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Hal Leonard Essential Elements for Band - Bb Clarinet 1 Book/Online Audio Standard


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Take your band program to the next level!

Essential Elements for Band - Bb Clarinet 1 Book/Online Audio provides aspiring clarinetists with a comprehensive introduction to their instrument. Embraced by music educators and students across the country, Essential Elements combines time-tested pedagogy with engaging songs and exercises tailored specifically for the clarinet. The result is a fun, accessible learning experience that skillfully guides students through the fundamentals at their own pace.

Interactive Online Tools Enhance At-Home Practice
Essential Elements now features Essential Elements Interactive, an unparalleled suite of online resources for reinforcing new skills outside the classroom. Along with play-along tracks and music listening libraries, Essential Elements Interactive provides SmartMusic exercises, video tutorials, duets and trios so students can practice with friends, and more. For today's tech savvy students, Essential Elements Interactive transforms traditional curriculum into an interactive experience that is ideal for the 21st century.

Carefully Paced Lessons Build Strong Foundations
Essential Elements for Band - Bb Clarinet 1 introduces students to their instrument through a series of simple steps. Beginning with basic long tones and quarter notes to establish proper tone and rhythmic sensibilities, students will be playing familiar melodies and performing with their band in no time. New notes, rhythms, and concepts are introduced gradually to avoid information overload, allowing students to reinforce new skills with each lesson.

Cross-Curricular Exercises Promote Total Musicianship
Essential Elements for Band - Bb Clarinet 1 teaches more than just the technical aspects of clarinet performance. Embedded in each lesson are opportunities to explore music theory, history, and creativity. Students will learn to read music, understand rhythm and meter, compose their own melodies, and appreciate the cultural context behind the pieces they play. By developing these extra-musical talents in tandem with their instrumental skills, Essential Elements cultivates truly well-rounded musicians.

Daily Warm-Ups and Studies Build Strong Technique
Good practice habits are essential for any developing clarinetist. To supplement the core lessons in Essential Elements for Band - Bb Clarinet 1, the book includes daily warm-up exercises to help students strengthen proper breathing, fingering, and embouchure. Also included are clarinet specific studies adapted from seminal pedagogical texts like Rubank's Scale and Arpeggio Studies. Through regular practice of these additional resources, students can expand their technical facility and advance to higher levels of musical mastery.


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