Highly Effective Band Room



Samuel Fritz (@samuelfritz) is the band director at Center Grove Middle School Central in Greenwood, Indiana. His unique and innovate approach to teaching performance music, can be used in your classroom to build Light Bulb Moments one glorious mistake at a time.


  • E10 - Rhythm Reading

    15/03/2018 Duração: 09min

    Teaching rhythmic reading should be the same as reading words. If you have ever struggled with number counting and want a better solution. Check out this episode on using Takadimi to vocalize rhythms.

  • Episode 9 - Pitch Reading Mastery

    14/03/2018 Duração: 10min

    Do you teach pitch reading as an essential skill in your music class? Find out how I approach this in an innovative way in this episode. Use this to help build your collaborative music department.

  • E8: Building Music Vocabulary

    14/02/2018 Duração: 08min

    This is the third podcast on building a collaborative music department. Today, learn all about developing a common music department vocabulary for music literacy.

  • E7: Collaborative Music Dept - 2

    05/02/2018 Duração: 05min

    In this episode, learn how finding inspiration from your music colleagues can help develop your collaborative music department.

  • E6: Collaborative Music Dept-1

    27/01/2018 Duração: 06min

    Can you imagine a school where band, choir, and orchestra teachers and students work together toward common goals? Well it can be a reality for you. Listen to learn how to begin. Stay tuned for more episodes to light your way to a collaborative music department.

  • E5: Planning for Failure

    24/01/2018 Duração: 05min

    Not every successful rehearsal is based on mastery. Sometimes planning for purposeful failure is just as important.

  • Incompetence vs. Ignorance

    22/01/2018 Duração: 07min

    Why is it that sometimes we meet a new learner and assume they can’t do something before we as what the do know? Listen to hear my take on the subject.

  • Encouraging Mastery

    13/01/2018 Duração: 05min

    What might happen in your band if your students knew exactly how to master your curriculum on the first attempt at assessment? Listen to find out.

  • Purpose and Philosophy

    07/01/2018 Duração: 05min

    Have you ever attended a conference, taken what you learned back to school and had it fail? Find out why.

  • Podcast Introduction

    21/12/2017 Duração: 03min

    Welcome to the highly Effective Band Room Podcast! I hope you check back often to hear my innovative and creative approach to teaching performance music using research-based best-practice strategies.

  • 10 Days Celebrating Success

    21/12/2017 Duração: 24min

    Celebrating success is an important part of any professional learning community (PLC). Take this 10- challenge to celebrate success in a practical way.