Flying Start Band Method by Dr Phillip Rutherford

The Flying Start Band Method is a new and innovative approach for beginner musicians and what’s more, it’s Australian!

  • Flexible format with left-hand pages designed for each instrument and right-hand pages for integrated band work
  • Solid pedagogical approach catering for individual instruments.
  • Variety of repertoire including folk songs and indigenous music from Australia and around the world, classical, rock and original compositions.
  • 30 band arrangements of varying levels suitable for band concert performances throughout the year.
  • Rounds, duets and trios to allow flexibility for group tutorials
  • Extension pieces for more advanced students.
  • Activities designed for creativity and improvisation.                  
  • Clear explanations of musical concepts.

Dr Phillip Rutherford

Phillip received his PhD and Masters in Music (Composition) at Sydney Conservatorium, and received his Bachelor of Music at Newcastle Conservatorium.

He works as Head of Musicianship at the Central Coast Conservatorium of Music, teaching all aspects of Music Theory, history and composition, and has written a series of books as a new Musicianship course, The Poco Musician.

As a performer and conductor Phillip is currently in charge of the Primary Wind Ensemble (‘Superband’) and has previously been Musical Director of Gosford City Brass Band and Central Coast Youth Band, and has performed in the Central Coast Symphony Orchestra, Central Coast Brass, Gosford City Brass Band and Waratah Brass.

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