The Instrumentalist

Articles April 2010

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Interview:
An Interview with John Lynch
“Conductors who want to evaluate their technique should record themselves conducting both a performance and a rehearsal. A concert tape shows skill at nonverbal communication and how much energy you can generate. A rehearsal tape shows how you hear, how you communicate what you hear, and your skill in fixing problems.”
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Teaching:
What We Learn Along the Way
“It is amazing the number of mistakes I miss in a full rehearsal, even when I record it and listen to it later. Individual assessment is vital to making sure that a student is performing well and understands musical concepts taught in class.”
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Brass Clinic:
Growing a Quintet with the Carolina Brass
“Young chamber ensemble musicians usually try to get their attacks together, but once they learn to release together, they will really make music; this is what we strive for in Carolina Brass.”
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Woodwind Clinic:
Saxophone Solutions
“With the multitude of keys on the saxophone, the possibilities for playing alternate notes are endless. The problem is finding the best possible combination of fingerings that produce the most efficient, fluid result for difficult passages while helping to correct problems with pitch and technique.”
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Middle School Tips:
Keep Daily Drills from Becoming Routine
“If the band has been working on Remington-type exercises, directors can extend the range, change the meter, or increase the tempo to keep things fresh. Adding more difficult rhythms and time signatures will enhance articulation drills. The idea is to keep exercises from become stale.”
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Life of Reely:
Getting the Gig, Tips for Job Hunters
When updating a resume and applying for jobs, there is a fine line between candor and too much information. Telling a potential employer that one of your career achievements is “donating blood – 14 gallons so far” probably shares too much.
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Music Advocacy:
A New Wave of Cuts in Music Programs

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