The student edition of “Around the World in Twenty-One Trumpets: A Brass Odyssey” is organized into three time periods:
UNIT I: THE FIRST TRUMPETER (Prehistory)
UNIT II: A BLAST FROM THE ANCIENT PAST (The Ancient World)
UNIT III: “GREEKS! ROMANS! BARBARIANS! LEND ME YOUR TRUMPETS!” (Classical Antiquity)
Each unit consists of a unit opener, three or four chapters, and a unit wrap-up, all of which lead with the ongoing story of Ragnar’s odyssey through time and across the globe.
In chapters 2-10, students visit the “Practice Cave” page where they learn how to play. Each “Practice Cave” page is divided up as follows:
i. Long Note Exercises
ii. Harmonic Note Exercises
iii. Articulation Exercises
2. Make Music!
ii. Play Along
“Exercises!” are designed to help develop the skills required to play the “Make Music” pieces. The Make Music pieces, comprising of an “Improvise” prompt and “Play Along” are directly related to Ragnar’s unfolding story to inspire students imagination and creativity. To further illuminate the story, a dramatized version can be heard, read by British actor Karl Davies online at www.hearragnar.com, along with various sound-scapes and recordings of lip-blown instruments covered throughout the book.
Although students are encouraged to learn by listening to their teacher or playing along with sound files found in Online Resources, all music is provided in notation at the back of the book (“Practice Cave for Music Readers”) for students who are more visual learners, or for those who already know how to read music.
The student edition includes comprehensive introductory materials as well as an index and glossary. To see an overview of the student edition, along with explanations of all available resources, view or download the Teacher’s Edition Sampler.