When many programs shut down last summer (some temporarily and some for the whole year), my long-time colleague (Andrew Ebert) and I started to brainstorm some ways to keep students involved from home while still developing necessary skills and having fun. This became the genesis of “Music & Motion”. Initially it was created so that students could work on marching and playing at the same time in different environments: at home alone, with small groups, or the entire band.
Although it was created to deal with a specific situation, it became something that filled that gap between fundamentals and performance. Going into the 2021 season and beyond this kind of program will be a very useful tool in preparing students for maximum performance quality!
This spring a took some of the brass and woodwind leaders from The Centerville Jazz Band and began working on Etude 1 (Goin’ Home). They learned the music and visual portions very easily… but once we started to put it together it was very eye opening!
Even after a few reps you could see and hear the confidence growing and the quality improve. I’m excited to push further through the program this summer and keep bridging that gap to their performances this fall!
Here is a podcast we did with Tim Hinton at Marching Arts Education that talks about it in depth: