The Instrumentalist

Articles July 2009

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Interview:
Inspiring Students to Take the Lead, An Interview with Scott Lang
As Lang has learned through many years in the classroom, a music program improves when the director can devote less time to administrative tasks and more time to the music.
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Marching:
10 Tips to Improve Drill Writing
“It is perfectly acceptable to have a section stand still while the rest of the band moves around it.”
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Teaching:
Check Patterns
Wind players often lag behind percussionists in rhythmic ability. Here are some great exercises to close the gap.
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Brass Clinic:
Starting Young Players on Tuba
“If my school owned three tubas, I would aim for three players in 6th grade, three in 7th grade, and three in 8th grade, each with his own mouthpiece.”
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Instrumentalist Classic:
Smart Work
These two short articles offer perspectives on the importance of making the most of rehearsal time.
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Idea Exchange:
Another Military Option, Life in a Guard Band
For busy band directors, a part-time gig in a National Guard band provides great opportunities to travel and perform while serving the country.
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Profile:
Remembering Sousa
Sousa’s gravesite in the Historic Congressional Cemetery has a fascinating history.
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Instrumentalist Classic:
If Only I Had Less Rehearsal Time
This short article offers a perspective on the importance of making the most of rehearsal time.
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Notes from Northfield:
Clap Happy

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Life of Reely:
Title Search
"I asked my students what they thought about calling me Sensei Reely. I believed the term had an authoritative, rough-around-the-edges cuddliness to it that they would find appealing. "
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