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MEASURESfor Beginning French Horn
Band directors often use band methods which are written so that all instruments can play in unison. These band methods require horn students to start on tones too difficult for beginners in order to perform with the group. That is why horn teachers should use a beginning method written exclusively for the French horn.
MEASURES for Beginning French Horn provides a comprehensive presentation of subject matter with clarity and in logical sequence. The approach to teaching rhythm is traditional with equal attention given to counting beats in order to accommodate students with agile cerebral abilities, and toe tapping for students more sensitive to a physical stimulus. There is emphasis on precise rhythms as well as playing musically.
Information in MEASURES for Intermediate French Horn continues sequentially from the beginning book. Bridging the Gap is intended to be used between the beginning and intermediate books in order to enhance and consolidate information and to help students to mature physically before progressing to the intermediate method.
CONTENT INCLUDED IN MEASURES FOR BEGINNING FRENCH HORN
Parts of the horn
Basic elements - presented throughout
Various time signatures - presented throughout
Whole notes, half notes & quarter notes with rests
Review pages - presented throughout
Understanding the time signature - A unique page to clarify time signatures.
Rhythm Lines - presented throughout to continue the understanding of time signatures
Eighth notes & rests
Minor keys & minor scales with variations
Sixteenth notes and patterns
The dotted eighth & sixteenth
There is so much information included in MEASURES for Beginning French Horn, that it is not practical to list each item. Click on the link above the book cover to see each page.
HOW THE BOOK CAN BE USED
MEASURES for beginning French Horn should be used for private lessons. It is superior to a band method horn book because it is written exclusively for the horn. The method is part of a three method series including BRIDGING THE GAP and MEASURES for Intermediate French Horn. Together the three books are powerful and offer a complete course for learning the French horn.
Group lessons in a public or private school setting can be approached like private lessons except that easier etudes should be played together, and fast or ornate exercises should be played individually.
The clarity of our books makes them appropriate for French horn pedagogy in group settings. Not only will prospective teachers understand the information, they will also have a practical resource to rely on in their own teaching.