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Back to School: Method Books Edition (Part 1)

Although for most of us it still feels like the middle of summer outside, it is time for many folks to begin thinking about back-to-school, and the new books and supplies for the year. That, of course, includes books for music classes, band, and orchestra. In the past, we’ve discussed books for college students, and some books for piano, voice and band students. However, we’ve never written in-depth about some of the method books we have available in the collection for band and orchestra students from elementary through high school. Below you will find a partial list of method books for wind instruments – there are many more that could not be listed here! As always, please contact us if you have any questions, or would like to order any of this material! Stay tuned for next week’s blog where we will provide information about more instruments not listed here.

A photo of the U.S. Army Band at War College, taken June 29, 1925. The band is standing on the steps of the college facing front.

U.S. Army Band at War College, 6/29/25. 1 negative, [19]25 June 29. //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/npcc.13873


Alfred’s Basic Band Method for Flute or Oboe (BRM35232 [bk. 1], BRM35171 [bk. 2])
Rubank Boehm System Flute Chart (BRM35403)

Standard of Excellence: Flute (BRM32987 [bk. 1]: vol. 1, vol. 2 vol. 3; BRM34623 [bk. 2])

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Standard of Excellence: Flute (LPM00679 [bk. 1])


Alfred’s Basic Band Method for Flute or Oboe (BRM35232 [bk. 1], BRM35171 [bk. 2])
Fourteen Weeks to a Better Band: Flute/Oboe/Bells (BRM35526 [bk. 1], BRM35527 [bk. 2])
Oboe Fingering Chart, taken from The Belwin Orchestra Builder (BRM36174)
Rubank Elementary Method: Oboe (BRM30166)


Braille: B-flat Clarinet
Standard of Excellence: B-flat Clarinet (BRM32893 [bk. 1], vol. 1, vol. 2, vol. 3, vol. 4BRM35675 [bk. 2], BRM35853 [bk. 3])
Yamaha Band Student: B-flat Clarinet (BRM32991 [bk.1])

Braille: Bass Clarinet
The Belwin Band Builder: Bass Clarinet (BRM08481 [part 1], BRM08446 [part 2], BRM08507 [part 3])
The Belwin Orchestra Builder: Bass Clarinet (BRM10031 [part 1], BRM12389 [part 2])

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The Belwin Band Builder: Alto Clarinet (LPM00026)
Standard of Excellence: B-flat Clarinet (LPM00757)


Braille: E-flat Alto Saxophone
Breeze-easy Method: Saxophone (BRM35537)
Standard of Excellence: E-flat Alto Saxophone (BRM32993 [bk. 1], vol. 1, vol. 2; BRM35933 [bk. 2])

Braille: Tenor Saxophone
Belwin Band Builder: Tenor Saxophone (BRM08484 [part 1], BRM08436 [part 2], BRM08511 [part 3])
Yamaha Band Student: Tenor Saxophone (BRM35222 [bk. 1])

Braille: Baritone Saxophone
Belwin Band Builder: Baritone Saxophone (BRM08482 [part 1], BRM08437 [part 2], BRM08501 [part 3])

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Standard of Excellence: E-flat Alto Saxophone (LPM00681)
Standard of Excellence: B-flat Tenor Saxophone by Bruce Pearson (LPM00671)


Belwin Band Builder: Bassoon (BRM08483 [part 1], BRM08444 [part 2], BRM08502 [part 3])
Belwin Orchestra Builder: Bassoon (BRM10028 [part 1], BRM12392 [part 2])


Braille: Mellophone/Eb Horn
Belwin Band Builder: Eb Mellophone or Eb French Horn (BRM08485 [part 1], BRM08440 [part 2], BRM08508 [part 3])

Braille: French Horn
Best in Class: Comprehensive Band Method: French Horn by Bruce Pearson (BRM36206, vol. 1, vol. 2)
Breeze-Easy Method: French Horn (BRM35571)
Rubank Intermediate Method: for French Horn (BRM11373)

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Rubank Advanced Method for French Horn (LPM00518)


Arban’s Complete Conservatory Method for Trumpet (BRM29288, vol. 1, vol. 2, vol. 3., vol. 4, vol. 5, vol. 6, vol. 7, vol. 8, vol. 9, vol. 10)
Essential Elements 2000: A Comprehensive Band Method  (BRM34657 [bk. 1], BRM35781 [bk.2])
Standard of Excellence: Trumpet/Cornet (BRM34591 [bk. 1], BRM33863 [bk. 2], BRM33053 [bk. 3])

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Standard of Excellence: Trumpet/Cornet  (LPM00740 [bk.1], LPM00767 [bk. 2], LPM00785 [bk. 3])


Rubank Intermediate Method for Trombone or Baritone (BRM00939)
Standard of Excellence: Baritone (BRM36004 [bk. 1])
Standard of Excellence: Trombone (BRM32989 [bk. 1], vol. 1, vol. 2; BRM35932 [bk. 2])

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Standard of Excellence: Trombone (LPM00673 [bk. 1], LPM00768 [bk. 2])


Belwin Band Builder: Bass (Tuba) (BRM05319 [part 1], BRM08432 [part 2], BRM08512 [part 3])
Belwin Orchestra Builder: Bass (Tuba) (BRM10020 [part 1], BRM12402 [part 2])

A Gem in the Music Appreciation Collection

One of the most nerve-racking events I ever experienced as a music student was participating in master classes. I remember one class in particular vividly; the feeling of slight panic as the master class teacher repeated for the fourth time, “no, not like that, try again.” I could hear the audience shifting in their seats […]

¡Feliz Cumpleaños, Ernesto!

August 6 is the birthday of Cuban composer Ernesto Lecuona, who lived from 1895 to 1963. While some composers’ names might stir a vague recollection of some concert I attended, Lecuona brings to mind an indelible childhood memory. It happened on a Monday afternoon when I was five or six years old. I was lying […]

There’s No Song Like an Old Song

I’m always reminding myself how fortunate I am to live in an area that offers not only great classical music, theater and dance performances, but many popular music performers make a stop, especially during the summer. Being a child of the sixties, rock and roll concerts usually meant performances in smoky nightclubs (missed out on […]

Thinking About Learning Braille Music? Part II

Continued from last week While Bettye Krolick’s How to Read Braille Music: An Introduction is suitable for students who already know the basics of music and only need to learn how to decipher braille music symbols, Richard Taesch’s An Introduction to Music for the Blind Student is suitable for students who are just starting their […]

Thinking About Learning Braille Music? Part I

I always get excited when a patron requests a book on reading braille music because it means one more patron might be able to take advantage of our wonderful braille music collection. In my opinion, braille music readers have an edge over non-readers since they are able to explore and interpret the score themselves. In […]

The Soul of the Saxophone

In the space of just two weeks, musicians and music-lovers remember the life and death of two of the most famous saxophonists known to the world: Eric Dolphy, who passed away on June 29th, 1964 and Albert Ayler, who was born on July 13th, 1936. Each of them left an indelible mark on the world, […]

From Loose Change to Reconciliation in Beethoven Quartets

Often the blogs we write have something to do with the calendar: a historic event, date of birth or death, etc. but this blog concerns a favorite topic of mine. Going through all the Robert Greenberg courses that the Music Section offers, I found one called “The String Quartets of Beethoven.” So I got the […]

Connections: Participating in Pride Month

Recently on June 9th-10th, I had the pleasure to present some treasures at the recent “Pride in the Library: LGBTQ+ Voices in the Library of Congress Collections” exhibit. This was in the Jefferson Building and there was great interest in what was on display.  The attendance record (2,365 visitors over three days) illustrates the level of […]