Easier than Below Grade
for Band with or without Strings
"Piece on a Page"
If you think that your beginners cannot possibly perform in the Winter Concert, think again. These pieces are so simple, so versatile and so effective.
Each instrument has to learn only 4 measures; this becomes 8 measures with repeat. All instruments can play together and each instrument can perform alone. The piano accompanies each group. You can also combine or skip groups. The 4 measure phrase is made up of only 2 notes (some strings use 3 notes). Here is how I do it: We play the 4 measures with repeat together, then each group plays it separately, then we play it together again to finish the song. This comes to about 2 1/2 minutes for a tune that requires only 4 measures and 2 notes. I like these because I can concentrate on getting a good sound. They are also very convenient because most of the parts are on the same page of music so students can look off each other's parts. And when I pass out music I don't have to search for each individual page. One page does it all!
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