The Instrumentalist

Articles November 2009

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Interview:
Passionate Teachers, An Interview with Andy Pettus and Leslie Welker
“Many people too often look for music based on the weaknesses in their current ensemble. Those are valid considerations, but I take almost the exact opposite approach. I pick music based on what will push students and force them to step up.”
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Conducting Clinic:
Rehearsing Wisely
“One problem with counting is that teachers want students to use the 1-e-and-a system to count 16th notes. Many high school students understand the system, but grade school students are just starting fractions, which makes the entire concept difficult to grasp.”
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Teaching:
A Composition Project
How Sixth Graders and Directors Teamed Up to Write an Original Band Work “We began work on the piece one movement at a time without telling students whose melodies had been selected. Doing this kept everyone excited to hear if their music was somewhere in the piece.”
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Percussion Clinic:
Quick Tips for Percussionists
“Timpani sound precise up close but muddled out in the audience. Likewise, a snare drum may sound buzzy up close but different in the hall. Various marimba parts may require drastically different mallets to project the intended sound to the seats.”
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Brass Clinic:
The Art of Trombone Section Playing
“The second trombonist is the section’s messenger and mediator. Just as the bass trombonist welds the tuba to the trombone section, the second trombonist joins the first part to the bass.”
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Life of Reely:
The Fun of the Pun
Trey explores connections between music and wordplay.
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