Courtney Brandt

Courtney Brandt: Young Adult Author

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On this episode of the Promoting Your Music Program podcast, I’m so excited to speak with  young adult novelist Courtney Brandt. You can find her books here:

Amazon

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Courtney Brandt is the author of The Line, plus the additional novels in the series: A Fine Line, Keeping in Line, and The Line Up. Each of these  lighthearted novels was created for high school students and alumni in marching band. She released standalone novels Confessions of A Teenage Band Geek in fall 2011 and her final YA marching novel, Major Pain, in the fall of 2012.

As a former drumline member, Courtney brings a fictional voice to band geeks all over the world and is patiently waiting for Hollywood to wake up and realize her books would make great films or TV series!

 

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Enter to win a digital Kindle copy of The Line Series: Complete Anthology! 

The Line Series: Complete Anthology by Courtney Brandt

The Line Series: Complete Anthology by Courtney Brandt

Here’s how:

  1. Log into iTunes and/or Stitcher
  2. Leave an honest star rating and short written review of the podcast. Here’s how.
  3. Take a screenshot of your review once it’s been approved and published (it can take a couple of days).
  4. Email that screenshot to me at kathleen (at) kathleenheuer.com by Monday, November 17, 2014 at 11:59 pm Eastern.

I’ll choose 5 winners randomly from those that enter and I’ll notify the winners that week!

Check out Courtney’s Marching Arts Photos Tumblr here, and while you’re at it, mine here. Find Courtney on Goodreads here.

Stay tuned next week for my conversation with author DJ Corchin of The 13th Chair!

Education reform: Here’s why I care

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I never intended to care about education reform. So boring, right?

When my firstborn child became old enough to start playing a band instrument, THAT’S when I started paying attention. Anyone who cares about music and arts education SHOULD care about education reform.

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Deadlines

My daughter is spending a beautiful fall Saturday working on a book report.

She managed to finish the book a couple of days ago. The assignment is due Monday. She’s busy all day Sunday, so she HAS to finish it today. Firm deadline.

God bless her, she’s knuckling down to get it done. Punctuated by the occasional break for an anime YouTube video or a few breaths of fresh, crisp fall air and a dose of vitamin D.

Watching her work reminds me of my own struggles with deadlines. I am a card-carrying procrastinator.

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Margaret Bauer of the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association

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On this podcast, I’m honored to introduce you to Margaret Bauer of PMEA.

margaret bauer of pmeaMargaret Bauer has served as executive director of the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association since 1996. Previously she was executive director of the Pennsylvania Library Association for 11 years. Her education includes an undergraduate degree in music education from Mansfield University, and two master’s degrees: one in music history from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and one in library science from State University of New York at Geneseo. Her passions are the arts, books, needlework of all types and golf. She is a member of the National Association for Music Education and past chair of the NAfME State Executives Council.

 

Margaret Bauer on music education advocacy

 

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Eugene Cantera of the Dallas School of Music

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Eugene Cantera of the Dallas School of Music:
Are You Making These Common Website Mistakes?

Eugene Cantera is a partner at the Dallas School of Music and a founding member of the dlp Music Program. He serves as the Director of Social Media for both organizations. He is a saxophonist but teaches many instruments and performs in the Dallas area in the rock and jazz genres. Eugene recently returned from an artist in residency at the Wilderness School in Adelaide, Australia where he taught and performed with several ensembles.

Eugene was kind enough to join me on this week’s podcast, where we talked about some tips & tricks to optimize your website and social media. A large percentage of the Dallas School of Music’s clientele is online, so they’ve developed some serious digital chops along the way.

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Band kids are the BEST.

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I’ve long had a sneaking suspicion that band kids are the best. Honestly, there’s just something extra awesome about these kids. This week, a bit more evidence crossed my desk. I make my case in this episode.

Band kids are the BEST. Here’s why:

Del Valle High School student’s wish granted

Band students save teacher’s life

What Everybody Ought to Know About Band

18 Lessons Marching Band Teaches Our Kids: A Parent’s Perspective

Two Million Reasons Why Marching Band Kids Are So Responsible

 

Other resources

About Tim Lautzenheiser

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Music Community Answering the Call of the #BeyondTheBubblesChallenge

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Bands of America Regional Championships and Grand National Championships

The National Association of Music Parents

 

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Apple recap + Carolina kicker shoves HS band member

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In this episode, I recap the Apple live event unveiling the iPhone 6 and the Apple Watch, and discuss what impact they could have on music parents and booster organizations. Could the new Apple Pay system be used for and by music booster groups?

Check out these links for more details:

Apple event in 90 seconds via Mashable

Carolina Panthers kicker Graham Gano “moves” Marquel Ballard, the freshman trombonist for Bethune-Cookman High School

I also cover “the day the music died:” when the kicker for the Carolina Panthers decided to begin his warm up before this high school marching band had left the field.

http://ftw.usatoday.com/2014/09/graham-gano-marching-band-tampa-bay-bethune-cookman

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“The players tried to take the field…the marching band refused to yield…”

It all ended well, though. The kicker called the trombone player to apologize and hooked him up with tickets to an upcoming game.

No harm, no foul.

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Facebook Page Post Ideas for your Music Program

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Whether you’ve been running your Facebook page for hours or years, we could all use a bit of inspiration every once in a while. So quit racking your brain for a bit, and check out some of these ideas.

Facebook Pages are considered inbound marketing (aka permission marketing, aka content marketing). That means that we have to get fans to opt in (by liking our Page) to hear our message. If all we ever do is sell, no one will want to listen to what we have to say. So we need to give people a reason to stick around. We do that by providing value.

There are three main ways we can offer value through posts on our Facebook Page.

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Reactions to News about The Ohio State University Band

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Ohio State University Band Updates (October 10, 2014):

Ohio State’s fired band director got more support

Ohio State pays at least $885 an hour for 2nd band investigation; questions remain about firms involved

 

Ohio State University Band Updates (August 28, 2014):

Music publishers are reportedly denying performance rights to the OSU Marching Band.

The director is still trying to get his job back.

The Newark Advocate came out with an editorial basically saying that we’d better get used to this new normal, because Title IX is NOT messing around.

OSU’s former Title IX coordinator came out saying that both the university and Mr. Waters could have handled things better. She was not involved in the probe because she left before it began, in large part because the university tied her hands so that she could not do her job effectively. Read about it here and here.

 

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In this episode of the Promoting Your Music Program podcast, we try a new roundtable format as we discuss a recent headline from the band world: namely, the recent firing of Jonathan Waters, the director of The Ohio State University Marching Band.

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