Episode 23: Connecting Sheet Music to Daily Warm-Ups and Drills


Are you and your students getting the most out of your daily warm-ups? When we first began teaching band, we definitely were not using warm-ups in the most effective way possible. We’d spend a few minutes playing scales and then go right into playing sheet music. Because of the way we were warming up, the students were not able to sight read leading to all sorts of issues when we would try to play new pieces. We knew we needed to find a better way to tie daily warm-ups to sheet music so our students could be successful.

One of the main goals of warm-ups is to prepare the body and brain to perform music but they can also be a valuable tool to teach concepts. If we can use warm-ups as a way to teach new concepts before we play sheet music with these concepts, we are setting our students up for success! Practicing in isolation makes it much easier for our students to play music without frustration. We have found a way to make our daily warm-ups an essential part of how we teach new concepts and prepare our students for playing upcoming sheet music and we are sharing how we do that in today’s episode! 

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In this episode we cover:

  • What we have previously done for warm-ups that did not work well
  • The importance of effective warm-ups to prepare for music performance
  • How to use backwards planning to ensure your warm-ups are covering skills students need for upcoming sheet music 
  • Why it’s important to work on phrasing, rhythm skills, and articulations during warm-ups and how we do this
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