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Top 10 Podcasts for Band Directors

Are you a band director looking for professional development, classroom management ideas, teaching tips, and more? Take some time to check out our list of podcasts for band directors. We've included a description and review of each podcast in an effort to help save you some time and skip right to the content that meets your needs. Happy listening!


Program Notes:  The Band Director Podcast

Creator:  John M. Denis

Rating: ★★★★★ 5.0

Number of Episodes:  84

Description:  So, you're finishing school, or you've signed a contract. While other new band directors are just trying to survive that first year, what can you do to thrive? Each episode will give you direct, usable information based on actual experiences relevant to your needs as a future or beginning band director. So grab your earbuds or turn up the car stereo, and let me give you some great program notes for success.

Review:  "I'm a new HS band director and I'm only 3 episodes in but every episode has helped me so much, especially the intonation one. Intonation is something I really struggle with and this episode provided so much valuable information. I like that you give specific ideas and tips rather than vague overarching ideas. Right now I'm in survival mode and I need specific tips, so this is perfect." - Moreluck


After Hours: Conversations for music educators

Creator:  Amro Music

Rating: ★★★★★ 5.0

Number of Episodes:  56

Description:  After Hours: Conversations for Music Educators is a music education podcast from Amro Music Stores, Inc. The After Hours podcast host, Nick Averwater, facilitates engaging conversations each week with band directors, private music teachers, general music educators, orchestra directors, and other music industry professionals just like you. Each podcast guest shares practical advice on things like classroom management in your band program, placing beginners on instruments, band and orchestra recruitment strategies, band boosters, fundraising, and more. The goal of After Hours is to provide a podcast for band directors, orchestra directors, and music educators with strategies for both "on-podium" and “off-podium” skills that can help create a school music program that you can be proud of. 

Review:  "A great resource for music educators all over the world. The quality of this podcast is fantastic, both in content and production quality." - gMahlerA440


Directing Band

Rating: ★★★★★ 5.0

Number of Episodes:  51

Description:  The Directing Band Podcast is a Show created by Band Directors for Band Directors! Our weekly show is filled with interviews, classroom ideas, leadership principles, personal finance strategies, investing tips, retirement planning, and more. As we say on the show, "If you are Directing Band, then this is the podcast for YOU!" Find us online and donate at Email: Twitter: @JoshRBoyd Instagram: @DirectingTheBand

Review:  "What great episodes, great production, and great tips for band directors. If you’re looking for information on self-improvement for yourself and your students this is a podcast to have on your radar!" - Monicaw14


After Sectionals

Creators:  Darcy Williams and Jenna Yee

Rating: ★★★★★ 4.9

Number of Episodes:  130

Description:  Welcome to After Sectionals, the podcast about all things band recorded when it's fresh on our minds. We come to you from the Stiles MS band hall - home of chickens and lost tuners. Join our staff (Darcy Vogt Williams, Jenna Yee) as we talk band pedagogy, talk smack, and everything in between right after sectionals.

Review:  "Incredible resource for music education students, early career teachers, and old pros. I love feeling like I’m attending a staff meeting of one of the best middle school band programs in the country! The conversational style helps this very enjoyable to listen to." - Liiiiiiiisa H


Everything Band Podcast

Creator:  Mark J. Connor

Rating: ★★★★★ 4.9

Number of Episodes:  197

Description:  Conversations with teachers, composers, and performers of music for winds and percussion.

Review:  "I’m waiting to get into other great podcasts about band because I’m burning through the backlog. I find myself making notes often, taking screenshots of a section to go back to and leaving myself notes to try next week or next year. Mark, thank you from the bottom of my heart. I just listened to YOUR episode after Midwest. Thank you for sharing your session and some of your origin story. I’m newer to the podcast so I have only pieced together a little of your history. Thank you!!" - Megan Couey


The Bandmasters Podcast

Creator:  Don Stinson

Rating: ★★★★★ 4.8

Number of Episodes:  46

Description:  Band and music education professional development on the go! Listen to interviews, tips, and techniques from some of the top educators in the band field.

Review:  "So far I've only listened to the episode with Rachel Maxwell, but it was very interesting. I'm definitely interested/intrigued enough to keep listening." - Vinnie3271



Band Talk with Charlie Menghini and Friends

Creator:  Charlie Menghini

Rating: ★★★★★ 4.8

Number of Episodes:  56

Description:  Charlie Menghini visits with some of the greatest names in wind band conducting, composing, and arranging. The podcast also features regular visits with Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser, instrument specialists, and music industry leaders as well as great college, high school, middle school, and elementary band directors who give their thoughts on various aspects of being a band director.

Review:  "Sometimes we just need that inspiration to remind us why we do what we do. Charlie Menghini and his guests are pros at making band fun. This podcast will change your classroom!" - hipsterninja08


Marching Roundtable Podcast

Creator:  Tim Hinton

Rating: ★★★★☆ 4.6

Number of Episodes:  1000+ (The 20 most recent podcasts are available for free to everyone. Get access to the entire podcast archives by becoming a member. See website for details.)

Description:  Serving as the premier source of information and inspiration in the marching activity, The Marching Roundtable and its host Tim Hinton release two podcasts per week featuring the top experts in the activity, sharing advice to help everyone do better, enjoy their work more, and take their group to the next level.  One great idea can change your life!  With over 1000 podcasts available, there is something to help anyone in the world of marching band, drum corps, color guard, or indoor percussion. 

Review:  "This podcast should be required listening as a part of either a Marching band Techniques class or some other type of Music Education class. It's that good. It wouldn't hurt all of us that work and/or deal with the Marching Arts to listen as well. You can teach old dogs new tricks! Tim, Dr. Joe, Mary, and John do an amazing job with top people in their field discussing our passion that is the Marching Arts." - Chaptak


The Music Ed Mentor Podcast

Rating: ★★★★☆ 4.5

Number of Episodes:  98

Description:  The Music Ed Mentor Podcast, hosted by Elisa Jones, is a podcast about the challenges -- and solutions -- that music teachers encounter in their everyday lives. Episodes feature a variety of guest educators who offer tips to fellow teachers. The Music Ed Mentor Podcast is sponsored by SmartMusic.

Review:  "I recently discovered this podcast from Elisa’s interview on Everything Band with Mark Connor. I love the practicality of the subject matter and her commitment to serving the profession. I would recommend this podcast as an essential resource for any music educator!" - Thomas R Graham


The Music Ed Podcast | Podcasts on Audible | Audible.comThe Music Ed Podcast

Creator:  James Divine

Rating: ★★★★☆ 4.0

Number of Episodes:  100

Description:  Quick and easy tips for band teachers.

Review:  "I love the fact that I can listen to James’ advice on my drive to work in the morning, and arrive at my school with tangible, ready-to-go ideas. This podcast covers a wide range of topics that is beneficial to teachers at any point in their careers." - Trompete87

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