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Rhythm work
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I would love to know what kind of rhythm work you all do with your middle school bands.  Any particular method books or exercises that you've had success with?  Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mark Dodge Feb 23.

Unruly Drummers
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Dear all, as the discussion title indicates, I would love to hear suggestions from you about how you deal with middle school drum students who are disruptive and/or show a lack of motivation during…Continue

Tags: techniques, modification, rehearsal, unruly, mod

Started this discussion. Last reply by Pamela A Rezach Feb 3.

 

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Mark Dodge replied to Mark Dodge's discussion Rhythm work
"I agree with you - I don't mean to diminsh the effectiveness of the concepts presented in the method books or the work that the author(s) do.  I myself use Standard of Excellence and find many useful aspects in the book especially in book…"
Feb 23
Pamela A Rezach replied to Mark Dodge's discussion Rhythm work
"In defense of publishers who create the method books: I understand they have only so much space in which to in-corporate the concepts that need to be included in the method books.  I am not condemning them.  But, the lack of repetition…"
Feb 23
Mark Dodge replied to Mark Dodge's discussion Rhythm work
"Thank you so much Pamela!  I agree - method books jump around from concept to concept too quickly.  I'll try these after break! Mark"
Feb 18
Pamela A Rezach replied to Mark Dodge's discussion Rhythm work
"It's been a few years since I've participated on the website. I created a series of what I refer to as "training band" files.  I found them to be very beneficial when introducing new concepts to my middle school bands.…"
Feb 14
Pamela A Rezach replied to Mark Dodge's discussion Unruly Drummers
"Not for performances but...one year I experienced a group of unruly drummers. Nothing seemed to work until I divided them (mallets and drums.)  I re-arranged the band chairs so there was room to put the mallets along one side of the band, close…"
Feb 3
Mark Dodge replied to Mark Dodge's discussion Unruly drummers
"Russ, that's a great idea, thanks!"
Jun 6, 2015
Mark Dodge replied to Mark Dodge's discussion Unruly drummers
"Brian, great ideas, thank you!"
Jun 6, 2015
Brian Nickerson replied to Mark Dodge's discussion Unruly drummers
"It can depend on the day, mood, position of the sun, but I have tried having them sit on stools or chairs when not playing thus distancing them from the drum then asking them to stand up and approach when asked to play. Keeping drum mutes on the…"
Jun 4, 2015
Mark Dodge replied to Mark Dodge's discussion Rhythm work
"Thank you for the reply!"
Dec 13, 2014
Mark Dodge posted a discussion

Rhythm work

I would love to know what kind of rhythm work you all do with your middle school bands.  Any particular method books or exercises that you've had success with?  See More
Nov 18, 2014
Mark Dodge replied to Andrew Bruington's discussion Assessment in Large Groups
"Andrew, I'm new to the website and I realize your post is over a year old.  Did you have any luck with assessing your students?  Last year I had a 6th grade band of around 55 and I faced the same challenge with assessment.  I had…"
Nov 2, 2014
Mark Dodge posted a discussion

Unruly drummers

Dear all, as the discussion title indicates, I would love to hear suggestions from you about how you deal with middle school drum students who are disruptive and/or show a lack of motivation during rehearsal.  Any and all suggestions are welcome!See More
Nov 1, 2014
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University of Southern Maine
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CCNY
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Eastchester Middle School

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