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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000209.txt from 2001/02

From: webler <>
Subj: RE: [kl] Langenus Method Books
Date: Wed, 7 Feb 2001 02:40:00 -0500

The primary problems occur, with some students, when we begin going into
the clarion range. What I don't like about he Elementary Rubank is the
fact that, after introducing B-G, it immediately goes into working across
the break without, any real, exercises to get the student familiar with the
new notes.

I have found, with those students, that they do better with the Legenus for
two reasons: 1. There are more exercises focusing specifically on the
Chalemeau range just before introducing the Clarion range. 2. After
introducing the Clarion Range, there are more exercises aimed toward more
familiarity with the new notes before there is any attempt to work across
the break.

One particular student I have, who has been playing for about a year, is
having a very difficult time with the break. I decided to experiment with
him, because we were making such slow progress, by introducing him to the
1st Legenus book. He seemed to take to it right away during the last
lesson. (Unfortunately, I have not had a lesson with him for the last to
weeks because of illness and the GMEA (Georgia Music Educators
Association) conference. I have spoken with his mother over the phone and
she informs me that he is doing much better with this book and he also
likes it much better.)

Most of students have not had the same problem and, therefore, I will
probably continue using the Rubank Elementary with them.

As far as Advanced 1 and 2, go I'm going to have to start moving away from
them; primarily because they do not progress fast enough for the level
that students have to be to pass an audition for All State and District
bands. This year the 9th graders had to prepare the number 6 etude from
the Rose Etudes. We had to spend so much time on the Etude we had little
time to spend on scales. (Keep in mind, that all of these students have
only been with me since the end of September. The 8t grader that started
with me 2 years ago has made All State). Because of this, I am moving over
to the Melodious Exercises by David Hite, and giving them a much heavier
dose of scales and Arpeggios. The 8th grade Etudes were from pg. 51 and 71
of the Hite book this year.

What seems to be getting most of the students, according to all the
teachers that I have talked to, is the sight reading. The sight reading
bits used in Georgia, are not from any kind of standard literature. They
are short, nonsensical ditties that leave the most students scratching
their head. There are some publications that have recently become
available which have examples of this kind of sight reading material.
There only two things I know that will help sight reading: 1. Practice
sight reading. 2. Learn Scales and Arpeggios. Therefore, that is what I
plan on concentrating on.

(It's late and I have just run out of words)

Jay Webler
Jay's Clarinet and Percussion

In the meantime, I'm just going keep counting those long 'Green Lines". Or
was that white lines?

-----Original Message-----
From: Dee D. Hays []
Subject: Re: [kl] Langenus Method Books

----- Original Message -----
From: "webler" <>
Subject: [kl] Langenus Method Books

> I would like to poll the list to see if anyone has used or are using the
> Langenus Method books. I have started experiment with volume one for
> of my students that seem to have trouble with the Rubank approach. Any
> thoughts?
> Jay Webler

What kind of problems do the students have with the Rubank approach? Which
volumes are you talking about, Elementary, Intermediate, or Advanced? Just

Dee Hays

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