Cinematic Long Tones
Here's a fun way to practice long tones a bit differently. The following music track uses the Remington Long Tones sequence, but takes you though a "cinematic" journey while playing (aurally speaking). What started as a "what if I tried this" moment, acutally turned out to work pretty well. These can be done with individuals or groups or even a full ensemble. This gives a great new way to work on some of the basics: air/breath, tone, intonation, pulse, etc. Enjoy!
Epic Counting is a random idea that came to me to work on reading eighth notes and eighth rests. My band wasn't reading as well as I wanted, but the teaching routine was getting slightly dull. First, teach the counting sheet. You can teach it all together, divide the ensemble into groups, or even have students tap both lines at a time. After you have a decent level of mastery, you can play the accompanying track as seen be low. Have fun!