Learn the young band music!
The next episode on literature selection is recorded and ready to go, but I thought I’d share a resource in a related topic. This blog post at banddirector.com has a great intro to some literature selection, with quick notes about several young band pieces. It can be a challenge for beginning band directors to select appropriate literature. Often, you have just left an amazing collegiate experience where the repertoire was phenomenal, which is great. But you may not be quite as familiar with the beginning and intermediate band literature. It is a good idea to begin to explore it as soon as you can, as it will help you develop literature selection skills.
In Part 1 of literature selection, we will talk about some of the practical aspects and tips. In part 2 I am excited to have Dr. Kyle Glaser, my colleague here at Texas State University, who will join us for a more in depth discussion of programming and the existing literature for younger bands. Fun stuff for November!
Dr. John Denis