A large poster with this message was always present in my band room…..and many other band directors as well. But how do you teach good tone to very young students? Call me crazy, but one method that always worked for me and which young students loved was “how many ways can you make a bad sound” or “what is it that makes bad sounds?” We discovered and analyzed those and then took great care to avoid them. It made it a lot of fun to then shift focus and be “serious” and find out what makes good sounds. And it let me teach beginner band students important lessons in trial and error, listening, cooperation and team work. In the beginning was tone, and so much more.
|- Brad Bone, 30+ year band director and music educator|