The Instrumentalist

Articles September 2012

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Interview:
Learning to Read a Rehearsal, An Interview with Duane Chun
“When I run a rehearsal, students know that I am listening to everybody. Anyone is liable to get asked a question. I usually ask a question of the whole group only when I am confident about the answer I will get and can use it to move the rehearsal forward.”
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Marching:
The Best and Worst from the Marching Field
We asked some excellent directors from around the country to share their memories of the best and worst marching show ideas they have witnessed. “Probably the worst show I’ve seen was a Riverdance program. The concept itself was not that bad, however, the show was based around one color guard member who did Irish dancing in front of the field the entire time. It was a potentially good show that needed to integrate all parts of the group.”
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Teaching:
Improvising During Rehearsal
“Directors work on this skill with jazz band students, but not with all students in the band and orchestra programs. The following guidelines will get students improvising while still using rehearsal time effectively.”
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Woodwind Clinic:
The Easy Move from Alto Sax
“Most problems that will arise from switching will be in producing a good sound. Any needed adjustments to the embouchure can be found quickly and by playing on the mouthpiece alone.”
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Woodwind Clinic:
Making Reeds Behave
“The ability to make simple reed adjustments is essential. However, learning reed adjustment techniques can pose an insurmountable obstacle for those who are not comfortable using oboe reed making equipment.”
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Life of Reely:
What Band Directors Like
“Male directors like tuxedos, particularly if the tux has tails. Directors like the inevitable compliments from their spouse and students on their snazziness. It gives them the feeling that for at least one moment they are a Revelli, a Toscanini, a Reiner, or a Bernstein.”
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Brass Clinic:
Getting Ready for College
This brass clinic gives advice to high school trumpet players who are considering a major in music. Preparation should begin early and focus on the fundamentals of playing.
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Personal Perspective:
The Road Forward Circles Around Lessons Learned in High School Can Shape a Career

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