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Hal Leonard Essential Elements for Band - French Horn 1 Book/Online Audio Standard


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Take your band program to the next level!

The Essential Elements for Band French Horn 1 Book/Online Audio provides an engaging introduction to the French horn. This method book uses engaging songs and exercises to teach proper tone development, technique and music fundamentals to beginning students. By combining the book with Essential Elements Interactive, an online music education program, students gain access to video tutorials, play-along tracks, assessments and communication tools for an enhanced learning experience.

Builds a Solid Foundation
The Essential Elements for Band method establishes good habits and skills from the very first lesson. Students start by learning proper breath control and embouchure formation through unmeasured long tones. Quarter notes are then introduced to teach pulse and rhythm. Within the first 14 exercises, students will be playing familiar songs to enjoy the rewards of their efforts. Special pages are also included for French horns to address their unique considerations.

Reinforces Learning at an Optimal Pace
New concepts and notes are introduced gradually to allow for reinforcement. Students first play new notes in easy patterns, then in wider intervals and different rhythms. Rhythm raps teach new rhythms in a fun, memorable way before students play them on the French horn. This carefully paced approach helps ensure student success.

Covers Essential Theory, History and Creativity
The book integrates theory, music history and cross-curricular activities with the songs and exercises students are learning. This helps students meet national standards and develop a well-rounded music education. Students also get opportunities to be creative, such as when improvising rhythms and melodies.

Includes Supplemental Resources for Skill Building
Essential Elements now includes Essential Elements Interactive (EEi), the ultimate online music education resource. EEi introduces the first-ever, easy set of technology tools for online teaching, learning, assessment, and communication... ideal for teaching today's beginning band and string students, both in the classroom and at home. Daily warm-ups and studies from the Rubank method help students establish good practice habits and build technique. The book also includes 12 full band arrangements and two solos with piano accompaniment so students can showcase their new skills. Rhythm studies provide measures of different rhythms for students to play along with percussion accompaniments.

  • ISBN: 9780634003219
  • Width: 9.0"
  • Length: 12.0"
  • 60 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