Junior High Band
Study Guides

7th-Grade Study Guide 2

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  1. The five basic musicianship skills are Tone, Intonation, Technique, Rhythm, and Interpretation.
  2. The four essential elements of a good tone are Embouchure, Breath Support, Good Equipment, and Concept.
  3. To find concert pitch, instruments built in concert pitch just play the pitch asked for; Bb instruments transpose up two half-steps; Eb instruments transpose down three half-steps; F instruments transpose up seven half-steps.
  4. Know which note to play for concert Bb, Eb, Ab, and Db.
  5. Know the meaning of the words and symbols in book 1. *
  6. Deliberately changing the pitch is called humoring.
  7. Three ways to change the pitch are tighten or loosen the embouchure, change the length of the instrument, and use a different fingering.
  8. A good way to learn to hold a steady pitch is by working with a strobe.
  9. A good way to learn to recognize and eliminate beats is by working with a tuner.
  10. Pitch follows mercury. If it’s cold, you’ll be flat. If it’s hot, you’ll be sharp.
  11. A good rule to follow when humoring is to move slowly.
  12. Know how to tongue properly.
    1. Flutes and brass touch the roof of your mouth with tip of tongue.
    2. Reeds touch tip of reed with tip of tongue.
    3. No jaw movement
    4. On a series of short notes, blow as if you were playing one long note.
  13. The top number of a time signature indicates how many beats per measure.
  14. The bottom number of a time signature indicates what kind of note gets one count.
  15. x is a double sharp. It raises the pitch two half-steps.
  16. bb is a double flat. It lowers the pitch two half-steps.
  17. Be able to count and recognize the following rhythm patterns.
    Rhythm Patterns
  18. Be able to diagram the following rhythm patterns:
    Rhythm Patterns

* Some of the band method books I used had a list of terms and symbols at the back of the book. Some did not. Since I always required the beginners to have a Note Speller and it had a similar list on the last page, I used that for this test. A copy was attached to this study guide. For copyright reasons it is not attached here.

Video Disclaimer

The attached videos are not perfect examples of how each tune should be played. They are recordings of junior high students, some of whom have had their instruments for only a few months. Also, they are not professional recordings. They were taken by band parents using home equipment and naturally focusing on their own children.

I include them for two reasons: (1) To give you an idea of what the arrangements are like, and (2) To illustrate the kind of performance you can expect from your junior high students.