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date: 13 November 2019

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Many preservice music teachers enter the profession having never participated in marching or been prepared to teach marching band in their college coursework. As well, many music teacher educators are either unprepared to teach a course on marching band techniques for the same reasons or may not be able to fit such a course into an already crowded music teacher education curriculum. For those music teacher educators, this chapter includes discussion of the following: (a) historical and philosophical perspectives, (b) an understanding of administrative and organizational procedures, (c) marching basics, (d) show planning, (e) a basic understanding of percussion and auxiliary units, (f) basic skills in drill writing, and (g) rehearsal techniques. The chapter outlines the authors’ experiences of, and activities for, designing a marching band techniques course aimed at achieving meaningful student learning outcomes.

Keywords: philosophy, administrative procedures, marching basics, show planning, marching percussion, drill writing, rehearsal techniques

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