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Are there any other suggestions for engaging warm-ups? The middle school that I am working with (6-8th grade) currently does most of the things addressed on your website: scales, finger patterns, transpositions, work with rhythms, playing tunes out of a method book, scales in positions, etc. I use this warm up time to evaluate students’ technique, posture, playing position, sound production, intonation, etc. I’m a big proponent of sound before sight, so we rarely use notated music when doing warm-ups. Still, the students often find this time to be less than exciting. Are there any other ways that I can make my warm-up segment more engaging? Do you think that improvisation can be used as a part of warm-ups? Any ideas for how to incorporate something like that?

Thank you,
Lauren Gruber
Kent State University, OH