The Instrumentalist

Articles October 2013

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Directory:
2013 Directory of Music Schools and Colleges

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Interview:
Musical Adventures at Catalina Foothills: An Interview with Renee Shane-Boyd
“We will sometimes record video of students from the symphonic band demonstrating marching techniques and put it on YouTube for me to show to the concert band in the next class period.”
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Jazz:
A History of Jazz Styles
“Jazz history and style are inextricably linked; the music’s brightest voices have always had distinctive styles, some of which spawned movements on their own.”
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Analysis:
Grainger Conducts Grainger
A 1948 recording of Percy Grainger conducting "Irish Tune from County Derry" shows some fascinating insights. At the begining, “he had the melodic instruments blend to the trombones for a lighter color and a bit more projection than the euphonium.”
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Teaching:
Using Students as Teachers
“A parent’s financial concerns or lack of private instructors should never stand in the way of a student receiving lessons. One solution is to create a mentoring program.”
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Personal Perspective:
Opportunities for Growth in Small Schools
“Pep band attendance was often a problem as many music students are also involved with sports. My solution was to open pep band to junior high musicians. I select easier charts and fill seats.”
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Life of Reely:
Juiced
Trey muses about the scandals that would result if performance-enhancing drugs came into the austere world of classical music. “There has been a recent surge in the number of conductors capable of conducting Wagner’s Ring Cycle.”
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Notes from Northfield:
Sharing Favorites

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