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Teaching 6th grade can be a daunting task! Directors know that teaching the same concept over and over and over again can seem like a run in a hamsters. Hamsters do stop..eventually. This song is made in Concert E-Flat Major and 4/4 is the time signature throughout. You can hear the driving rhythms of this piece in the percussion section. The low brass and low reeds create a grooving rhythm above the percussion hamster wheel. The wood winds and brass are treated to accessible and fun melodies while keeping your students engaged. You do not have to take this piece 160 BPM, it is merely there as a suggestion. Always strive to have your group play clean before you speed the song up. There are also great opportunities for articulations and dynamics for your young band students.

Hamster Wheel- Grade 1

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