Band, Jazz, & Orchestra

Essential Elements for Band

Essential Elements Correlated Materials

Essential Elements Correlated Materials offer many resources for directors to enhance learning. A variety of materials provide teachers with lesson plans, supplemental classroom activities, communication and advocacy materials, and much more.

Teacher Resource Kits

Teacher Resource Kits

The Teacher Resource Kit for Book 1 is a valuable source of support materials. The kits include lesson plans, reproducible student activity pages, plus much more.

For more information, click on each of the bullet points below:

Each kit includes 30+ lesson plans correlated to Book 1, organized into three parts:

1. Learning Objectives

2. Strategies for Teaching objectives

3. Assessment of Objectives

These lesson plans are designed to help you get the most out of your Essential Elements experience.

Student activity worksheets have been developed to provide support materials to enhance learning and help develop comprehensive musicianship. Some activities can be done in class, while others may be used as homework assignments. All pages are reproducible.

Activities include:

  • Rhythm Studies
  • Creating Music
  • Music Theory
  • Music History
  • Listening Exercises
  • Quizzes

All documents are available on the included CD-ROM. Lesson plans can be imported into any word processing program, allowing you to edit, personalize and print.

The Listening Lessons can be played on a CD player or a computer enabled for CD audio playback.

Book 1

Piano Accompaniment Books

Piano Accompaniment Books

The accompaniment books can provide helpful guidance for teaching beginning instrumentalists and can be used in band class, small group lessons, or performance. Features include:

  • Cue line of the melody part
  • Accompaniments are written at a medium-easy level
  • Harmony and style of each accompaniment is fully compatible with the student CD background tracks
  • Includes chord symbols to adapt the written part for specific teaching situations
Director's Communication Kit

Director's Communication Kit

For All Band Programs
by Tim Lautzenheiser and Charles Menghini

Dr. Tim has provided every teacher with communication letters focusing on music advocacy, the importance of arts in our schools, and the benefits of musical study in the development of a child. Dr. Charles Menghini, President and Director of Bands at VanderCook College of music, Chicago, has contributed additional letters written specifically for band - essential timesavers for the busy band director.

Included is a CD-ROM - copy, adapt, personalize and print each letter. For PC or Mac computers. Features include:

  • Music advocacy letters (16)
  • Letters about band (17)
  • Resource information
  • Guidelines for directors