The Instrumentalist

Articles April 2015

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Teaching with Technology:
What Music Can Learn from Sports
“If students see the power of the change pretty quickly, then they get addicted to doing that for themselves. If students watch only their first take, they only see what’s rough.”
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Marching:
The Benefits of Being Small
“At a larger school, the senior might not look twice at the seventh grader. In a band program marching grades seven through twelve, this senior already knows the valuable contribution the seventh grader makes to the band.”
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Marching:
Woodwinds on the Field
“Few flutists start high school with experience playing piccolo, and marching band is the worst possible ensemble in which to play piccolo for the first time.”
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Percussion Clinic:
The Three Aspects of Timpani Playing
“Aggressive playing is active, not lazy; it means being overly attentive to what the rhythm and sound are doing every second you play. It also means being primarily concerned with what the audience hears rather than what the timpanist hears.”
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String Clinic:
Elements of Double Bass Shifting
Bassists begin shifting much earlier than the other strings. Here are some tips on teaching shifting and playing in thumb position.
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Jazz Clinic:
Learning the Language of Improvisation
For truly authentic-sounding improvisation, students should transcribe solos and incorporate one- or two-measure bits of them into their playing.
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Life of Reely:
Brought to You By . . .
Trey contemplates a new fundraising idea inspired by football.
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Obituary:
Clark Terry

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