Junior High Band
Study Guides

Whole-Note Test Study Guide

For an explanation of Whole-Note tests, please see Listening Guide for Whole-Note Test

Download a Microsoft Word version HERE.

  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.
  4. The slogan for playing in tune is Sound Like One.
  5. The key to playing in tune is Listen, Listen, Listen.
  6. The two types of meter are Duple and Triple.
  7. The six subheadings of interpretation are Dynamics, Balance, Tempo, Style, Phrasing, and Nuance.
  8. The three elements of music are Melody, Harmony, and Rhythmic Accompaniment.
  9. The five keys to success in band are:
    • Listen, Listen, Listen
    • Watch, Watch, Watch
    • Count, Count, Count
    • Practice, Practice, Practice
    • Subdivide, Subdivide, Subdivide
  10. The class rules are:
    • Play only when directed
    • Respect property rights
    • Be polite, act like adults
    • No gum or candy
  11. Some good practice suggestions are:
    • Play it more times right than wrong.
    • Listen to and imitate professional players.
    • Practice the rhythm only.
    • Change the rhythm.
    • Practice the notes only.
    • Perfect one measure at a time.
    • Use a metronome.

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.