Band Fundamentals - Book 1
Book 1 starts with the introduction of five pitches. There are adequate whole rests that offer recovery time between the notes. The rests diminish to the point that there are several series of eight successive whole notes.
Whole rests are an important part of the early lines. These whole rests allow recovery time and add to student success. They also give you a chance to interject directives to students.
Most students feel they have really practiced when they have played through a song three times! Inexperienced music students generally do not have the ability to take a challenging song, break it down into manageable parts, practice them, and then reassemble the song. In Book One they read eight or nine different lines of music that gradually build the skills necessary to successfully play the song. The students actually have effective practice routines written out for them. This is a great help in those first several months of learning.