Pro Tips for Band Directors:
Exploring the Masterworks 

1. Gustav Holst
First Suite in E-flat



Dr. Chad R Nicholson

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Join Dr. Chad R Nicholson as he explores one of the most iconic pieces written for the modern wind band! He breaks down each movement, guiding students through the score to highlight many of Holst’s compositional ideas that make this a masterpiece in the genre. Then, Dr. Nicholson takes up the baton to share his most effective strategies for rehearsing and conducting this masterpiece. As an experienced band director, Dr. Nicholson focuses on practical solutions to the issues that most commonly occur in the music, and students will be able to immediately implement his suggestions with their own groups.

Course Outline

Session One: Introduction

  • Outline and Background
  • General Score Study

Session Two: Movement 1 "Chaconne"

  • Score Study
  • Conducting & Rehearsal Strategies

Session Three: Movement 2 "Intermezzo"

  • Score Study
  • Conducting & Rehearsal Strategies

Session Four: Movement 3 "March"

  • Score Study
  • Conducting & Rehearsal Strategies
Session 1


Session 2

"Movement 1: CHACONNE"

Session 3

"Movement 2: INTERMEZZO"

Session 4

"Movement 3: MARCH"

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Pro Tips for Band Directors: Exploring the Masterworks looks into five different works that are standards in the wind band repertoire. Each course discusses one work and what makes that work important, then talks about ways to bring the musical expressiveness in that piece out of your students. 

Full Pro Tips for Band Directors Series


Includes 5 full stand-alone video courses

  1. Gustav HolstFirst Suite in E-flat
  2. Gustav HolstSuite No. 2 in F

  3. Ralph Vaughan WilliamsEnglish Folk Song Suite

  4. Percy GraingerColonial Song

  5. Norman Dello JoioScenes from "The Louvre"