The Instrumentalist

Articles August 2014

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Teaching:
Concise Definitions Of Basic Concepts
One of the best ways to help the sound of an ensemble is to make sure that all students know the same definitions for ensemble concepts and articulations.
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Conducting Clinic:
Podium Strategies: Craftsmanship and Artistry
“Use of the joints while conducting should follow a progression. The tiniest, most delicate gestures begin with the fingers acting alone to move the baton. The fingers, wrist, elbow, shoulder, and chest are each engaged in sequence.”
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Percussion Clinic:
Demystifying Marching Percussion
Here are some ideas of what to look for and the best exercises to use when working with marching percussion. “I recommend having students mark time as much as possible while playing during warmups.”
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Brass Clinic:
Mellophone Mouthpieces
The question of whether to use a trumpet mouthpiece, a mellophone mouthpiece, or a horn mouthpiece with an adapter has sparked much debate.
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Marching:
Planning Game Day
“Although the general time-frame and schedule are very important for students and parents to know, there is so much more that can be done in the planning process to ensure a smooth day for both the band and you.”
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Administration:
Crafting a Better Band Schedule
“Our community’s traditions and the opportunity to perform in front of their family and friends were far more important to students than the prospect of performing at a contest in another state.”
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Analysis:
On Tempo
“Singing is a very helpful and expressive way to determine the proper tempo. When sung, the melody usually will connect to the tempo that reveals the emotional expressivity in the music.”
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Woodwind Clinic:
F Fingering Frustration
“When beginning a new piece, assign oboists the extra task of selecting a fingering for each F in their part. They can mark their choice by writing R, L, or F (for regular, left, or forked, respectively) above the note.”
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Notes from Northfield:
Gift to Be Simple

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Life of Reely:
A Dictionary of Success

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