Musicianship: Composing in Band and Orchestra

Catalog: G8444

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Musicianship: Composing in Band and Orchestra is a pioneering and practical answer to one of the great music education mysteries: how to effectively bring music composition to the band and orchestra room at all levels, as mandated by the National Standards.

Written by more than 35 nationally recognized teachers and composers, this book is truly a landmark music education publication. Part 1 provides an introduction to the value of composition in instrumental instruction, from elementary through college level, including chapters on:

  • getting started with composition
  • assessing a composition
  • generating a piece with narrative

Part 2 bridges theory and practice, with chapters devoted to creating a culture of creativity, preparing students, implementing technology, and involving the entire ensemble.

Finally, Part 3 features a diverse range of lesson plans by 25 teachers and composers, presenting imaginative and pedagogically sound approaches and projects for all levels of skill for grades K–12. Eminently practical and user-friendly, these plans will assist teachers who seek to enrich their students’ understanding of music. Students will acquire tools for developing their ability to use composing as a route to creative expression.

Musicianship: Composing in Band and Orchestra offers an ideal combination of theory and practice, an essential resource for any school band or orchestra conductor.

Clint Randles is Assistant Professor and Coordinator of Music Education at the University of South Florida School of Music in Tampa, Florida. David Stringham is Assistant Professor of Music at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Peter R. Webster is Professor Emeritus of Music Education at the Bienen School of Music, Northwestern University.

Publisher: GIA
Composer/Author: Various
Arranger/Editor: Randales and Stringham
Catalog Number: G8444