Conductor/Teacher Band Method Books
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What will it take to get the best ensemble performance out of your band? No band director is a stranger to this question, but the good news is that the answer doesn't have to elude you - and it's not a tough one, either. In truth, taking your band's results from mediocre to outstanding can be as simple as referencing the right collection of conductor/teacher band method books. These comprehensive guides will shed some light on the most effective techniques to use when instructing and directing your musicians, so you'll be well-prepared to help them exceed on the individual level and as an ensemble. And once you do that, the sky is the limit for their performance.
Some of the best-loved method books in this section are the KJOS Tradition of Excellence Book 1 for Conductor and the FJH Music Measures of Success Teacher's Manual Book 1. With the KJOS book to confer important conducting skills and the FJH Music title helping you brush up on your teaching chops, you'll be well-prepared to handle your band in the classroom as well as on the stage. Becoming a well-rounded leader will do more than just improving your communication level: it can also empower you to earn your students' respect, so they'll respond better to your words.
Along with the reference materials teaching practical skills in this section, you'll also find plenty of books filled with resources like scores and sheet music. Some of these books, like the KJOS Standard of Excellence Book 1 Conductor Score, are companions for other books that go hand-in-hand to provide a broad base of knowledge. Others, including the Hal Leonard Essential Elements Christmas Favorites Conductor, are of more general interest. In some cases, the Hal Leonard book being one example, you'll even get an accompaniment CD to provide that extra bit of empowerment.
Of course, you'll probably feel fairly empowered no matter which conductor/teacher band method books you choose from this section - and that's how it should be! They're written for your benefit, after all, so if they make you a more capable and confident conductor and teacher, then you can safely say they've done their job successfully. You've got everything to gain from great reference materials like these, so why not choose a few books to put to the test today?