The Instrumentalist

Articles April 2009

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Interview:
Stars of Indiana, Keith Rudolph and the Penn High School Bands
Shortly before the band went on, Rudolph noticed that the oboe soloist was near tears. “I walked over to her and asked, ‘Are you okay?’ She said, ‘I am so scared.’ I responded, ‘You know, I am too. We are going to get through this.’ She played great during the concert.”
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Teaching:
Chamber Music All Year
“The cohesive sound of a chamber ensemble – musicians sitting down and making music together – is the essence of what directors strive for with students.”
Web Extra: 2006 Interview with Greg Snyder
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Conducting Clinic:
Learning to Listen
Being able to listen to an ensemble perform, then analyze the difficulties with pitch, rhythm, dynamics, and style, then immediately correct them, is one of the most daunting tasks for new music educators.
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Brass Clinic:
Cornets and Pocket Trumpets for Beginning Players
Parents and teachers alike are often confused about which instrument is best for students. Beginners on trumpet may show up to the first band class with anything from a great grandfather’s cornet to a new silver- plated professional instrument.
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Teaching:
Guiding Student Teachers
Good mentors influence generations of people, more than the novice student teachers who look to them for help during student teaching.
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Lark on Jazz:
Secrets of Sub-di-vi-sion
“It is important to feel the music, but it is more important to subdivide the beats correctly.”
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Life of Reely:
Organized Mess
“No matter that some of the piles of paper in my office have been around since the Reagan administration. I like to keep them close at hand, ready to refer to at a moment’s notice.
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Notes from Northfield:
Passing on a Treasure

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