Blocki & Rebecca Hovan
December 6th, 2017 Introducing the 3rd Edition of Book 2.
Many, many new student tested pieces! If you liked the 2nd ed. you are going to LOVE, LOVE this edition!!
Accompaniment tracks will be available soon! Many of these have lots of fun percussion parts and even full orchestra.
The award-winning Book II has been carefully designed
to be versatile, so that it can be used after any beginning band
method book. Each of the six key-based units (beginning with B-flat major)
opens with a foundation page to be used
throughout the unit, which includes scales, arpeggios, finger exercises, a
flexibility exercise, and trills.
a new rhythm pattern is introduced using our "fill in the note value"
approach to ensure correct understanding and execution. This method of teaching
has been highly successful, especially with students who have had difficulty
learning new rhythms. Each unit provides much systematic review so that the
students can master the new rhythms and techniques. Often students learn to
play a rhythm pattern in a piece, but cannot sight read that same rhythm in a
new piece. This is like teaching students by rote to read "The Cat in the
Hat" and then having to start all over when they pick up "Are You My
Mother?" Our goal is that the students will quickly become excellent sight
Other features in this 97-page book include an abundance of duets and
rounds, theory projects, transposition exercises, and composition pages.
the most unique features of this method is the inclusion of the many
composition projects which allow the students to be creative and "think
outside the box" but, at the same time, to teach the basic concepts of
music theory. Parameters are given as guidelines, and then "the sky's the
limit!" After two years of sorting through thousands of melodies, only
those that would both systematically help students to master new techniques and
make students excited about practicing made it into the book.