Composed by Brian Harris. Instructional. Score and parts. 57 pages. Bandroom.com Publications #1918931. Published by Bandroom.com Publications (A0.859729).
If you find Foundations for Superior Performance in Band a bit overwhelming for you or your students, then this is the method book for your program!
Directional Warm-Ups is a complete teaching system and method for elevating your ensemble's performance. It is effective for use by mid-level and developing high school bands or advanced middle school groups. Higher-level ensembles will benefit from use of the material for review or at the first of the concert season to reinforce concepts of ensemble playing, tone, intonation, etc.
Directional Warm-Ups addresses playing skills in three dimensions/directions:
- Horizontal skills include phrasing, melodic nuance, and interpretation. These are developed through melodious unison etudes.
- Vertical skills, such as ensemble attacks/releases, balance, blend, and intonation are developed through simple chorales that allow the player to clearly hear problems - not only their own, but across the entire ensemble.
- Depth of playing skill for the individual is accomplished through the use of varying scales, key signatures, rhythms, meters, and terminology.
Directional Warm-Ups contains 16 Learning Units and 20 simple Chorales, each in a different key. Minor scales include natural, harmonic, and melodic forms. Also included are 32 Rhythm Patterns, a Piano Keyboard diagram (for teaching step patterns of scales), and a Glossary of musical terms used in the book. The Full Conductor Score includes several pages of instructions for using the method book along with suggestions for implementing a varied warm-up in order to achieve maximum learning.
Available as separate downloads:
Full Conductor Score
Part Book Set A (Flute, Oboe, Bassoon)
Part Book Set B (Clarinet 1, Clarinet 2, Clarinet 3)
Part Book Set C (Bass Clarinet, Alto/Contra-Alto Clarinet, Baritone Saxophone)
Part Book Set D (Alto Saxophone 1, Alto Saxophone 2, Tenor Saxophone)
Part Book Set E (Trumpet 1, Trumpet 2, Trumpet 3)
Part Book Set F (Horn in F 1, Horn in F 2)
Part Book Set G (Trombone 1, Trombone 2)
Part Book Set H (Euphonium B.C., Euphonium T.C., Tuba)
Part Book Set I (Percussion (SD/BD), Timpani, Mallet Percussion)
COMPOSER: Now retired, Brian Harris holds the Ph.D. in Music Education from the Florida State University and was a band director for over 30 years at public school and college levels. Many of his works are available from www.bandroom.com and through Sheet Music Plus digital downloads.