Currently the visual and performing arts chairperson at Lexington Junior High School, Steve Graves has been teaching award-winning middle school bands in the Anaheim Union High School District in California for 35 years. He is an active performer, arranger, clinician and an adjudicator for marching bands, concert bands and indoor drumline....

Currently the visual and performing arts chairperson at Lexington Junior High School, Steve Graves has been teaching award-winning middle school bands in the Anaheim Union High School District in California for 35 years. He is an active performer, arranger, clinician and an adjudicator for marching bands, concert bands and indoor drumline. Graves has two books and several full band and ensemble works available through J.W. Pepper. 

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5 Minor Assets to Running a Successful Music Program

In the article, “5 Major Assets of Teaching Instrumental Music,” I discuss the five major non-negotiable assets of band — students, instruments, facilities, literature and time. Here, I will go over five minor assets to teaching music.

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5 Major Assets of Teaching Instrumental Music

 When we jump into the school year, we’re often forced to just start planning curriculum and deal with the course of events that gets in the way. We don’t have time to take a good look at what we need or already have to work with.

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The ABCs of Classroom Management

As a veteran teacher, I'm often asked about my concept of classroom management by prospective and new teachers. 

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