Music 360

MUSC 360

Catalog Entry

MUSC 360.  Marching Band Techniques. (1)

Two hours lecture/laboratory. 

A survey of the methods and materials necessary for the organization, administration, and instruction of school marching bands.  At least 4 hours of observation/participation in public school music classes.


Detailed Description of Content of Course

      This course focuses on the following: 

1.   Philosophy of the marching band.

                  A.  Purpose in Public Schools      

                  B.  Contest and festival participation

                  C.  Legal and Ethical issues.

      1)   Copyright laws.

      2)   Appropriate use of technology.

      3)   Student safety and security

      4)   Other issues related to teaching


2.   Planning and organization for marching bands.

      A.  Personnel.

      B.  Equipment and technologies.

      C.  Scheduling of performance and rehearsal.


3.   Evaluation of marching band styles.


4.   Music selection for the marching band.


5.   Show design principles for the marching band. 

      A.  Manual Techniques for charting marching band shows.

      B.  Use of technology in charting marching band shows.


6.   Marching fundamentals.


7.   Teaching and rehearsing the field show.

      A.  Rehearsal structures and procedures.

      B.  Pedagogical techniques.

      C.  Coordination of music and motion.

      D.  Perfecting a performance.


8.   Auxiliary units in the marching band program.  Observation of the instruction of school marching bands.


Detailed Description of Conduct of Course

The course includes reading assignments, discussion, lecture, papers, class presentations, hands on drill writing, and exams.


Goals and Objectives of the Course

At the conclusion of the course, the student will:


1.         Articulate a philosophy of the role of the marching band within the framework of the total music education program of schools.


2.         Describe the planning and organization concerns and processes for marching band directors.


3.   Understand the various marching styles.


4.   Describe the music selection process for school marching bands.


5.   Design marching drill by hand and with the aid of a computer program.


6.   Understand methodologies for teaching marching fundamentals


7.   Understand methodologies for teaching field shows


8.   Discuss the role of auxiliary units in the marching band program.


9.         Be able to apply learned information and techniques to the National Standards for Arts Education (Music).


10.       Be able to apply learned information and techniques to the Virginia Standards of Learning (SOLs).


Assessment Measures

Assessment will include written tests, projects, field experience logs, homework and a written final examination.


Other Course Information


Approval and Subsequent Reviews

Revised April, 2009