Junior High Band
Study Guides

9th-Grade Study Guide 1

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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. The three steps to playing in tune are: Hold a steady pitch, Recognize the beats, and Eliminate the beats by humoring.
  4. The slogan for playing in tune is “Sound Like One.”
  5. The key to playing in tune is “Listen, Listen, Listen.”
  6. The strobe helps you learn how to hold a steady pitch.
  7. The tuner helps you learn to recognize and eliminate beats.
  8. The two types of meter are Duple and Triple.
  9. In duple meter the main beat is divided into TWO equal parts.
  10. In triple meter the main beat is divided into THREE equal parts.
  11. Technique is your ability to tongue and finger with good precision.
  12. Precision is doing everything exactly and precisely together.
  13. The blacker the notes, the slower you play.
  14. The six subheadings of interpretation are: Dynamics, Balance, Tempo, Style, Phrasing and Nuance.
  15. Three of the elements of music are: Melody, Harmony, and Rhythmic accompaniment.
  16. Part of good balance is always being able to hear the melody.
  17. The key to good balance is “Listen, Listen, Listen.”
  18. The three most important styles of articulation are: STACCATO - light, soft, detached and separated; LEGATO - smooth and connected, full value; MARCATO - heavy with emphasis, bell-like, accented
  19. The distance between any two notes or pitches is called an INTERVAL.
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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.