The Instrumentalist

Articles August 2016

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Notes from Northbrook:
The Best Part of the Day
"My hope for all new music teachers is that they can come home and say that their favorite part of the day was making music with children and knowing that many, perhaps most of the children, were excited to make music too."
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Advice for New Teachers:
My Music Teacher Is My Superhero
Reflections of First- and Second-Year Teachers
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Interview:
Serving through Music, An Interview with John Cisetti
This 37-year veteran shares lessons learned along the way, including all the uses for a 20'x30' American flag.
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Personal Perspective:
The Battle over Military Bands
"My goal is not to argue for a specific level of funding or a specified number of musical units. It is to illustrate from my perspective just how important music is within our armed forces."
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Teaching:
Beginning Band, College Style
How an instrumental methods course became one of the most popular classes on campus.
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Marching Clinic:
Perfecting the Visuals
Sometimes the best way to clean marching technique is by abandoning the block.
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Marching Clinic:
Balancing the Sound In the Parade Block
A break from the traditional formations will help audiences hear all the parts at the same time.
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Jazz Clinic:
Improvisation in Beginning Jazz Combos
For the first solos, less is more.
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Life of Reely:
Reelyís Rules of Thumb
"Donít put much stock in the first year or two at a new school in terms of whether students previously taught by another director accept you. If they love you from the get go, great; if not, give it time."
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