Ivan, Were it not rather expected by the parents, I too feel that melodies and songs selected with progression are much more inspiring than method books and afford a more perceptive view of ultimate goals, yet still contain all the elements one needs to pursue accomplishment. To me, the rest is note values, tempo, chromatic scale and notations.
Why I do not feel that I ever needed Herbert Clark's books is that I was originally taught by Dr. Walter H. Cameron who had played cornet with Sousa and Ringling Brothers and I learned when very few publications were available during WWII.
In college it seemed the method was more directed towards whatever field or stage performance was the professor's immediate goal, and this I perceive in current high school band direction as well.
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