often includes preparation for solo festival. Many will have an opportunity to practice with an accompanist, perhaps a new experience. As instrumentalists, you should realize how long it takes to learn to play

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Teens will listen

I have always believed that if you show them that you really care about them as an individual, and treat them with dignity and respect, that they will give it to you in return. I think you can see that in this picture – can’t you?

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10 Email Tips for Teachers

  By John Gardner FACEBOOK POST ON MY WALL. “I’m fairly certain that you’re the only high school band director in this part of the state that actually responds to e-mails from the public.” Answering email is basic courtesy-101. As

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