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Teaching Low Brass

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Steven Maxwell, Kansas State University

Copyright Year: 2018

ISBN 13: 9781944548162

Publisher: New Prairie Press

Language: English

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Reviewed by RJ Miller, Director of Music Technology, Instructor of Scoring for Film & TV, Metropolitan State University of Denver on 4/19/23

The topics covered are comprehensiveness. The text, however, occasionally lacks depth and at times relies upon direct quotes from outside sources. That being said, the text also contains ample original content and provides adequate references to... read more

Reviewed by Bill Haugeberg, Assistant Professor of Low Brass, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley on 11/4/20

The text covers all basic topics for a low brass methods course, but still leaves room for the instructor to add their own material as well. It also covers all topics with enough clarity that a music education student could learn many basic... read more

Table of Contents

  • Brass History
  • The Overtone Series
  • General Intonation Tendencies
  • Embouchure
  • Embouchure Problems
  • General intonation Tendencies
  • Instruments, Mouthpieces, and Equipment
  • Low Brass Literature
  • Basic Instrument Maintenance
  • Vibrato
  • Low Brass in the Marching Band
  • Baritone vs. Euphonium-What's the difference by David Werden
  • Appendix I - Trombone/Euphonium Etudes
  • Appendix II - Tuba Etudes
  • Appendix III - Warm-ups
  • Appendix IV - Trombone Slide Positions / Euphonium FIngerings
  • Appendix V - Tuba Fingerings
  • Appendix VI - Major Scales
  • Bibliography
  • About the Author


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  • About the Book

    The purpose of this textbook is to provide resources about teaching low brass instruments to music educators and future music educators. The book was developed by the author as part of the open/alternative textbook initiative at Kansas State University. It Is the textbook used for the Kansas State University course Music 239-Low Brass Techniques and Materials.

    The textbook focuses on two areas: basic information including pedagogical material for teaching low brass students and low brass etudes. The information is divided into several categories including brass history, the overtone series, general intonation tendencies, embouchure, instruments and equipment, literature, maintenance, vibrato, and low brass in the marching band. Pedagogical material is interspersed throughout each of the chapters.

    Etudes are incorporated in the appendix of the textbook. These etudes are intended to be used in a laboratory setting with future music educators learning each low brass instrument for the first time. Instrument fingerings, slide positions, and simple warm-up material is also available in the appendix.

    About the Contributors


    Dr. Steven Maxwell is Associate Professor of Tuba and Euphonium at Kansas State University. In addition, he teaches low brass techniques and the History of Rock and Roll. Dr. Maxwell is also the tubist with the K-State Faculty Brass Quintet and the director of the K-State Tuba Euphonium Ensemble. He is an active clinician, adjudicator, and soloist throughout the United States and Europe. Dr. Maxwell has been active internationally performing at prestigious conferences including the International Tuba and Euphonium Conferences, the International Trombone Festival, andthe U. S. Army Band Tube-Euphonium Workshop. He has also performed at numerous regional conferences over the years including the Great Plains, South Central, Rocky Mountain, and Southwest Regional Tuba and Euphonium Conferences.

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