Exercises and New Music for Covid Band Instruction

In an effort to provide music materials suitable for virtual learning and classes with variable instrumentation, a consortium is forming to commission 8 total works (2-4 mins duration each) and 2 full fundamentals programs for flexible instrumentation winds and percussion at the Middle School (4 works) and the High School level (4 works) for delivery August-October 2020.

Inspire Students

Keep your students on track

Progressive Materials

Our materials will allow you to get your students back on track, even virtually or in small mixed group instruction. Start with basic skills and challenge them to work ahead into more difficult techniques.

Pedagogically Informed

Exercises and newly composed works to feature techniques related to each grade level. Focused on tone production, tuning, and instrument specific skills; we also build challenging musical motives (e.g. dotted 8th/16th's, etc.) into the exercises and new works.

Impactful

The highest quality cinematic backing tracks are built to inspire student practice and recording. Your students can still have a blast performing, even virtually.

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Built for The Changing Times

Built for specifically for “Virtual/Online Learning,” materials will be all digital including pdf’s to be shared within your program, smart music files, and highly realistic, film score style accompaniment tracks at multiple tempi, that can be used in online assignments, in virtual live classes, and as live performance tracks.
 
Works to be composed with current trends in instrumental pedagogy in mind; including development of tone, phrasing, style, and musical devices specific to each grade level. Once musical works are delivered, consortium members have full access to all materials and performance rights indefinitely.

What is included?

We're including a lot of well-rounded materials to act as your "Covid Curriculum."

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Fundamentals Programs

Over 35 exercises including:

Breathing, Buzzing, Long tones, Flow Studies, Flexibility, Rhythm Studies, Articulation, Style Etudes, Major Scales and Patterns.

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Harmonic Studies and Chorales

Chord/tuning Progressions in several keys and Chorales created from melodies by Holst, Mahler, and others.

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Newly Composed Works

4 New Works for both MS and HS ensembles constructed around pedagogical concepts and fit for the modern wind band repertoire. Orchestrated in 3-5 flexible/adaptable parts based on grade level and can be performed in the chamber and full ensemble settings.

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All Digital Materials

PDF Scores/Parts, Backing tracks for ALL materials, Smart Music Files, etc. Everything you need to properly develop your musicians virtually or live rehearsals. Students can use materials to record themselves and collaborate via video. Run virtual rehearsals with high quality tracks instead of the metronome.

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What Educators are Saying

Customer Testimonials

"I just wanted to send a quick note of THANKS for all the work that you have done with your Virtual Band materials.  We have been using these regularly with our middle school and high school students.  They appreciate being able to play along to the exercises with various BPM.  This allows the more advanced students to get some challenges and helps the less experienced students prepare at a slower pace with success. Just wanted to let you know how much Larynn and I appreciate having this to use with our students."

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Jeff Reynolds

Sun Valley High School

"The entire set of materials is serving as our covid curriculum. It's logical, sequential, viable and very effective for my students. The individual packets are paced appropriately and the first original composition "Limitless Sea" is an excellent new work. Ben has been great at communication and is a pleasure to work with."

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Drew Carter

Jay M. Robinson High School

Current Consortium Members

Teaming up to support this project

  • Bassett High School (VA)
  • Fieldale-Collinsville Middle School (VA)
  • Emory and Henry College (VA)
  • Coastal Carolina University (SC)
  • Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders (TX)
  • St. James High School (SC)
  • New Palestine High School (IN)
  • New Prairie High School (IN)
  • West Nassau High School (FL)
  • Sun Valley High School (NC)
  • Sun Valley Middle School (NC)
  • Great Bridge High School (VA)
  • Piedmont Middle School (OK)
  • Meridian High School (ID)
  • Meridian Middle School (ID)
  • Magna Vista High School (VA)
  • Lord Botetourt High School (VA)
  • Johnson-Williams Middle School (VA)
  • Clarke County High School (VA)
  • Jay M. Robinson High School (NC)
  • Holston High School (VA)
  • Damascus Middle School (VA)
  • Heritage High School (VA)
  • Ben Davis High School (IN)
  • Cypress Creek High School (FL)
  • Hanover Central High School (IN)
  • Hanover Central Middle School (IN)
  • South Pointe High School (SC)
  • Saluda Trail Middle School (SC)
  • Richlands High School (VA)
  • Richlands Middle School (VA)
  • Radford High School (VA)
  • Dalton Intermediate School (VA)
  • Piedmont High School (OK)
  • Graham High School (VA)
  • Graham Middle School (VA)
  • Giles County High School (VA)
  • Giles County Middle School (VA)
  • George Washington High School (VA)
  • Floyd County High School (VA)
  • E.C. Glass High School (VA)
  • Desert Pines High School (NV)
  • Meadow Woods Middle School (FL)
  • Cox Mill High School (NC)
  • Christiansburg High School (VA)
  • Blacksburg Middle School (VA)
  • Blacksburg High School (VA)

Consortium Packages

Middle School Grade 1-2 Level

Full Fundamentals Program - Delivery Aug. 15th

Harmony Studies and Chorales Packet - Delivery Aug. 15th

Piece #1 - Grade 1 - Delivery Sept. 1st

Piece #2 - Grade 1 - Delivery Sept. 15th

Piece #3 - Grade 1.5 - Delivery Oct. 1st

Piece #4 - Grade 2 - Delivery Oct. 15th

300 Total
High School Grade 3+ Level

Full Fundamentals Program - Delivery Aug. 15th

Harmony Studies and Chorales Packet - Delivery Aug. 15th

Piece #1 - Grade 2.5 - Delivery Sept. 1st

Piece #2 - Grade 3 - Delivery Sept. 15th

Piece #3 - Grade 3 - Delivery Oct. 1st

Piece #4 - Grade 4 - Delivery Oct. 15th

300 Total

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