Arranger W/2 CD'S
Publisher FJH MUSIC COMPANY INC
Every exercise is sequenced to promote optimal development through great musical content. Creative titles stimulate the imagination; musicianship challenges promote expressive playing; special attention is paid to important concepts, like phrasing. Includes 15 full band arrangments and original compositions by Balmages and Sheldon. The method introduces students to critical listening, composing, conducting, music history, & other elements that bring about a deeper understanding of music.
6 chapters (Opuses) are each followed by a full-page assessment. Attainable benchmarks keep students motivated. Music history is simultaneously presented with world and art history; the cross-curriculum strongly supports the National Standards. Skills and knowledge are easily assessed at the end of each Opus (with an Encore page), giving directors clear tools for accountability and measurement: Critical Listening · Playing by Ear · Composing & Arranging · Theory & Terminology · Performance. Book 1 accomodates the growing philosophy of "playing before seeing notation." The sequence of instruction allows focus on tone production, rhythm & pulse; new material is introduced systematically & reinforced throughout. The accompaniment CD includes a wide variety of styles (orchestra, rock, Latin, jazz, etc); SmartMusic incorporated.