The Instrumentalist

Articles June 2013

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Interview:
Hard Choices Lead to Great Rewards, An Interview with David Pryor
“Students often learn from each other better than they will from me. I can show students how to play something, but it lights a fire under them if they hear another student do it. They want to be the one who gets called on to demonstrate in class.”
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Teaching:
The Secrets Of Professionals
“Musicianship and teaching ability are important, but I have known some wonderful musicians whose teaching careers were short-lived because they failed to take other areas of work as a professional educator seriously.”
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Marching:
Great Performances While Marching
“When arranging, I am extremely meticulous about notating articulations. I don’t want to leave interpretations of the sound I have in mind to chance.”
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Teaching:
Starting a String Orchestra from Scratch
“Students recruit their friends, and orchestra is experiencing a revival, which is interesting because there are no middle school string programs in any of our feeder schools.”
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Teaching:
Solving Ensemble Performance Anxiety
“The level of director anxiety is usually inversely proportional to the number of rehearsals remaining prior to a major concert or contest.”
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Teaching:
Strategies for Assessing Music Students
If a “goal is for students to improve overall tone quality throughout the year, have a clear idea of how to consistently evaluate and measure that skill.”
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Brass Clinic:
Great Brass Recordings
“Americana by the London Symphony Brass, under the direction of Eric Crees, is a recording that I would take with me if banished to a desert island. Included here are selections by Copland, Bernstein, Cowell, Ives, and Barber.”
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Notes from Northfield:
Almost Viral

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Obituary:
Remembering Janos Starker

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Personal Perspective:
So Much to Learn

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