An examination of school band literature as it relates to tuba pedagogy

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William Gray Beach (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Marjorie Bagley

Abstract: Today, a wealth of pedagogical resources exists for the tuba compared to a century ago, and yet the educational standards for tuba playing in the concert band ensemble lag behind those of other instruments. Tuba players routinely receive less exposure to more complex music than players of other instruments. Opportunities for musical growth are consequently diminished compared to players of other instruments. Students need equal challenge across all parts of the concert band literature so that they have equal opportunity to experience musical growth. In this study, frequently played band literature is examined, and whether that literature is appropriately challenging for the student tubist. This examination includes representative works for the high school concert band selected from the North Carolina Bandmasters Association Music Performance Adjudication (MPA) list. The relative difficulty of their reported level to the evaluated level of the tuba parts is analyzed. As a result, pedagogical recommendations are made for the purpose of increasing the level of preparation for the tubist.

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Language: English
Date: 2019
Band Literature, Concert Band, Low Brass, Tuba, Tuba Curriculum, Tuba Pedagogy
Tuba $x Instruction and study
Tuba music $x Analysis, appreciation

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