Goin’ Home is the beautiful lyric melody from The New World Symphony by Antonin Dvorak. The music focus for this etude is long tones and simple shaping.
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Romanze is a lyrical 3/4 melody by Clara Schumann. The music focus for this etude is interval tuning and shaping.
Figaro is the well known technical melody from The Marriage of Figaro by Wolfgang Mozart. This etude focuses on scales in the keys of F, Bb, and Eb major.
Elite Syncopations is a ragtime melody by Scott Joplin. This etude focuses on syncopated rhythms and articulation.
Beethoven 5 is the famous theme from Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony. The music focus for this etude is lip slurs and articulation and also involves some LOUD playing.
William Tell is the famous theme from William Tell Overture by Gioachino Rossini. The music focus of this etude is double-tonguing with optional parts for younger players.
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These short pieces for Grade 1 are designed to reinforce various fundamentals by providing MAXIMUM repetition of the musical concept in a “fun to play” short piece.
These exercises for Warm-up and Development for the middle school bands will start each rehearsal with focus and purpose. Works well as a preface to method book work or band pieces.
The “music warm-up” segment at the beginning of a rehearsal is so much more than that. It is an opportunity to work on all of the ensemble skills such as quality of sound, playing together, matching style (articulation) and matching dynamics.