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Hal Leonard Essential Elements for Band - Baritone B.C. 1 Book/Online Audio Standard


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Take your band program to the next level!

Essential Elements for Band, Baritone B.C. Book 1 and Online Audio is a comprehensive method book that provides beginning baritone students with a strong musical foundation and an engaging learning experience. Created by expert educators, Essential Elements combines familiar songs with specially designed exercises tailored to the baritone. The lessons and activities within the 92-page book focus on proper hand position, posture, breath control, and tone production to establish good habits from the start. Students and teachers alike will appreciate the book's winning combination of essential skills, theory, and fun. For 21st century music education, Essential Elements now includes Essential Elements Interactive (EEI), an ultimate online resource with tools for teaching, learning, assessment, and communication. Start your musical journey on the right path with Essential Elements for Band, Baritone B.C. Book 1 by Hal Leonard.

Essential Elements for Band, Baritone B.C. Book 1 starts at the beginning with fundamentals like assembling the instrument, proper breathing, hand position, and embouchure formation. Early lessons familiarize students with notes within the baritone's range using simple songs like "Ode to Joy" and "Jingle Bells". As skills develop, the book introduces new notes, rhythms, and time signatures while reinforcing concepts through duets, rounds, and ensemble pieces.

Essential Elements strikes an engaging balance between essential exercises and entertaining songs. Students will enjoy playing familiar favorites like "Old MacDonald" and "Hot Cross Buns" as they build skills. Specially designed etudes and chorales also provide practice for dynamics, phrasing, and articulation. Duets, rounds, and beginning band pieces allow students to apply new concepts while gaining experience playing with others.

The included Essential Elements Interactive (EEi) expands learning beyond the page. The EEi website and free app provide audio tracks for all songs and exercises in the book, as well as video tutorials and interactive practice tools. Students can slow down audio, loop sections, and change instrument parts or tempo for customized learning. Teachers will appreciate built-in assessments and supplemental teaching materials. With EEI, Essential Elements for Band, Baritone B.C. Book 1 offers a true multimedia learning experience accessible anywhere the internet is available.

Essential Elements for Band is one of the most widely used band methods in the USA and Canada. For over 30 years, Essential Elements has helped beginning musicians of all ages establish a solid foundation in performance fundamentals. The baritone book builds on this successful formula with lessons and content tailored specifically for the instrument. Students who complete Book 1 will have the skills and knowledge to continue their musical growth with Essential Elements Books 2 and 3.

  • ISBN: 9780634003233
  • Width: 9.0"
  • Length: 12.0"
  • 48 pages


Each Book Includes My EE Library
  • Start-up Video learn the basics
  • Play-along mp3 features a professional player on your instrument
  • Duets and Trios print and play parts with friends
  • Music Listening Library hear great pieces for band
  • SmartMusic exercises 1-100
Enhanced Learning System
  • Book 1 uses unmeasured Long Tones to establish good tone production from the very beginning, and uses Quarter Notes to teach pulse and rhythm. By exercise 14 your students will be playing well-known melodies and enjoying the excitement of playing in the band!
  • 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.
Optimum Reinforced Learning
  • New material is carefully paced, sequential and immediately reinforced. New notes are approached in the easiest ways, 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
  • It's all right in each student book, correlated with the music and concepts they are currently learning. This is by far the most efficient way 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 included in each book. 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 and 2 solos with piano accompaniment.
Rhythm Studies
  • The additional Rhythm Studies pages include progressive measures of rhythms, which you can use to enhance rhythmic development at any stage. To make it fun and interesting, the Online Audio-ROM includes 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