Attention Grabbers Galore!
"Mac and Cheese!"..."Everybody Freeze!"
Every music teacher needs a bag full of verbal tricks to get the attention of a large noisy group. No matter how disciplined your class is, there will be moments (in and out of class) when you quickly need to grab everyone's undivided attention.
Buzzfeed to the rescue! Using the link below you can browse through a list of over two dozen attention grabbers. Two or three are bound to work perfectly for your personality as a teacher and fit your classroom needs. Instant silence has never been so easy!
Free Jazz History Poster
This poster started as a graduate school project, and represents hundreds of hours of research and graphics work. You will enjoy using this poster to clarify the essential periods of jazz history and to point out the most acclaimed jazz giants on each instrument. After showing the primary elements that evolved into the early jazz of New Orleans, the timeline continues into the swing, bebop, post bop, and fusion periods. In addition to individual innovators, a "big band tradition" ribbon shows the most important big bands of each era.
The poster can be printed up to 4' long with high resolution graphics, and will look attractive on your band room wall. Download now for FREE as a JPG or PDF file, compliments of StepWise Publications, from our Free Music Posters page (click here).
About a year ago I was contacted by the Richard Canter, the author of the Scale and Rhythm Chunks books for band. He was finishing his 2nd edition of the books, and liked the StepWise Fingering Charts, and asked if he could use them in the books. I was delighted to say "yes", beginning a 3-month collaboration with him that took my charts to the next level.
He and his publisher, Focus on Music, had several ideas for improving the charts, including:
1-Adding an Enharmonics inset
2-Showing 4-valve options for Tuba & Baritone
3-Showing 3rd valve slide extensions for Trumpet
4-Increasing the range for all brass instruments
Just as we were wrapping up this collaborative effort to make the ultimate one-page fingering chart for every band instrument, we realized that we would have a chance to meet in person at the upcoming Ohio Music Educators Conference convention. He lives and works in Ohio, and I was flying out there from Utah to present a clinic on jazz improvisation. It was an amazing coincidence! We became quick friends at the conference, and I was excited to see his 2nd edition books, hot off the press, complete with my new StepWise fingering charts.
It is about time I update this website with the Extended Range charts that we created together a few years back. So, if your brass players are ready to expand their range up to the 7th partial, you can now download the Extended Range Charts on each brass instrument page. Here's to getting our brass musicians playing HIGHER along with faster and louder!
Curtis Winters has taught band, orchestra, and jazz band at a small Title 1 junior high school in Orem, UT for 18 years.