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Rhythm Cars

Many music teachers will tell their students “if you can count it, you can play it”, which is entirely true; however, sometimes students still have difficulty learning to count a rhythm at a fast tempo. Some teachers use different common … Continue reading

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Introducing Students to Instruments – When to Start Students on Band Instruments

Notes from my wind techniques class on when it is appropriate to introduce a student to a specific instrument. Introducing Students to Instruments

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Dictionary of Common Foreign Percussion Terms

English Italian French German Mnemonic Devices *Antique Cymbals Crotali *Crotales Antiken Zimbeln Anvil Incudine Enclume Amboss *Bass Drum *Gran Cassa *Gross Caisse *Grosse Trommel Remember that “gross” means “big” *Chimes (tubular bells) Campane (Campanelle) *Cloches *Glocken “Cloches” rhymes with “roaches” … Continue reading

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Percussion Playing Test Rubric

This is a playing test rubric I used for the percussion classes I taught during my internship. Percussion Playing Test Rubric

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Instrument Families Images

Some pictures of the various instrument families.

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Pinch and Wrap Rap – teaching Orff mallet technique

A rap to teach students how to hold their mallets to play Orff instruments. Written by Kristin Hecht and Susan Meier. Submitted by Miss G. Everyday.  (echo) When I play, (echo) I will say, (echo) Pinch and wrap.  (echo) Pinch … Continue reading

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4th Grade Lesson – Timbre

This lesson should come before the lessons on Ensemble Timbres and Texture/Ostinato. This lesson is most effective when the students can see the instruments demonstrated and see how they work. I am a clarinetist, can play oboe relatively well, and … Continue reading

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