Jim Matthews

About Jim Matthews

Jim Matthews is a veteran band director of 30 years at Jackson Middle School in Titusville, FL. He received his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree from Florida State University. His bands continuously receive superior ratings at band festivals. The bands have received the Florida Bandmaster’s Association Five, Ten, Fifteen, Twenty and Twenty-five Year Superior Awards for continuous Superior ratings. He is presently the Brevard County Music Instructional Coach for all secondary band directors. He is a member of Florida Bandmaster’s Association, Music Educator’s National Conference and Phi Beta Mu – an International Honorary Band Director’s Fraternity. He is also a National Board Certified Teacher in music. For more information, see the About section.
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How to Develop a Practice Routine

We’ve all heard the saying “practice makes perfect.” In music this is not true at all, and can in fact make you worse. A better saying is “perfect practice makes perfect.” This article will answer the who, why, what,where, when, and how when it comes to practicing music.

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20 Traits of a Successful Student

Coach John Wooden was one of the most winning and highly respected coaches in all of sport and history. I truly believe that if you live by the principles he asked his players each year to live by, you will be successful in whatever you do.

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What Should I Teach My Students?

As we prepare lessons for our students regularly we sometimes question ourselves and ask: “What should I be teaching my students?” “What are other people teaching their kids right now?” “Am I on track with other programs?” It doesn’t matter how long you have been teaching, these questions will arise.

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How You Can Help Your Child Practice

Any parent of a music student wants his/her child to succeed. You may be wondering, is there anything I can do to help my child become a better musician? The answer is YES. In order for your child to…

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Music Money Incentive Program

I use a motivation program at my school which I call the Incentive System. Should kids work for nothing just because they are supposed to? YES. However, we must reach them if we are going to teach them. Times have changed and the…

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