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Marines’ Hymn, Rearranged

Marines’ Hymn, Rearranged

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.

Hail to the Chief

Hail to the Chief

With Independence Day coming up, and upon seeing this Facebook post, I wrote a brief arrangement (filed under the “Intermediate” folder) based on the Presidential Anthem:

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.