TME Podcast Season 2, Ep. 10: Inquiry into the Habits of a Significant Band Director
Description: Today we are going to conduct an inquiry into the habits of a significant band director. What makes a band director significant? What is needed to become significant? We will discuss all this, and more, as we inquire into the subject matter. Scott Rush, a presenter at the 2017 Midwest Clinic, is the respected authority this article is based on. Not only is Mr. Rush, a professional music educator but also a highly regarded author of several publications.
What is a Significant Band Director?
Habits Synergy Model
Scott Rush identifies a working system which he calls the Habit Synergy Model. In this model, the music educator evokes a journey through five essential practices.
Who You Are
Part 1 – Knowledge
Components of Playing
THE COMPONENTS OF PLAYING
Articulations – staccato, marcato, legato, slurred, various accents
Duration of Notes
Tone Color – intensity, color spectrum, sonority
Precision / Clarity / Accuracy
The Teaching Inventory Database
Part 2 – The Communicator
Effective Communicator from the Podium
Mr. Rush cites Larry Livingston, who says that three things must be reflected in the persona of the conductor:
1. You need musical conviction.
2. You must thoroughly know the score.
3. You must reflect the musical intent.