Habits of a Successful Beginner Band Musician: A Comprehensive Method Book for Year One and Beyond is a field-tested, vital, and—most importantly—musical collection of 225 sequenced exercises for the beginning band student with…

     • Supplemental rhythm vocabulary sheets

     • Accompaniment tracks

     • Video start-up clinics

     • Professional video coaches


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Background Audio Accompaniments

Create a full-band experience for students even when practicing alone with background audio accompaniments for each song in the book!

Video Start-up Clinics

Set your students up for success from the start with a video set for each instrument covering maintenance, posutre, creating the first note and more!

Additional Teacher Tips

Tips, techniques, and extra information on the best practices to utilize Habits of a Successful Beginner Band Musician in your classroom.

Full Video Exercises

Learn by watching and listening to your individual instrument instructor play every exercise in the book. 

First Concert Series

Multiple FREE full scores and parts for every instrument of full songs to plan your students first concert.

Supplemental Solfege Exercises

Free worksheet of solfege patterns and sequenences to help develop your students musical abilities.

Supplemental Rhythm Charts

21 free worksheets of rhythm charts for students starting from the basics and progressing in complexity.

Percussion Grooves

Audio clips of percussion loops sortable by BPM to give students a sample background track to improvise over.

And Much, Much More!

Our free resources are constantly updating as we continue to support and provide resources for teachers and sutudents! 

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Habits of a Successful Beginner Band Musician is proud to partner with both MusicFirst and MakeMusic to provide easy and effective teaching solutions for the modern teacher.

Each platform offers reliable teaching tools like integrated gradebooks, compatibility with other familar resouces such as Schoology, Edomodo, BrightSpace, Canvas, Google Classroom, PowerSchool, and more.

The full curriculum, all exercises, audio accompaniments, and video resources are all fully accessible from either platform with built-in practice tools, real-time assessment and grading, fingering charts, and other interactive features.

Habits of a Successful Beginner Band Musician is available as part of the “All Access” option on MakeMusic and is part of PracticeFirst in the “Performance Ensembles” package on MusicFirst.

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Habits of A Successful Beginner Band Musician is terrific for every band director looking for a comprehensive beginning book. This book walks directors through the first 10 days which are so crucial to establishing a great foundation. It also varies from the usual Bb approach introducing chromatic notes earlier and making those concepts easier for students. I would have LOVED to have a book like this when I first began teaching beginners decades ago!! Well worth the investment!!

Susan Waters
Director of Bands,  W. H. Oliver Middle School, Nashville, Tennessee

“I have loved using Habits of a Successful Beginner Band Musician with my first-year players!  The curriculum sequence is very logical and does not move too quickly.  I really appreciate the “First Days of Instruction” portion because it gives teachers a strong sequence of concepts to introduce in those crucial opening days.  I also really appreciate the individual instrument pedagogical reminders/insights throughout the book.  Habits of a Successful Beginner Band Musician gives first-year students a strong foundation.  I am thrilled with it!”

Christine Wolf
Director of Bands, Central Davis Junior High School, Layton, Utah

“We have been piloting Habits of a Successful Beginner Band Musician this year with our 6th graders and it is simply fantastic! An innovative book that starts students in Solfege and reading rhythms right off the bat. One of the many things I love about Habits is the PERCUSSION (snare) parts are APPROPRIATE for the level, and go through a concept for several book lines for reinforcement – this is huge! This would be a great option for seasoned band directors who are looking for new content, or a first-year band director finding the right method book.”

Tara Melvin
Director of Bands, Awtrey Middle School, Kennesaw, Georgia

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ONE TEAM: To provide music teachers and students valuable resources that will help create a collaborative environment for music making AND to connect teachers and students in a significant way through music, love, passion, vision and purpose.