I am starting year two of creating a beginning band program at a private elementary/middle school with no previous existence of an instrumental program. Last year consisted of a private lesson program partnership with a local university. At the end of the year, 4 of the 5 participating students were formed into a small ensemble to play at the recorder program with great success.
This year, we are continuing the private lesson program for continuing and new students, and the 2nd year students will have a pull-out band program once or twice a week. I would like to use a band method book with the pull out program, but I wanted to check here if there are any particular methods that would be more successful with limited instrumentation and a very small number of students.
Potential instrumentation is:
1 French horn
(there is also the possibility of a violinist, but I’m not convinced it’s appropriate for her to participate)
I am leaning toward Accent on Achievement, Standard of Excellence, or trying out the new Tradition of Excellence.