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Having worked with elementary band students for the past 26 years, I have found that having my Woodwind and Brasswind students think of the acronym AIM (Air in Motion) works a lot better than asking them to “support their air,” which can mean several things and become confusing.

I have them imagine a target (bull’s eye) across the room that they “AIM” their air at and blow through the horn, thus producing a full, rich, characteristic tone.


Paul Tomashefsky

Mill Pond Elementary School

Westborough, Massachusetts

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