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Back to School: Method Books Edition (Part 1)

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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.

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])

Comments (2)

  1. I am a music teacher at the Virginia School for Deaf and Blind. I was wondering where can I buy band method books in braille? Thank you for the help!

    • Hi Gabrielle,

      There may be a few institutions and/or transcribers that already have the method books you are looking for in braille, but it would depend on the method book series and instrument. Unfortunately there is not one major source where you can buy these materials. Please contact us directly ([email protected] or 1-800-424-8567 ext. 2) with details about what you are looking for and we may be able to help you find it!

      Thank you!
      Katie Rodda

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