Breaking Band : Legacy Ensembles Transformed

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by Heather Fortune

(44 pages)

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This book will empower you to create student-centered programs, utilize powerful tech tools, and build community through music. Drawing for decades of experience, Heather Fortune provides inspiration to question and re-imagine school instrumental programs.

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Are you seeking to infuse your ensembles with fresh energy? Do you want to make your music program more relevant to students? Are you looking for ways to grow your pedagogy?  With the goal of equipping students to become lifelong music learners, Heather invites you to re-examine traditional structures and consider different pathways toward success in the secondary school instrumental music room.

In this book, Heather shares what she has learned on her journey from professional classical musician to secondary school music teacher. Over time she has built a program that centers student voice, choice, and agency in non-traditional ensembles. She aims to make school music programs equitable, relevant, and diverse environments that build community and connection. This book will empower you to create student-centered programs, utilize powerful tech tools, and build community through music. Both philosophical and practical, this book will serve as a guide to help you modernize your music program.

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Heather Fortune

About the Author

Heather chairs the Music Department and conducts instrumental ensembles at Friends Select School in Center City, Philadelphia, where for 15 years in the classroom she has welcomed all players of all instruments at all levels into her groups. Her background is in performance, and she maintains an active career as a freelance flutist. She arranges symphonies, pop classics, Latin grooves, jazz standards, and modern mind-benders, and is passionate about learning many kinds of music with students. Heather blends a multi-genre sensibility with craft, attention to detail, and fun, so that each rehearsal brings something new and musically interesting, full of opportunities to ponder both what is timely and timeless, plus a lot of gray areas in between.

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