Capstone Project Title
Jana Lo Bello Miller
Rehearsing an ensemble of beginning band students is a joy and adventure. Every student who enters the band room for rehearsal is excited to take out their instrument and play. The excitement and other emotions students have when they walk into class can affect the energy and tone of a rehearsal. This capstone project is for band directors who teach beginning band and are in need of a more focused rehearsal setting and routine. Centering and mindfulness practices have been around for centuries. Practicing centering and mindfulness helps call down the mind and body. This capstone explores the question: how will self-centering and breathing practices improve and promote purposeful learning in beginning band? This project is a unit of eight lessons. This unit includes selected centering, mindfulness, and breathing activities for beginning band directors to incorporate into their daily rehearsal warm-up routines. Each activity involves inclusion and openness. Every lesson in this unit includes: scripted centering, mindfulness, and breathing activities, a customizable warm-up and rehearsal template, data collection forms to keep track of student focus throughout the unit, reflection opportunities, and finally, additional items including motivational and mindfulness quotes.
Classroom Management, Leadership, Music
Toppen, Leah, "How Will Self-Centering and Breathing Practices Improve and Promote Purposeful Learning In Beginning Band" (2020). School of Education Student Capstone Projects. 575.
School of Education Student Capstone Projects