A Brief History of the Wind Band – A Spark to Learn More

A Brief History of the Wind Band -A Spark to Learn More

Joseph DeTato
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Abington Sr. High School

TI:ME Technology Areas Addressed:

Instructional Software


High School


General Music


Dell PC’s with Powerpoint and Internet access and Quicktime, large classroom monitors, stereo audio amplification.


60:00 Minutes

Prior Knowledge and Skills:

1 A developing understanding of the relationship between music, art, history and literature throughout various historical periods.
2. A basic understanding of the development of music from the Greeks and Romans through the early 20th century.
3. Basic skills in creating a multimedia presentation or web page.
3. Research skills.
4. Presentation skills.

MENC Standards Addressed:

MENC 6: Listening to, analyzing and describing music.
MENC 8: Understanding relationships between music, the other arts, and disciplines outside the arts.
MENC 9: Understanding Music in Relation to History and Culture


Powerpoint presentation and/or Web Page with same information.


This lecture/discussion lesson is targeted to students enrolled in an interdisciplinary type course in which the history and relationships of music, art, history and literature are explored. The students are familiar with the various ensemble types in their environment but are not necessarily aware of how what they know as a band or orchestra arrived at it’s current state of development. This lesson is designed to expose the students to information regarding the history and development of the wind band and allow them to begin individual research projects on related sub-topics in band and music history. Students will select topics highlighted in the lesson and create their own multimedia presentations or web pages on those topics. This lesson fosters a deeper understanding of music history and music in history as well as allowing students to use technology to create interesting presentations.


1. Pre-set Up – Prepare a multimedia presentation that can be used as a lecture/discussion tool and a web page containing the same information so that students may use it as a reference.
2. Show the presentation being sure to elaborate on the information presented and allowing time for listening/viewing of the various media.


1. Class discussion of the information presented.
2. Reaction paper (paragraph) written by each student during the course of presentation or immediately after.
3. Presentations by, class members, of their chosen research topic. Presentations will be graded based on information content as well as creative use of available technology.

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