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Here's an interesting, and tasty, way to help teach rhythms to your students. I heard this idea at the 2012 Iowa Bandmasters Conference. Sad to say I forget who told it to me, but when I found it in my notes I wanted to share it as it is quite original.
The brain child of Bob Kellar of Harvey Mudd College, Impro-Visor is a useful jazz accompaniment and improvisation training aid that can challenge anyone from the barest beginner to the advanced jazz artist. Using a setup similar to that of Band-In-A-Box, Impro-Visor can help you train your improvisational talents, and it will do it all for free.
I’m lazy at times, I admit it, so when I decided I needed some new note identification worksheets to use with my beginning band class to help them practice reading the notes on the staff I didn’t really feel like pulling out Finale and writing one out. Yes, their templates make it easy and all, but like I said, I was feeling lazy. Luckily I found a fast, pre-made solution.
Want to help your band students learn their notes and let them have fun in the process? Take a closer look at Staff Wars 2, a software program for the PC and Mac produced by The Music Interactive. With Staff Wars 2 they can learn their fingerings and blow up the Death Star at the same time.
I’ve been a fan of Fusion instrument bags for a long time now, using them daily to carry all of my instruments from building to building as I teach elementary band. Until now though one major instrument has been missing from their line, a bag for a bass trombone.