Criteria for Selecting Beginning Band Methods
University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
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The purpose of this study is to outline twelve specific criteria to be used in the selection of beginning band method books. Using these criteria, six beginning band methods will be reviewed and compared. The criteria were chosen from the following considerations: (1) classes that the writer has taken, (2) discussions with other band directors concerning elementary method books, (3) the authors ten years of experience working with beginners, (4) articles written on beginning band methods. With the available material on the market, it is essential that band directors, especially the young and inexperienced, know how to select a beginning band method book. Poor training in beginning groups will return to haunt the more advanced ensembles in later years. For this reason, the teaching responsibilities are greatest at the beginning level of instruction. Some procedures, then, must be used to select a method book that will best suit the students involved.