The Instrumentalist

Articles May 2012

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Marching:
Making the Marching Band Stand Out
“Having attended numerous high school football games, marching band competitions, and parades as both a spectator and adjudicator, it has become increasingly apparent in recent years that many high school marching bands have an identity crisis.”
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Interview:
Give Everyone a Chance to Shine, An Interview with Richard Meyer
“Remember that you are teaching people, not music. The students in the back of the group for whom it doesn’t come easily or quickly are the core of the program, so make sure to give them enough attention and help. That took me a while to learn.”
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Jazz Clinic:
The Lasting Value of Jazz Transcription
One of the best ways to help students become fluent in jazz style is through transcription. From the spare, haunting solos of Miles Davis to the tasty licks of Dexter Gordon, there are countless great recordings that can aid students in learning the nuances of jazz.
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Percussion Clinic:
Equipped to Succeed
Directors can avoid many common percussion problems with adequate preparation and the right equipment. “I have heard far too many otherwise carefully detailed performances diminished by poor quality triangles. Just as a student-model clarinet sounds considerably different from a professional instrument, a cheap triangle sounds like a lead pipe compared to a carefully crafted model.”
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Conducting Clinic:
Teaching More Than the Next Concert
If the band seems to forget how to play immediately after a concert, it may be that directors are offering quick fixes rather than teaching concepts that prepare students to play all types of music well. One popular study indicates that directors spend less than 3% of instructional time teaching musical concepts.
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Notes from Northfield:
Adventures in Sydney

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Minute Clinic:
Tone Production
This new feature gives directors quick fixes to common playing problems. First up are exercises to quickly improve tone production in beginning students.
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Life of Reely:
River City Revisited
There is trouble in River City, and Trey gets to the bottom of it in an interview with the lead character of The Music Man, Harold Hill.
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Miscellaneous:
ASTA 2012 National Conference

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