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A Complete Curriculum for Your Beginning Band – A Free, Individualized Point System

A Complete Curriculum for Your Beginning Band – A Free, Individualized Point System

About this Webinar –

This free curriculum, developed by 2020 Illinois Teacher of the Year Eric Combs, organizes and challenges students on an individual basis.  Now used in over 750 band programs in over 41 countries, this successful system can be tailor-made for your program.  The webinar explains origin, the benefits, and the application of this customizable program.  The webinar includes the free materials and links needed to implement the system, and contact information to get help and advice from Eric on how to successfully set it up in your school.

Our Presenter–

Eric Combs is the Director of Bands at Richland County Middle School in Olney, Illinois, where he teaches 6th-8th grade bands.  He is the 2020 Illinois Teacher of the Year, and a 2021 NEA Foundation Award for Teaching Excellence winner.

Mr. Combs holds a Masters in Music Education from Eastern Illinois University, where he is a “distinguished alumni” award winner.  He is the creator and administrator of “Band Directors Share.”  He also maintains the following Facebook pages:  “Sound Beginnings Beginner Band Series,” “Thoughts From a Beginning Band Director,” “Illinois Band Director Job Openings,” as well as the “Southern Illinois Band Directors” Facebook group.  Mr. Combs is currently working towards a second masters, in Political Science.

Mr. Combs’ band program has been awarded five times through the NAMM Foundation’s “Best Communities for Music Education” program.  Under his direction, his rural school has been recognized twice by the US Congress.  Mr. Combs is also a 2019 Golden Apple Award winning educator.


To gain the most benefit, please follow these suggested steps:

Step One – Download the Note Page

Prepare to either type your notes into the Word.doc or Google Doc and save the changes, or write in your notes by hand into a printed copy.

Step Two –

As you view the webinar, we encourage you to take notes as you go along.  Feel free to stop the recording and rewind as needed.

Step Three – Download the Action Plan Template

Choose either format; Word Doc or Google Doc.  After considering the key points that you wish to implement, describe the point in the ACTION BOX select a date for the initial implementation.  Then, select a date that you plan to review and assess the success of the implementation.

Step Four – 

An 80% score or better will result in a Certificate of Completion emailed to the address you provide.  Those scoring less than 80% will be allowed to retake the quiz.  In order to do so, you’ll need to register in the quiz with an alternate email.

Step Five – Review the Follow-up Links and Materials Below

The following is from NPD Webinars:

The following are from The Nottelmann Blog:

The following are important links to materials or topics discussed in the webinar:

Learn how to implement Eric Comb’s Curriculum:

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