The Instrumentalist

Articles December 2010

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Feature:
2010 Midwest Preview
With thousands of directors about to descend on Chicago, we give our annual look at the performers and clinicians who will make the week memorable.
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Interview:
An Interview with Kenneth Kiesler
“Conducting lessons have more often than not been taught publicly, because conductors need an ensemble and learn from watching and listening to each other. At Michigan, all the conductors gather twice a week to conduct a small orchestra. Each student conducts the same repertoire, so there are opportunities to learn from someone else’s mistakes or wonderful ideas.”
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Feature:
Remembering Harvey Phillips
As the musical world mourns the tuba’s most tireless advocate, we share the remarkable story of Harvey Phillips in his own words. “In 1942 our band’s only sousaphone player joined the Navy, and my high school band director asked me to play sousaphone. That was one of the most wonderful things that ever happened to me.”
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Analysis:
In Praise of Folk Music
Although some purists prefer to conduct only original band works, pieces derived from folk songs can give students an opportunity to play music with interesting ideas but easy rhythms and ranges.
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Conducting Clinic:
Giving Music Students a Look at the Future
“In a previous district, I organized an honor group for the best instrumentalists from the feeder schools. It always sounded fantastic, but in retrospect I am not sure I did enough to appeal to those students on the fringe of dedication.”
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Teaching:
Preparing Students for Alternative Music Careers
Many students are deeply interested in music but do not want to pursue a career as a teacher. Here are some techniques to show students the myriad music careers outside the classroom.
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Music Advocacy:
Understanding Administrators
Directors sometimes complain about distant administrators who do not support the music program. Here is a quick primer of organizations and publications that influence administrators and may affect how they view your program.
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Marching Clinic:
Winter Marching Planning
It is wise to contact arrangers and show designers early, especially if you are considering using someone new. Avoid assuming someone who provided this service last year will do it again.”
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Life of Reely:
Rude People
“I have always been puzzled at how people can sit in a large crowd and not recognize that they are the only ones being rude.”
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Notes from Northfield:
For the Joy of It

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