Summer School #14: Counting off the band is a really important skill that every musician should have. Singers and instrumentalists alike should feel comfortable counting off the band in any tempo and groove, as should choral directors, band directors and anyone else who might work with a live band or even just a pianist. The ability to count off the band is an important skill that shows that you know how to address the musicians and speak their language. It also puts you in greater control of how a musical experience will work out, since you will get to decide the tempo and the groove of the piece. Learn how!