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Re: Teaching tuning!
You first need to teach what "out of tune" is. Once you have that down (the students can identify "out of tune") you can start having them adjust. They can't fix it if they don't know how to listen for it. We do this in beginner band by matching pitch. The beginners play surprisingly well in tune by the end of the year. We do use individual tuners after the beginner year, but that is mainly for a) initial tuning of the instrument b) trouble notes. The majority of the time they just listen and match. In fact, I rarely mention tuning at all other than to check it every now and then, and it is usually someone whose instrument is just out of tune or a trombone missing 5th position.
But, if you truly have good tone qualities then most of the tuning work is done. That and pushing and pulling instrument parts will get you about 95% there. In the past 6-7 years our judges have rarely said a word about tuning unless it was tied directly to our tone (usually pushing past a good one in louder dynamics or not plying with a full sound in SR).
How do you approach teaching intonation and tuning with a higher level band? This is a weak area at my school (the fundamental sounds are really good) and it is not my strongest teaching area. What have you used that has been successful?