The Instrumentalist

Articles September 2010

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Music Advocacy:
The 2010 Survey of School Music Budgets
There is a trend toward a lower percentage of school budgets coming from tax money. A director in Wisconsin comments that “fine arts boosters keep us current on finances. Without the boosters we would be really hurting just to attend a festival.”
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Personal Perspective:
The Writings of Harry Begian (1921-2010)
Harry Begian loved the sound of a full concert band, and his articles frequently reflected that feeling. Enjoy this sampling of the wisdom and advice Harry shared with us over many years. (Links to full text of articles included)
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Instrumentalist Classic:
The Band Director’s Bad Weather Aptitude Test
Sun, wind, rain, and snow affect both instruments and musicians in a number of ways, but as one director put it, “Our rehearsal philosophy is that it might be that way on Saturday.”
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Interview:
The Creative Spirit of Composer Libby Larsen
“I first use large sheets of manuscript paper and sketch chords and motivic ideas. An onlooker would think that this barely resembles a musical composition. The page is often filled with arrows and mathematical formulas.”
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Brass Clinic:
Teaching Young Hornists
“The age-old prescription of two-thirds upper lip and one-third lower lip really does work, although jaw and lips may affect mouthpiece placement.”
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Advice for Students:
Advice for College Music Majors
“Your first teaching encounter may be volunteering in a school program. This is an excellent way to develop your talents and also make valuable contacts for future employment.”
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Marching:
Fruhauf Uniforms Turns 100
A chance encounter in a tailor shop a century ago produced one of the mainstays of the school music industry.
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Between the Lines:
Between the Lines, Spatial Awareness
Two outstanding form-maintenance exercises will help students master dress, cover, and all other aspects of spatial awareness on the field.
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Life of Reely:
Leader of the Nerds
Trey Reely on whether most band students fit the stereotype of a nerd.
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Notes from Northfield:
My Friend, Harry Begian

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