Date of Award

Fall 12-16-2022

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Music Education (MME)



First Advisor

Dr. Andrew Chybowski

Second Advisor

Mr. Robert Kehle

Third Advisor

Dr. Peter A. Chung


One of the most important moments in beginning band is when a student first learns how to assemble and hold the instrument. As a band director, it is vital to be precise in explaining each element of this process. If steps are skipped over in this process, bad habits can form quickly and will cause more issues for the director. Instrument assembly and holding the instrument are covered in detail to help young band directors know how to explain this process. Additionally, this will help to find the bad habits quickly so problems do not snowball over time. It is always important to be proactive in the first steps. The next chapter covers core concepts such as learning the note names, rhythm, and practice habits in detail. The purpose is to help young band directors know where to start once the beginning band book is opened and ready to start the year.


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