The Balanced Band Director
The Balanced Band Director
David Larzelere
A podcast for music teachers and band directors. Join our conversations where we discuss strategies to bring balance to your life and career.
Season 2, Episode #3 - MIKE EMERSON
Please enjoy my conversation with Mike Emerson, Director of Bands at Holt High School, in Holt Michigan. Mike is a gifted teacher, devoted family man, and an engaging story teller. In this episode, we discuss: Mentors, resources for band "exercises," and triathlons. 
Jan 9
1 hr 10 min
Season 2, Episode #2 - PATTI KROTH
Please enjoy my conversation with the one and only, Patti Kroth. Patti is the Band Director at MacDonald Middle School in East Lansing, MI. She is a master teacher, devoted mom and spouse, and a great friend - a truly balanced band director! In this episode, we discuss: building relationships with students, family trips, and Patti's favorite National Parks! 
Dec 21, 2020
1 hr 2 min
Season 2, Episode 1 - DR. SAM MCILHAGGA
I hope you enjoy my conversation with Dr. Sam McIlhagga, Director of Bands at Albion College and Music Director of the Lansing Concert Band. In this episode, we discuss: Music teaching philosophy, dog ownership, and hockey!
Dec 12, 2020
1 hr 10 min
Episode #10 - DIEGO RIVERA
I hope you enjoy my conversation with Professor, Diego Rivera. Diego is the Associate Professor of Jazz Studies, Saxophone, and Improvisation and the Associate Director of Jazz Studies at Michigan State University. In this episode we discuss: the challenges of being a professional musician and teacher, beginning jazz pedagogy, and the Mediterranean diet! www.diegoriverajazz.com 
Sep 3, 2020
54 min
Episode #9 - Arris Golden. Dr. Golden is the Assistant Director of Bands at Michigan State University
I hope that you enjoy my conversation with Dr. Arris Golden. Dr. Golden is the Assistant Band Director at Michigan State University and Associate Director of the Spartan Marching Band. She has extensive experience as a music educator in both the public schools and in higher Ed. In this episode, we discuss: Score study, the music teacher's journey, and her must-read list to become a better music educator.  
Aug 27, 2020
1 hr 3 min
Episode #8 - ROB ASH. Rob is the Director of Bands at Huron High School in Ann Arbor, MI.
I hope you enjoy my conversation with Rob Ash, Director of Bands at Huron HS. Rob is a talented and passionate music educator. In this episode, we discuss teaching during COVID, student leadership, and tips to nailing job interviews!
Aug 20, 2020
1 hr 22 min
Episode #7 - Matthew Casarez. Matthew is the Director of Bands and Rio Rancho High School in Rio Rancho, New Mexico
Please enjoy my conversation with Matthew Casarez, Director of Bands at Rio Rancho HS. In this episode we discuss teaching band virtually, Drum and Bugle Corps, and Mahler!
Aug 13, 2020
45 min
My Conversation with ELIZABETH HERING
Please enjoy my conversation with ELIZABETH HERING, Director of Bands at Livonia Churchill High School. In this episode we discuss: Professional leadership, chamber ensembles, and downhill skiing!
Aug 6, 2020
51 min
Episode #5 - MICHAEL KING
My conversation with my friend, Mike King. Mike is the Assistant Director of Bands and Director of Athletic Bands at Bowling Green State University. In this episode we discuss: Brining mentors into your rehearsal, transitioning from public school to college teaching, and balancing family and career. I hope you enjoy!
Jul 28, 2020
1 hr 1 min
Episode #4 - SUSAN GOULD
My conversation with Susan Gould, Band and Orchestra Director at Greenville, HS. In this episode we discuss: Using humor in the classroom, student leadership, and bringing balance to your life and career!
Jul 21, 2020
48 min
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