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This is something I have been working on since I retired from teaching beginning band in 2002. It is a summary of techniques that proved successful in teaching beginning students. My emphasis from the beginning was on tone production. My reasoning was if students liked how they sound, they would practice more and enjoy playing music. If their parents liked how they sound they would be more likely to support their student and the music program as a whole. To some it may come across as "overly pedantic". Those who have taught younger players know that the instruction to "experiment and find what works best for you" may work in a one on one private lesson, but in a class of 30 or more students, it would invite chaos and pandemonium. Granted there are some gifted students with a natural ability who could pick it up with a minimum of instruction and do very well. In reality, the majority of the students in a band class in my experience really benefit from more specific instruction at the beginning. As they progress they can make small adjustments that work better for them both with or without additional one on one help and instruction.

What I have attached is a first draft, and I welcome any suggestions or comments. But please remember I am a "sensitive musician" so be kind with your comments. ;)


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This is a really good start. When (if??) I retire I'd like to give free beginner lessons to anyone interested that doesn't have the means to pay for them initially. I figured I buy a few student model flutes, clarinets, and saxes and give perspective students a few free lessons where there is zero cost of entry. Those interested in continuing after that I'd help to find solid affordable instruments and give several months of lessons before passing them on to private teachers to continue their study.

My suggestions would be to make a video of a young student receiving these instructions as well as adding links and references for/to additional resources like method and etude books and links to sites with good practice tips and demonstrations. Looking forward to lesson two.

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The file or link says "... broken" on my phone.
I've found PDFs don't load on phones through this site.

That being said, excellent resource!
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