The Standard of Excellence Comprehensive Band Method Books 1 and 2 combine
a strong performance-centered approach with music theory, music history, ear
training, listening composition, improvisation, and interdisciplinary and multicultural
studies. The result is the most complete band method available anywhere.
Full color drawings and color-coding of important text and music motivate
Three starting systems help ensure positive results in any beginning situation.
FOR ... ONLY exercises (i.e. FOR FLUTES ONLY) offer idiomatic solutions
to the unique challenges of each instrument.
Excellerators (advanced supplemental exercises) reinforce and enrich performance
A nine page FOR OBOES ONLY starting system gives beginners a solid foundation
for learning in the full band setting.
Expanded French Horn and Percussion books, including a separate book for
Timpani & Auxiliary Percussion, address the unique needs of beginners
on these instruments.
A comprehensive,totally-correlated Electric Bass book offers expanded opportunities
for student involvement.
Music from over 20 countries, with correlated enrichments, encourages multicultural
Achievement Lines and GO FOR EXCELLENCE! test lines ensure objective assessment
of students' accomplishments.
A built-in reward system motivates students and encourages musical growth.
Expanded 48 page part books (instead of the usual 32 pages) provide added
reinforcement of musical skills.
600-plus page full Conductor Scores contain Objectives for every line of
music, Director tips, extended reference articles, duplicable worksheets
and quizzes, and theory, listening, composing, improvisation, geography,
foreign language, history, and other interdisciplinary Activities for Excellence.