The Instrumentalist

Articles October 2011

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Interview:
Passing the Test at Hersey High
Casagrande and his ensembles have thrived since he came to Hersey High School in 1999. The formula for success has included emphasis on fundamentals, frequent testing and accountability, and a strong belief in programming some of greatest music ever written. “Too many directors look past the classics, but I believe the reason this music has lasted so long is that it is truly great.”
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Analysis:
Interpreting Gustav Holst's Second Suite in F
“Holst was not only a master at combining diverse folk songs and dances in one movement, but he was also highly skilled in varying the rhythms, harmony, dynamics, orchestration, texture, and style elements when a folk tune was repeated.”
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College Preparation:
When a Student Asks
“Over the years many high school band directors have said they are sending me the most talented student that have ever taught. When the student arrives, I find he can play the right notes at the right time and in tune. That is not enough. Talented, well-prepared students should have an overall intellectual musical plan.”
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String Clinic:
Teach Strings to Tune
Directors should introduce tuning to students at an early stage. Not only will it improve ear training but it also frees up valuable rehearsal time as students learn to tune themselves.
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Woodwind Clinic:
Bassoon Repairs on a Limited Budget
“Do not bother paying to have an old, cracked wooden bassoon repaired. Old wood bassoons may have problems that are not immediately apparent to the naked eye.”
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One Quick Question:
Wiser College Choices
Several college professors name factors that prospective students often overlook when choosing a college.
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Life of Reely:
Make Rehearsals Memorable
Thanks to his father, a clear tube, a bucket, and one tragic goldfish, Trey gives his students a lesson in suction that they will never forget.
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Notes from Northfield:
Worth the Work
Reflections on high school music festivals.
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