Data-Driven Professional Learning Communities in Instrumental Music

Again, it has been a long time since I posted. We have been busy wrapping up our marching band season with performances at the Southwest Iowa Band Jamboree, ValleyFest Showdown, IHSMA State Marching Festival, and our own Mid-Iowa Band Championship. Mix in conferences, jazz band auditions, an All City performance, honor band auditions, and preparing for the Veterans Day Parade in New York City, and we’ve got a busy life!

Over the past few weeks, I have gotten several different communications asking for more information about what it is we do in our district for instrumental music. From our vertical teaching model to our implementation of standards-based practices to using data of student performance to choose literature and guide instruction, we decided to put together a website detailing the work we are doing. This blog just can’t do it justice!

For now, this work in progress can be viewed at the following website:



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