The Instrumentalist

Articles December 2011

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Feature:
2011 Midwest Preview The Road to Chicago
Here are a few of the performances that caught our eye at the upcoming December Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic.
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Feature:
Midwest Preview Roundup of Clinics
The variety of clinics presented at Midwest is always one of the most valuable aspects of the event – but it can be difficult to choose among the many options. This short compilation offers a preview of just a few of the upcoming events.
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Programming:
Common Elements of Successful Concert Programs
“A program this fall had different historical styles, some harder works for the top players, a modern solo with band accompaniment, and a toe-tapper march. Each piece has its place on the show. A good director should know the music, the audience, and the ensemble.”
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Recruiting:
Take Recruiting on the Road
The instrumental music teachers of the Bakersfield City School District join together each year to present a short recruiting assembly at each elementary school in the district. The fun, innovative show is eagerly anticipated by students and teachers, and since 2004, enrollment in the music program has increased 30%.
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Brass Clinic:
Great Books for Promising Trumpet Players
This list offers private teachers and directors resources for those students who show incredible promise and want the technical and musical skills needed for college auditions and beyond.
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String Clinic:
Tools for a Great Start
“A frog sticker placed on the side of the frog where the fingers hang over will help the beginner remember to gently tickle the frog rather than squeeze it.”
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One Quick Question:
Start Strong in the New Year

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Notes from Northfield:
Winter in Chicago

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Profile:
90th Birthday Celebration for Robert Willoughby
Colleagues and former students gathered recently to honor this great teacher and flutist.
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Life of Reely:
Band Directors’ Letters to Santa

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