One of the most important aspects of a good warm-up exercise is that it isolates the concept being addressed. So often I hear an ensemble play an exercise that is meant to help teach balance, blend, intonation, dynamics, and articulation all at the same time. An exercise like that would be perfect as a summative exercise, or as one that is meant to combine concepts the ensemble already has well in hand. But when training those ensemble skills in a warm-up exercise, they must be isolated so that they can be mastered before attempting to combine them.
Peter Loel Boonshaft, Director of Education
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