Essential Elements for Band Book One offers beginning students sound pedagogy and engaging music, all carefully paced to successfully start young players on their musical journey. EE features familiar songs and specially designed exercises, created and arranged for the classroom in a unison-learning environment, as well as instrument-specific exercises to focus each student on the unique characteristics of their own instrument. EE provides both teachers and students with a wealth of materials to develop total musicianship, even at the beginning stages.

Here’s all you need to know about what Book One has to offer students:

Enhanced Learning System

Using an established learning system, Essential Elements book 1 utilizes:

  • Unmeasured Long Tones to establish tone production early

  • Quarter Notes to teach pulse and Rhythm

  • By exercise 14, students will be playing well-known melodies and enjoying the excitement of playing in the band!

Horn & Oboe Exercises

The unique considerations of Horns and Oboes are difficult to address using a classroom band method, so we've created special pages for these instruments with their own optional starting systems.

  • For the first portion of the book, the horn and oboes have A & B pages.

  • A Pages - All melodies are down a 4th to put the music in a better range for each instrument

  • B Pages - Unison pitch to match the full band for performing with the larger group

  • Additional Exercises - Both books offer additional exercises to bring the gap between the range of the A pages and the B pages. Providing helpful tips for both instruments when playing in unison with the band

Optimum Reinforced Learning

  • New material is carefully paced, sequential and immediately reinforced

  • New notes are approached simply, then gradually played within wider skips and different rhythms

  • Each new rhythm is introduced as a Rhythm Rap, then repeated on simple pitches, and finally placed in an appropriate melodic setting

Theory, History, Cross-Curriculum and Creativity

  • Important theory concepts explained with musical follow-up immediately after.

  • Music history lessons connected to exercises throughout the book.

  • It's all right in each student book, correlated with the music and concepts they are currently learning.

  • Each EE book strives to meet the National Standards, integrate other subjects into the music curriculum, and still teach the essentials of music performance

Daily Warm-Ups & Rubank Studies

  • Establish good practice habits, tone and technique with the two sets of Daily Warm-ups featured

  • The Rubank Scale and Arpeggio Studies cover the four major keys taught in Book 1, all adapted from Rubank's "best-of-the-best" to expand your students' technical skills

12 Full Band Arrangements

Research shows that students are more likely to succeed (and stay in band) if they perform a concert for parents within the first 8 weeks. That's why we've created an impressive early concert featuring:

  • 6 full band arrangements after they've learned just 7 notes

  • The concert is the first of the Performance Spotlight features which include:

    • 12 full band arrangements

    • 2 solos with piano accompaniment.

Rhythm Studies

The Rhythm Studies pages include:

  • Progressive measures of rhythms, used to enhance rhythmic development at any stage

  • Play-Along audio tracks, featuring infectious percussion accompaniments at varied tempi

With a quarter-note pulse starting in the first lesson, the motivating rhythm raps, and plenty of reinforcement, Essential Elements students learn new rhythms quickly and easily.