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Hal Leonard Essential Elements for Band - Percussion and Keyboard Percussion 1 Book/Online Audio Standard


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Take your band program to the next level!

Brought to you by Hal Leonard, the Essential Elements for Band - Percussion and Keyboard Percussion 1 Book/Online Audio provides beginning percussionists with an engaging and accessible introduction to their instrument. Complete with valuable online resources through Essential Elements Interactive, the Essential Elements for Band series has set the standard for band education for over three decades.

A Proven, Trusted Method
The Essential Elements for Band approach provides students with a solid foundation in percussion fundamentals. New concepts and skills are introduced gradually through familiar songs and specially designed exercises. This carefully paced, unison-based learning environment allows students to develop confidence and proper technique. Essential Elements has helped shape generations of musicians—it's the perfect resource for any beginning percussionist.

Engaging Online Tools Enhance Learning
The included Essential Elements Interactive resources provide an array of online teaching, learning and assessment tools. These cutting-edge materials include play-along tracks, music listening exercises and interactive assessments. Students can use Essential Elements Interactive to practice on their own, collaborate with peers and get instant feedback. This multimedia experience transforms a time-tested method book into a modern, multimedia resource for 21st century learners.
Daily Warm-Ups and Studies Build Strong Foundations
In addition to familiar songs and specially designed exercises, the Essential Elements for Band includes daily warm-ups and studies adapted from the esteemed Rubank method. These focused technical exercises help build skill and dexterity on keyboard percussion instruments like the xylophone, vibraphone and marimba. Students will develop proper hand position, stick control and fingerings through these short, repetitive exercises.

Performance Spotlights Foster Complete Musicianship
The Essential Elements for Band - Percussion and Keyboard Percussion 1 Book/Online Audio features 12 full band arrangements and 2 solos to help prepare students for their first concerts. Research shows that early performance opportunities lead to higher student retention and success. These Performance Spotlights help build confidence and complete musicianship through real-world playing experience.

  • ISBN: 9780634003271
  • Width: 9.0"
  • Length: 12.0"
  • 144 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