Don Stinson and Steve Pyter have developed a site devoted to interviews featuring band directors. This sounds pretty great to me! Check out the site for interviews with Greg Bimm, Ted Lega, Ken Snoeck, Chip Staley, Charlie Menghini, James Lambrecht, Don Owens, Steve Peterson, Ray Kramer, Mike Fisk, Barry Houser, and Chip DeStefano. When they contacted me for an interview I assumed they were punking me. Alas, they were not and I was very flattered to be included in this project. Episode 14: Rachel Maxwell, Traughber Junior High, Oswego, ILOn this episode, I sit down with Rachel Maxwell, director of bands at Traughber Junior High in Oswego, Illinois. Rachel talks about teaching techniques, professional development, the rise of nerd culture, and why she feels that this might be a great time for women currently in and entering the profession.
Rachel and I also found out that we had something in common: horses. Rachel is a bit of an equestrian, and I've heard about the movie "Seabiscuit," so it was nice to be on the same page.
I hope you enjoy listening as much as I did. Rachel has some great experience and advice that could help teachers of any experience and area. If you want to hear more from Rachel, please check out her new site, http://thebandroomspage.com/.