The Instrumentalist

Articles February 2009

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Interview:
Everyone's In Music
Not everybody at this Minnesota middle school participates in band, orchestra, or choir, but this talented, energetic team of teachers has made music part of the culture.
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Miscellaneous:
The Art of Sightreading
“A director in California has students sightread at concerts to prepare them for festivals. Students have remarked that sightreading at festivals is much easier than doing it in front of their parents.”
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Miscellaneous:
Common Sightreading Problems
“Years ago I realized that playing music with irregular phrase lengths forced students to count carefully and to trust their counting.”
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Miscellaneous:
Rediscovered Gems of Vincent Persichetti
Persichetti’s most popular works come from a narrow period of years. A number of his less well-known efforts are equally meritorious.
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Woodwind Clinic:
Overcoming Clarinet Tendencies
The best clarinetists anticipate their pitch tendencies and adjust to them before intonation becomes a problem.
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Miscellaneous:
A Maze of Editions
The differences between various types of musical works are not often clear, with original works referred to as arrangements and arrangements as orchestrations or editions.
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Idea Exchange:
One Quick Tip
We asked 12 expert teachers to share one tip on their primary instrument.
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Life of Reely:
International Pep Band Competition
Bands can earn points for volume, horn flashes, and even destruction.
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