Brass Methods

Brass Methods

An Essential Resource for Educators, Conductors, and Students

David Kish


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This book was designed for use in a heterogenous brass methods class and as a reference source for school band and orchestra directors. It provides concise descriptions and recommendations for all brass instruments, including instrument similarities and differences, breath support, historical perspective, and transposition. The information is easily accessible and provides in-depth, yet practical knowledge for music educators, conductors, and students. Includes:

Instrument assembly and correct habits of embouchure, hand position, and articulationCarefully detailed fingering and slide position chartsInstructive photographs for each instrumentProgressive musical exercises and compositionsAdvanced concepts including vibrato, overtone series, and multiple articulationTroubleshooting mechanical problems, common repairs, and maintenanceRecommendations for selecting mouthpieces, instruments, method books, and study literatureBrass "toolbox" suggestions for common repairs and maintenance


David Kish:
David Kish is Director of Bands and Professor of Music at Metropolitan State University of Denver (Colorado) where he conducts the Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, and teaches conducting and music education courses. He has twice served as a Faculty Fellow in the Center for Innovation at MSU Denver, is a member of the editorial board for the Journal of Band Research, and curator of the J.L. Gerardi Band Research Center.