Tips to Choose the Right Instrument for Your Child
Ruth BonettiDoes your child resist practice? Before we dismiss them as lazy or unmusical, perhaps there are some legitimate reasons we can blame the instrument? Some students may simply be incompatible with the instrument chosen. Many abandoned instruments cultivate mould and dust under beds because they we ...
Beginning Band and OrchestraThe Roots of a Successful Program (Part 2)
by William W. Gourley
Everyone may not be right for instrumental music but instrumental music must be right for everyone. MAINTAINING INTEREST NUTURING THE SEEDLING Once the plant breaks the soil we need to tend to the seedling to ensure its growth. We must carefully fertilize, water, p ...
By Beginning Band and Orchestra, The Roots of a Successful Program (Part 1)
Beginning Band and OrchestraThe Roots of a Successful Program (Part 1)
by William W. Gourley
In today’s economic climate and with the pressures from other academic disciplines music programs are in a fragile position.
Several years ago the Traverse City School Board was considering eliminating the sixth grade beginning band program to balance the bu ...
SECONDARY INSTRUMENTS IN MIDDLE SCHOOL BANDS Mike PearceWhether your band’s instrumentation is stable or the loss of players through population mobility causes gaps in part coverage, there may be occasions when you’ll want bandsmen who can play more than one instrument. ENCOURAGING SECONDARY INSTRUMENT PLAYERS Developing secondary instrument play ...
Recorded Live June 4, 2007 Dave Sanchez, Band Director
Back to the '50s / The Funky Turtle
Carter Middle School 8th Grade Band - Warren, MI
Carter Middle School 8th Grade Vandego and Devil Went Down to Georgia
Firestorm / Cold Water Creek
For You I Will / Canned Heat
The Good Morning March / A Prehistori ...
Distinguished Music for Band Grade One
William L. Berz
This is the second in a series of articles evaluating literature for band. Recently, the Wind Ensemble and Symphony Band at Rutgers started a new recording project for Mark Custom Recording of repertoire for the developing band. With this task now well underway, I have been spending energy listening an ...
Beyond Their Years: Intonation and the Young Band
Chip De Stefano
Playing in tune is a skill. It must be taught, developed, and polished as our students mature as musicians. Too often, particularly in young bands, good pitch is either left to chance or is so director and tuner centric that students are unable to make the on-the-spot adjustments necess ...
The Beginner Band Student by Robert F. Wall
The MOST important part of any band program is the beginners. I think all band directors will agree with that statement. Agreement with that statement and implementation are sometimes miles apart. For a band program to reach the highest level, major emphasis must be placed on the first year of instruction. Again, ...
By Dixie Detgen
You teach elementary or middle school instrumental music and hear the
sounds of marching band camp from a nearby field and think, "I'm glad
I don't teach high school so I don't have to be preparing for school
Or you teach grades 5(6)-12 in instrumental music and are involved in
that marching band in the hot da ...