This website is the outgrowth of a thesis and project I have undertaken titled, “An Approach to Starting Band Students as Musicians.”
The Videos on this website are meant to reinforce the classroom learning at home, and for parents and guardians to assist their children with learning to play a musical instrument. They were made using “kid-friendly” language and to-the-point (most videos are under five minutes).
The Books are meant to be used prior to and in conjunction with any traditional band method book. Rather than replacing the traditional method, these provide a reliable segue to using the sound-before-symbol approach to music learning in a way that still relies on the traditional band method book for learning music notation.
The First Year Curriculum was a part of a clinic given at the 2015 Massachusetts All State Conference. The presentation also focussed on the rest of my beginning year curriculum, all of which is presented on a companion website: