The Instrumentalist

Articles February 2010

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Interview:
Chatting with Charles Staley
“When teachers and students have a trusting relationship, it’s a lot easier for the students to accept criticism when things aren’t correct. We are all interested in having the music sound as good as it can be; that is the only goal”

Special Web Extra:More with Charles Staley
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Teaching:
Teaching Students to Listen
Directors often remind students to listen carefully but may not give sufficient guidance about how to do this. “The relationship between listening and watching is different for nearly every performer, a dilemma based on a person’s seating location in the ensemble.”
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Interview:
Anne Drummond, The Next Generation of Jazz
After growing up in a musical family amidst the Seattle jazz scene, flutist Anne Drummond is a star on the rise. Her busy professional career has taken her to the recording studios of Manhattan and to many gigs on the road with pianist Kenny Barron.
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Brass Clinic:
Horn Hand Position
Teachers sometimes under- estimate the difficulties young horn students have with using the right hand position.
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Percussion Clinic:
Getting the Grip
A veteran percussion instructor identifies some of the recurring hand position problems of students. “The older students who had been playing with incorrect hand position for several years seemed especially reluctant to change.”
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Woodwind Clinic:
The Secret Lives of Clarinet Pads
From cork pads that come from oak trees in Portugal to the carpet beetle larvae that sometimes grow under bladder pads, there is much to know about the choices available to clarinetists.
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