Looking for Real beginning band music.
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I am looking for some music for my 6th grade band to play. They will first take up their instrument in September, and have a concert in January and June. They will have band every other day for about 45 minutes. I am looking for real beginner band music, but the term “beginner band” seems to refer to anyone playing music level 1-2. First concert they will probably be playing level 1/2. And level 1 in June. I can’t find any lists with level 1/2 music. I’m looking for recommendations for actual good music at that level?
I have been teaching beginning band for some time now so here are some suggestions for where to look for music.
Curnow Beginning Band Collection
Queenwood Beginning Band Books
Shortcuts for Begining Band
Belwin Beginning Band Kits
Concert Favorites-Essential Elements
Standard of Excellence Concert Favorites
Also look at the Teaching Through Performance for Beginning Bands and look through JW Pepper.
Here are a few of my favorites at those two levels. The JW Pepper Basic Library list at the Beginning and Very Easy levels would also be good to look at.
Defender of Time, Rob Grice
High Adventure, Paul Lavender
Relics of the Past, Sean O’Laughlin
The Argonauts, Mike Hannickel
Thunderbolt Peak, Timothy Johnson
A Shaker Hymn, John O’Reilly
African Folk Trilogy, Anne McGinty
Anasazi John Edmonson
Northridge Overture, John O’Reilly
Theme and Variations, Timothy Loest
Mrs. Carroll, I hope things are going well for you! I just got my band music library catalogued and found that Sandy Feldstein & John O’Reilly collaborated on some really easy pieces. I think most of it is older by now, and was published by Alfred. Good luck!
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