Now that school has let out hopefully your preparation for the marching season has already begun. The summer is an important time for front ensemble members to work on the mechanics of their technique as well as build muscle and consistency. As long as the students have mallets at home, they can work on these things even if they don’t have a full keyboard available to them.
It has been a good two months of swimming in the pool and eating hot dogs at grandma’s house…at least that’s what my summers looked like as a young musician. I certainly don’t recall unpacking my bell kit to play through my scales or reviewing my stick control patterns on my practice pad when I could go swimming with friends instead.
A student’s first year in band or orchestra is arguably the most influential and critical time in their musical life. Rather than teaching a beginning student all of the things they need in music, I tend to take the approach of teaching a small number of concepts and focusing on preventing the development of bad habits.
This question really made me stop and think. I quickly came up with a list of about a dozen rudiments that everyone MUST know! But let’s get real: What are the rudiments that middle-school students absolutely NEED to know to be successful?