The Instrumentalist

Articles June July 2012

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Conducting Clinic:
Leading Rehearsals with Discipline and Dignity
“I think young teachers have a good knowledge of music and know fingerings and rhythms. However, they do not know how to set a routine to move through a lesson and keep the pace. If students get bored, they drop out.”
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String Clinic:
Bad Bass Habits
“Watch for bassists taking their instruments out of the case the way a violinist does by laying the instrument down flat on its back. A bass should never be laid down; all packing or unpacking should be done with the instrument standing up on the endpin, which should be all the way in.”
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Jazz Clinic:
Improvisation in 12 Weeks
“Many directors, especially those who rehearse after school, can get caught up in rehearsing the music and neglect to set aside time for improvisation in every rehearsal.”
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Woodwind Clinic:
Saxophone Maintenance
“The end plug is a simple circular device that is inserted into the body of the saxophone while it is stored. Students may conclude that the plug serves no function and simply stop using it. The function of the end plug is to protect the octave mechanism on the body of the saxophone.”
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Teaching with Technology:
Planning Multimedia Concerts
“The cost and time commitment of producing such concerts are low; all that is needed is a computer, relatively inexpensive software, and a means to project the images and videos.”
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Notes from Northfield:
What I’ve Learned In Ten Years

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Life of Reely:
Mozart & Microbes
“I’ve long been aware of the sundry claims about the effects of Mozart’s music, and decided to see if it could really improve my quality of life.”
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Minute Clinic:
Rehearsal Habits
This new feature gives directors quick fixes to common playing problems. Start your beginners off right next fall with these helpful ideas.
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