Method Books

Tradition of Excellence

Beginning Band Instruction Has Changed Forever!

The Tradition of Excellence Comprehensive Band Method is a music educator’s dream! It’s a flexible performance–centered curriculum that seamlessly blends classic and contemporary pedagogy and cutting–edge technology. Bruce Pearson and Ryan Nowlin present a systematic comprehensive musicianship curriculum second–to–none. Book 1 and 2 are available through KJOS Music.

Now Available: Tradition of Excellence: Technique & Musicianship.

Tradition of Excellence combines time–tested approaches, today’s trends and tomorrow’s technology to advance your band program.

Time–Tested Approaches:

  • Three unique starting systems
  • Differentiated instruction and learning allows you to customize your teaching
  • Pedagogically sound two-page lessons
  • Sound-before-symbol rhythm instruction
  • Scales, technical studies, chop builders, warm-ups, rhythm studies and
  • Solos, duets, rounds, band pieces and ensembles, including three built-in
    concert programs

Today’s Trends:

  • Comprehensive Standards-based curriculum
  • Color coding connects new concepts with the music
  • Rhythm introductions adaptable to any counting system
  • Nine–page Oboe starting system
  • Expanded Horn book with F and B-flat fingerings
  • All–in–one Percussion book
  • Repertoire from across time and around the world
  • Built–in written and performance assessment
  • Theory, composition, ear training, improvisation, orchestration, conducting and history in every student book
  • Historical and interdisciplinary worksheets and teaching guides
  • Ready–to–use lesson plans
  • Multiple–option ensemble scoring
  • Comprehensive, easy–to–use Conductor Score
  • Score companion: Teaching Band with Excellence: a Comprehensive Curricular, Pedagogical, and Administrative Resource –- an indispensable aid to the teacher

Tomorrow’s Technology:

  • Revolutionary Interactive Practice Studios™ and Interactive Teaching Studio™ that offer intuitive virtual student and teacher environments
  • State–of–the–art accompaniment recordings
  • Instrument–specific DVDs containing video lessons, accompaniments and importable audio files
  • Downloadable lesson plans, worksheets and editable forms
  • Interactive whiteboard–ready
  • Subscription–based SmartMusic® support

The Tradition of Excellence Comprehensive Band Method is comprised of:

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