The same comprehensive band method that integrates history, theory, creativity, and listening skills from the very first page! With familiar songs and engaging music carefully paced for young players, this method features specially-designed exercises for the classroom as well as exercises specific to each instrument. Also included: a start-up segment to help beginners assemble and take care of their instruments; 12 arrangements for full band; a planned first concert; Rubank scale and arpeggio studies and workouts for establishing daily practice habits. Now with the addition of Essential Elements Interactive, an innovative online resource, you have your own private, fully-secured website for teaching beyond the classroom. Students can play and record with multiple background tracks with additional video, audio, and .pdf resources available to both teachers and students. You can instantly stream or download play-along recordings and videos with solo parts played by professional musicians and accompaniment-only tracks are available for titles in many popular styles. Also available are recordings of all the exercises, additional duets and trios, and a music listening library of great band pieces. If internet access is not available, each book includes instructions for ordering a free CD-Rom.