COUNTS OF SILENCE
A Sixteen Week Program to Enhance Rhythmic Counting
BY QUINCY C. HILLIARD
Quincy Hilliard’s Counts of Silence is a sixteen-week program suitable for students in their second year of music or beyond. Covering different rhythmic patterns and concepts in each unit, Counts of Silence is the perfect resource for the modern band room. While the focus of the book is on counting notes and rests, the development of a solid foundation in rhythm is the ultimate goal. Counts of Silence is designed to make teaching and learning easy, with key centers including F, B♭, E♭, and A♭ (& their relative minors). Written by an experienced music educator and composer, Counts of Silence is an essential tool for elevating your musician’s rhythmic accuracy.
Quincy C. Hilliard’s compositions for wind band are published by a variety of well known publishers. In 2014, Hilliard received the prestigious Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Award in the Classical Music Division. Most recently, he was recognized with a second Global Music Award for his work as a composer. In 2012, one of his pieces, Coty (clarinet and piano) was recorded on a CD that was nominated for a Grammy Award. In 2008, he was commissioned by the Library of Congress to compose a work in celebration of the bicentennial of the birth of Abraham Lincoln. He is frequently commissioned to compose works, including one for the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta and a score for a documentary film, The Texas Rangers. For many years, the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP) has recognized him with annual awards for the unusually frequent performance of his compositions. Hilliard is regularly invited to conduct, demonstrate effective techniques, and adjudicate festivals throughout the world. Because Hilliard, the composer, conductor, and educator, is also a scholar of Aaron Copland’s music and life, Copland estate administrators authorized Hilliard to publish the educational performance edition, Copland for Solo Instruments (Boosey and Hawkes, 1999). Hilliard currently holds the position of Composer in Residence and is the Heymann Endowed Professor of Music at the University of Louisiana, Lafayette.