by David Kish


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Guides to Band Masterworks, Volume IV

By Robert Kish. ISBN 978-1-57463-390-0, $24.95

This continuation of volumes 1, 2 and 3 provides band directors with a ready-made curriculum developed to incorporate comprehensive-musicianship training through quality band literature. This volume features Yorkshire Ballad by James Barnes, Lux Aurumque by Eric Whitacre and Dusk by Steven Bryant. Every unit study integrates technical skills, musical knowledge and creative projects that lead student musicians to an enlightened and expressive performance. Each unit study includes:

  • Ear Training
  • Rhythm Studies
  • Essential Skills information for teaching the compositional elements of music
  • Rehearsal Strategies for addressing common ensemble issues
  • Creative Projects
  • Active Listening Activities
  • Sample Teaching Schedule
  • Unit Quiz (and Answer Sheet)
  • Student Practice Plan
  • Optional Band Projects

Student workbooks for each of the featured works may be downloaded


“ . . . It brilliantly brings the music to the students, and the students to the music, from every imaginable angle, simultaneously giving insight into specific technical challenges of Dusk while illustrating the larger shape and drama of the music.”

Steven Bryant, Composer

“…an excellent new publication. Highly recommended!!!” 

Frank L. Battisti, Conductor Emeritus, New England Conservatory Wind Ensemble

“.  It is insightful, helpful and filled with expert analytical detail and lesson plans.”

John R. Locke, Professor & Director of Bands, University of North Carolina at Greensboro; Editor, The Journal of Band Research

“… this publication provides the ideal model for superior instrumental music programs.”

Edward S. Lisk, Clinician, Conductor, Author

Click here for a digital version of Student Workbooks for this publication


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