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National Standards

Singing, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music.
While singing is not a common activity in most band classes, vocalization does help students with pitch placement, especially for brass instruments. Students are encouraged to sing their music on a neutral syllable (like "Doo") before playing it to help build a good internal sense of pitch.

Performing on instruments, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music.
Accent on Achievement provides detailed instruction in the performance of a wide variety of music representing diverse genres and cultures. You'll find a wealth of folk and classical music throughout Books 1 & 2. Text and photographs reinforce good posture, playing position, and embouchure.

Improvising melodies, variations, and accompaniments.
Students learn how to create their own variations and participate in carefully structured exercises in basic improvisation in pentatonic and major keys, as well as playing by ear.

Composing and arranging music within specified guidelines.
In a series of creativity exercises, students learn to manipulate the elements of music, including rhythm, dynamics, orchestration and form. This knowledge is then applied in the writing of short compositions, which may then be performed by the students.

Reading and notating music.
Ample opportunity exists throughout the method for the development of music reading skills. Special theory exercises and rhythm drills are incorporated in the student books and in the Teacher's Resource Kit. Students practice notating music as well.

Listening to, analyzing, and describing music.
The CD in the Teacher's Resource Kit serves as the basis for a series of listening exercises designed to involve students in describing specific musical events and analyzing the use of the elements of music in musical selections.

Evaluating music and music performances.
Questions are posed throughout the conductor's score that may be used to engage students in a thoughtful evaluation of their performance as well as the performance of others.

Understanding relationships between music, other arts forms, disciplines outside the arts, and music in relation to history and culture.
Reproducible worksheets in the Teacher's Resource Kit provide opportunities for exploring the interrelationship between music and the culture-at-large in a variety of time periods and subject areas. Students will learn about the cultural and historical backgrounds of several musical selections in their book, with tie-ins to related arts and other subjects.
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