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Habits of a Successful Music Education Student

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“My favorite section is the Starting Clinics for every instrument. There are tips listed for embouchure, playing position, and everything you need to know, on every instrument, in concert order.”

Avery Bowman

Music Education Student
Western Michigan University

“Most books like this prepare you for delivering content in your future teaching positions, but this one goes above and beyond by providing the steps to feel prepared to land that teaching position in the job interview section.”

Chase Bethea

Music Education Student
Western Michigan University
“The real-world scenarios in the book are not necessarily situations you would encounter in your internship – this allows you to think about how you might handle them when you step into the field as a young teacher.”

Jaida Butler

Music Education Student
Western Michigan University
“I love the importance that this book places on the human aspect of being a teacher, and how important it is to maintain a healthy lifestyle outside of the classroom.”

Jeremy Lane

Music Education Student
Western Michigan University

Habits of a Successful Music Education Student covers important topics such as:

  • Band and String Pedagogy
  • Curriculum and Instruction
  • Recruitment and Retention
  • Beginner and Supplemental Method Books
  • Technology in the Classroom
  • Concert Programming for HS and MS
  • Marching Band, Jazz Band, and Percussion Ensemble
  • Repertoire for Multiple Ensembles and Soloists
  • Score Study and Music Making
  • Creating a Culture of Excellence
  • Goal Setting
  • Classroom Scenarios
  • Being in the MUSIC and PEOPLE Business
  • Social/Emotional Learning
  • Student Leadership
  • DEAI in the Music Classroom
  • Quality of Life Work/Life Balance
  • Tips from Master Teachers
  • Beyond Student Teaching
  • and much, much, more!

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Having been a high school band director for 30 years, I experienced firsthand the “learning on the job” syndrome that music educators encounter. From effective rehearsal strategies to repertoire selection to class scheduling to what to teach, Mary Land and Scott Rush have provided a valuable resource to supplement our music education curriculumHabits of a Successful Music Education Student contains a wide array of essential information that all music educators should know before they start teaching!

Alex Kaminsky
Director of Bands
VanderCook College of Music

Habits of a Successful Music Education Student is a fantastic and important addition to the series and a much-needed resource for the collegiate music education curriculum! Scott Rush and Mary Land provide a wealth of materials, knowledge, and wisdom for prospective instrumental music teachers while including a sequential curriculum and valuable topics for discussion for an instrumental methods course.


Dr. Stephen Meyer
Director of Bands
Northern Arizona University

Mary Land and Scott Rush have blended their combined knowledge-and-wisdom in a remarkable book, Habits of a Successful Music Education Student.  Two brilliant minds, two master educators, two first-class musicians, two of our profession’s most celebrated exemplars offer-up priceless information certain to bring success to ALL; benefits, benefits…and more benefits.  This is a MUST READ for anyone/everyone who aspires to be A TEACHER WHO MAKES A POSITIVE IMPACT! 

Tim Lautzenheiser
Senior Vice President
President of Education – Conn-Selmer, Inc.

This is a significant text in the training of future instrumental music teachers. It is informed by years of meaningful, influential, and substantial musical efforts, achievements, insights, and contemplations. This book will help future instrumental music teachers be more effective and knowledgeable as they enter our challenging and rewarding field. With the valuable foundation derived through this book, future band and orchestra teachers will be better equipped to get more music to more people. 

Dr. Amanda Schlegel
Assistant Professor of Music Education
University of South Carolina

A successful music program is built on HABITS

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“Habits” Mission Statement

ONE TEAM: To provide music teachers and students valuable resources that will help create a collaborative environment for music making AND to connect teachers and students in a significant way through music, love, passion, vision and purpose.