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Learning was never so much fun! If you're looking for a revolutionary band curriculum that builds solid musicianship while motivating your students to practice throughout the year, then you've found it! This full band curriculum is sound in its pedagogy, written by leading young band composers and educators, including Robert W. Smith and Michael Story. The integration of important songs from the band world, that are both familiar and fun to play, is one of the stellar aspects of this course. Throughout the book, students experience music from a veritable "who's who" list of great band composers. They'll discover the musical contributions of Percy Grainger, Gustav Holst, Aaron Copland, George Gershwin, Duke Ellington, John Williams and John Philip Sousa as well as classical composers. Some of the notable features include: A wonderful variety of melodies that span various styles and periods, including many popular themes students will know: -A 96-track CD in each student book spans exercises throughout the lesson book -Professional accompaniments in diverse styles keep practice fun -A comprehensive score with related activities and supplementary lesson ideas -A DVD that complements the content of the lesson and offers short clips that are perfect for recruitment purposes -Historical notes on some of the most notable composers of band music -A percussion book that exposes students to performing more than 25 different instruments -Develop compositional skills, music reading skills, and learn the correlation between art and music -Includes 9 full band pieces written by Michael Story and Robert W. Smith -A teacher CD that includes wonderful listening opportunities for the students. Your students will love playing along with the CD accompaniment tracks! And, for the director the Teacher's Resource Kit provides a comprehensive score makes lesson planning easy and enjoyable. Related activities, supplementary lesson ideas, curriculum planning information and much, much more are offered to assist and inspire you.