Pro Tips for Band Directors:

Exploring the Masterworks 


Part 4: Percy Grainger Colonial Song


Percy Grainger’s compositions for wind band are among the most impactful works in the repertoire. His methods for adapting folk song styles, along with firm beliefs in the democratic nature of music-making, infuse works like Colonial Song with immense rewards and challenges for the conductor and performers alike!

Join Dr. Chad R Nicholson as he delves into this beautiful piece, giving tips and techniques that enhance conducting gestures and help draw the most out of your ensembles.

Course Outline

Session One: Introduction

  • Outline and Background
  • General Score Study

Sessions Two & Three:

  • Score Study

Session Four & Five:

  • Conducting & Rehearsal Strategies



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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"