Developing Balance Within Each Section of the Band

Robert W. Smith • October 2021Playing Tips • October 9, 2021

As you work to develop and teach balance within sections of the band, try rearranging the seating based on part assignments.  Instead of sitting together by part (i.e. 1st, 2nd, 3rd), try seating them in integrated trios.  For example, place a 3rd clarinetist in the traditional first chair. From there, assign chairs by integrating parts (3rd, 2nd, 1st – repeat down the line). Students can now hear their part in context and have a greater sense of individual responsibility.  Remind them to balance their trios!

Robert W. Smith

Troy University – Troy, AL

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