Have a good understanding of the Spiral Learning Theory and the Law of Diminishing Returns. The spiral curriculum uses sequential learning and emphasizes the add-on effect of skill and concept development. The student keeps coming back to the same ideas but at a higher level, in a circular or spiral manner. (For a more in-depth study see Chapter 1 of The Dynamic Marching Band.) The Law of Diminishing Returns states that 1. things will improve, 2. the improvement will level off and 3. things will start to regress. The key to success and efficiency is knowing when to move on the the next skill when improvement levels off and is not getting better. In a nutshell: don’t spend too much time on any one skill or exercise. It is a waste of valuable time! Understand that skills will not be perfected today, but will be better the next rehearsal when you work on the next layer of the spiral. e.g. After 3-5 minutes of long tone study, it is not going to get any better (today.) Move next to slurred scales as this is still long tone (air flow) based and you start working on individual technique and ensemble timing as well.
There are many good warm-up routines available and they can also be created by the band director to match their preferences and philosophy. Daily Warm-up & Development by Wayne Markworth was written with these concepts in mind – cover all the necessary skills – individual and ensemble – in a short amount of time.
Daily Warm-up & Development
by Wayne Markworth is now available from Shadow Lake Music. For more information and a preview of the three parts, click here: Daily Warm-up & Development
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