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date: 13 November 2019

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This chapter discusses a robust research base on beginning band instruction; however, it highlights a lack of literature on preparing preservice teachers to teach band. Topics addressed include organizational responsibilities, recruitment, instrument selection, method books, repertoire, performances, assessment, teaching audiation, and singing in beginning band. Implementation strategies for beginning band teachers and higher education instruction follow. The chapter also suggests nontraditional techniques for beginning band instructions and how to prepare teachers to implement them. These strategies include improvisation, adopting an aural-first approach, and a balanced approach between aural and executive skills. The chapter concludes with a lesson plan template that provides a research-based organizational tool for preservice music educators to incorporate traditional and expanded techniques within their classes.

Keywords: beginning band, instrument selection, method books, audiation, musicianship

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