Cheryl Floyd is in her 25th year as director of bands at Hill Country Middle School in Austin, Texas. She was one of the first females and the first middle school band director to be elected to the American Bandmasters Association. Floyd has served as co-principal flute with the Austin Symphonic Band since 1985 and is a Yamaha Master Educator. 

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Cheryl Floyd is in her 25th year as director of bands at Hill Country Middle School in Austin, Texas. She was one of the first females and the first middle school band director to be elected to the American Bandmasters Association. Floyd has served as co-principal flute with the Austin Symphonic Band since 1985 and is a Yamaha Master Educator. 

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Advice from Yamaha Master Educator Cheryl Floyd

Don't Be Afraid to Ask

I was teaching general music at a private middle school in Tampa, Florida. Shortly after I was hired, the headmaster informed me that it was traditional for the 8th grade class to do a musical in the spring. The musical that year would be "Damn Yankees" because the youngest son of George Steinbrenner, the owner of the New York Yankees, was in the 8th grade class.

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Get Parents Involved!

Wouldn't you like to find new ways to get parents more involved with their students' home practice and progress? Of course you do. We all do! According to the Harvard Family Research Project, parental engagement is universally associated with higher achievement on grades, test scores and teacher rating.

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