Pro Tips for Band Directors:
Exploring the Masterworks


3. Ralph Vaughan Williams
English Folk Song Suite


In this course, Dr. Chad R Nicholson examines the first wind band composition by Ralph Vaughan Williams, drawing comparisons and contrasts to other masterworks of the British Band era. A perfect companion to the Holst suites, this masterwork provides numerous challenges for ensembles of every skill level, and Dr. Nicholson takes a practical look at the score to draw out important conducting gestures and rehearsal ideas that can help conductors bring the most music out of this deceptively difficult piece!

Course Outline

Session One: Introduction

  • Outline and Background
  • General Score Study

Session Two: Movement 1 "March: Seventeen Come Sunday"

  • Score Study
  • Conducting & Rehearsal Strategies

Session Three: Movement 2 "Intermezzo: My Bonny Boy'"

  • Score Study
  • Conducting & Rehearsal Strategies

Session Four: Movement 3 "March: Folk Songs From Somerset"

  • Score Study
  • 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"