I always felt there was something off with my old Marines’ Hymn arrangement from 2012; I suspected it was the lack of constant subdivision, which a march-like piece like this really needs. So I riddled it with more eighth notes all the way through, finally added the lyrics to the piece, and, lastly, stripped the page of all fingering to push students to figure out their own. I replaced the old version on the Works page in the “Intermediate” folder with this one.
This helps students master:
- control of simultaneous, independent staccato versus non-staccato across the hands
- crisp, dotted eighth-sixteenth rhythms
- Jumps in the left hand
This may also be used as a rapid assessor to gauge all new pupils’ understanding of music, as teachers can ask about the key, repeats, and tenuto marks.
A late-intermediate arrangement has been added to Works. It is missing all dynamics and some notes in the bottom system, for manual student input.